Galle Fort Walk And Building Archaeologist

  • 3 Hours (Approx.)

  • Galle Tour

  • Min 2 People

  • English

  • Guide Price From£69pp

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    • Immerse the afternoon with rich history, archaeology and architectural heritage of the Galle Fort with a Researcher and Building Archaeologist. The colonists built several western style forts, mostly in and round the coast of the island, with the first being the Portuguese. These forts were captured and expanded by the Dutch, who was in turn captured and occupied by the British. Your walk begins on the Ramparts, starting from the Dutch period, winding is way through ancient quarry’s and old dungeons. You’d also see a working lighthouse and learn about the Fort’s colourful history. The 150 years or rich history is apparent everywhere with streets of colonial villas protected by coral bastions and sounds of breaking waves just beyond.

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      What's Included
    • Guided walking tour
    • All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking
    • Cost Excludes
    • Pick and drop from your hotel ( Can arrange at extra cost once we know which hotel you need picking up from)
    • Excursions & detours beyond the itinerary
    • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, drinks and gratuities, photo fees at some monuments
    • Additional Information

    • Must apply for Visa before arrive in Srilanka. To apply go to
    • This is only an offer without any obligation on day tour, until such time the tour is confirmed and availability is checked
    • General Information

    • Galle is known as the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices. Galle is a “Living” UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the capital of the Southern Province. It is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505.  It was later captured and fortified by the Dutch who ruled the maritime area in Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries. The City still has an aura of old Holland. Within the well preserved 90 acre Galle Fort there are ramparts built in 1663 with old Dutch churches and monuments with armorial bearings along with an imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669. There are many well preserved ancient Dutch houses and narrow alleys which still have Dutch names. The New Oriental Hotel which was built for a Dutch governor in 1684 is a colonial gem which has now been converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel. There are several boutique hotels which indicate the importance of this location. 
    • Time difference GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (summer) +6 hours 30 minutes (winter time)
    • The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Average yearly temperatures range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C (25.2 °F) to 18 °C (32.4 °F).[186]
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    • The whole day tour can be tailored to your requirement if needed.
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