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Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle

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Introduction

Galle was said to be the ancient city of Tarshish. As legend has it, the port traded not only with Persians and Egyptians, but also with King Solomon. The place suits this romantic notion, for it remains something of a time warp and preserves a distinctive character - European architecture with South Asian influences. This is thanks to the fort built by the Dutch in 1663 and further fortified by the Portuguese, which continues to protect the buildings within. Walk through the fort gates, and wander and wonder at the beguiling collection of buildings and culture stretching back centuries.

Fort Galle remains a functioning community, with offices, local companies and people living and working here. Some of the old villas are now boutique hotels, and some vintage Dutch villas are now rental properties, adding further to the ambience, as does the Galle Literary Festival. The ramparts surrounding this eclectic mix make for a splendid walk with splendid views, particularly from the old magazine by the 20-metre-high lighthouse - built by the British in 1939. In one direction lies the ever-changing sea, on the other the preserved architectural delights of this World Heritage Site.

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Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,895 pp incl. flights

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From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

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Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,895 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £100 pp
Book by: 31 January 2019

From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

Sri Lankan Wildlife and Whales

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,165 pp incl. flights

A week-long trip to Sri Lanka, including the Sinharaja Rainforest, Yala National Park, and whale and dolphin watching on the south coast

Top places to stay in Galle

The Fortress Resort and Spa, Galle

Contemporary resort

A boutique beachfront resort - and Wexas favourite - The Fortress Resort and Spa is styled like an ancient Dutch fort, blending Dutch and Portuguese influences with Sri Lankan motifs and furnishings.

Aditya Resort, Galle

Contemporary resort

Aditya Resort is an exclusive beachside resort, in a fascinating corner of Galle Island

AVANI Kalutara Resort Sri Lanka

Contemporary resort

Set on a peninsula with the Indian Ocean on side and the mighty Kalu Ganga River on the other, the AVANI Kalutara Resort seamlessly blends authentic Sri Lankan culture, old colonial charm and contemporary design.

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