Galle area has been classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is not only a historical city but one that continues to ‘live and breathe’ even today. It houses many places of interest including Groote Kerk, the oldest Protestant church in Sri Lanka, the Bell Tower and the old Dutch Government House. Close by are the banks and other business institutions and the handicraft shops (specialties include hand-made lace and ebony carvings) and Sri Lankan gem and jewellery shops.
08:00AM to 10:00AM
Fort Walks (Approx. 4 hours)
Architecture and its diversity- Going inside key buildings and showing how the Fort has changed over 400 years from a Portuguese garret to a Dutch defensive fort, a British center of trade and now, a cosmopolitan city made up of people from all over the world.
Gardens of the Fort- For those interested in flora and fauna.
Wildlife – A pre-dawn walk: Expect to see bats, monkeys, turtles, monitor lizards, 25 different types of birds, horses, cows, goats and the famous Fort rats. Even swim with turtles in the right season!
Historical & Ritual Fort- Includes going into many places that are not normally open to the public and learning about the local witchcraft. We can’t guarantee you won’t disappear.
Meet the artisans, artistes and antique dealers- This includes showing people everything from temple painting, to mask making, lace costume designing (they also have a chance to have a go at it themselves at Shoba Girls), jeweler casting using the age old fish moulding method, column designing and interior re-furbs done by the great architect Channa Daswatte.
Children’s Fort – A fantastic family walk with lots of prizes!- Great stuff for kids to do whilst in the Fort and fun for the whole family, who will be taken to secret gardens, hidden side streets and inside exciting spots such as the gunpowder houses. This also includes seeing the world-famous jumpers.
Food Tour – Take a culinary trip around the Fort to sample the best of Sri Lankan street food and home cooking. Learn to cook five to six dishes in the arts cafe and meet the story teller over spice tea afterwards.