Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The first-class fusion of Galle Fort

Galle Fort, on Sri Lanka's south-west coast, was built by the Portuguese in the late 15th century, with the Dutch enhancing fortifications from the middle of the 17th century.  Today it is a fascinating multi-ethnic melting pot of religion, culture and cuisine.  An intertwined web of European design and Asian tradition; a fully functioning little community with schools, churches, mosques, temples and every type of business imaginable.

Walking in the early morning and evening is the best way to experience Galle Fort's number one attraction - it's people.  Playing cricket, soccer, swimming, exercising, or purely enjoying a leisurely stroll, they love the outdoors and they interact as often as they can. 

Wandering along the walls allows one to appreciate the way the fort is as much a part of the ocean as it is part of the land, not only in position but also in the way it was built, with a substantial amount of shells and coral being used in its construction. 

If you could only visit one destination in Sri Lanka I would look no further than Galle Fort.  It's a truly unique destination, both in Sri Lanka and the rest of of the world.  It's a one of a kind.             

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