Galle has a very long history and is marked in the island of Sri Lanka in Ptolemy’s world map prepared around 125 – 150 AD. During the time Galle was a busy port for foreign traders such as the Greeks, Arabs and Chinese. It is from the Galle harbor that the Portuguese led by Lorenzo de Almeida first arrived to Sri Lanka which marked an important and much change in the course of Sri Lanka's History. The Dutch Fort and church inside was built and was meant for the security of the Sinhalese. But by an irony of fate , that Fort later became the prison to keep the Sinhalese who opposed them. With much History to learn from this visit, The Aurora Bastion, Tremon Bastion, Kleipenberg Bastion, Emaloon Bastion and the light House adds more colour and interest to the beautiful view of the Dutch Fort especially during an evening to experience the Sunset from the Fort.
Some of the street names inside the Fort still bear Dutch words. The Oriental Hotel inside Fort which was built in 1694 , was a building constructed for the use of Dutch Governor and his officials. The Dutch Museum consists of a large collection of holdings used during the Dutch Period. However the Tsunami in 2004 has a major devastating effect on the Galle Fort where most of the ancient buildings were were either completely destroyed or were damaged to a large extent. They have now been rebuilt to retain the original appearance prior to the Tsunami.
Galle therefore is a place of historical, archaeological and architectural significance with a multi ethnic and multi religious population striving to live in peace and harmony. Being the main city of the South, apart from its significant beauty, Galle has many shops, restaurants and luxurious hotels and so is quite the stop over during your visit to Sri Lanka.