During our recent visit of Sri Lanka we visited Galle. Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle is the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka. The biggest attraction of Galle, is the Galle Fort. Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese , then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Galle Fort is a maze of old buildings. There are churches, administrative buildings and stores on the same lane. The restored buildings take you back to 17th century. It is of archaeological and historical significance to Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the “Ramparts of Galle”, withstood the tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town.
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