No cultural visit to the island is complete without heading Southwest to the heritage city of Galle Fort – labelled the “cultural capital of the southern coast”. English sailors, Arab traders and Dutch & Portuguese merchants have, over the centuries, left a breathtaking architectural and historic heritage. Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, Galle Fort is a must-visit on your trip to Sri Lanka. Cricket aficionados should also plan to see Galle International Stadium, a historic ground where many cricketing legends were forged. A quick trip to the National Museum of Galle, located in the oldest remaining Dutch building in Galle Fort is a special treat for all lovers of history.
With its beautifully preserved buildings, stunning colonial houses, quirky shops and quaint cobblestoned streets, Galle is a window on the past, perfectly illustrating the European influence in South Asia.
Allow at least 4 days to visit the Triangle, and a couple more days for the Galle Fort. When booking your Heritage stay, let the helpful Taru Villas Concierge service assist you with recommendations for your complete trip.