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Colonial Influences and Local Traditions at Galle Fort

The influence of three colonial nations has dramatically changed Sri Lanka socially, culturally, and economically. In this Online Experience, I will help you find these influences on local culture and architecture.

From Galle
Online Experience
1 Hour
Upto 10 people
English, French
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the city of Galle
  • See the colonial influences on the city's architecture and culture
  • Visit famous landmarks like the Black Fort and Governor House
  • Explore the Sun, Moon, and Star bastions

The influence of three colonial nations has dramatically changed Sri Lanka socially, culturally, and economically. In this interactive Online Experience live-streamed from the Dutch Fort at Galle, I will help you find these influences as they apply to local culture and architecture. You will thus get to virtually explore the points in space and history where this beautiful old city finds its origins. Additionally, I will also amuse you with wonderful facts about how the city got its name and regale you with the thrilling story of what made - and continues to make - it such an irresistible place to be. 

The tour will begin with a visit to famous landmarks such as the Sun, Moon, and Star bastions and the Black Fort. As we walk along the streets, we will examine some of the city's oldest buildings. This includes the Dutch Reformed Church, the Anglican Church, Dutch-period Warehouse, Governor House, Dutch Hospital, and typical Dutch houses that are more than 150 years old. 

Today Galle has a multi-ethnic, multi-religious population living harmoniously, and they have many rituals, traditions, customs, festivals; I will help you understand these throughout this tour.

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 30 USD per screen OR as a private session for 80 USD for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Naren Vithanawasam

I have been working as a national tourist guide lecturer in Sri Lanka for more than 10 years and with tourHQ for three years. Tour guiding is my way of life; I love interacting with people and sharing my knowledge with them. My guiding motto is to make sure by clients end the tours delighted and satisfied.

As a person who was born and grew up in Galle Fort, I have confidence that I have a sound knowledge of its history, culture, social background and livelihood of different communities, architecture, legends and stories behind the monuments and particular buildings.

From USD 30 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.