Galle is a city with a rich history. First colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch have also left their mark.
The old city of Galle is nestled in a fort, dating from the 16 century. In the past, many transit goods passed through this important port.
Today, the city is split into two parts, one side with the old, abandoned city and the other side with the modern city.
Therefore I advise you to concentrate your visit to the fort and the inside of its walls.
So both cultural visits and relaxation are both on offer !
Galle is a magnificent natural harbour . UNESCO has classified its entirety as the greatest preserved Dutch fortress in the world. You will visit the area of the fort, the ancient city is surrounded by Dutch ramparts. Under its porch you will find the entrance to the Marine museum, the Utrecht bastion is dominated by its white lighthouse dating from World War II. On Church Street, the Reformed Church reformed Groote Kerk, a great, solely Protestant sobriety, was built in the late XVIII century.
Galle is a city with a rich history. First colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch have also left their mark. The old city of Galle is nestled in the fort, dating from the 16 th century. We therefore advise you to concentrate your visit to the fort and inside the walls .
Remember to dress appropriately when you enter places of worship.
Avoid talking about politics or about the conflicts taking place in the north with the Tamils .
Rice with curry remain the main dish of the island. You can eat spicy and delicious food. You can also try many dishes made from coconut. The soups are often very good, based on lentils. As for meat, chicken and goat are most often cooked. The fish is also very present. For dessert, don't miss the choice of exotic fruits, bananas, papayas, coconut, pineapples, mangoes.
From Sri Lanka, you can bring back precious stones, baskets, fabrics and saris and also tea and spices.
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