Discover the historical, archaeological and architectural heritage

Discover the historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument that is the Galle Fort with a resident local host. First built in 1589 by the Portuguese, and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, Galle Fort has a colourful history, and is recognized by UNESCO as a living World Heritage Site today. The fort itself is a haven for architectural fanatics.

Your host will meet you near the Amangalla Hotel in the fort where he will enlighten you on the story of the Galle Fort. We learn about the Portuguese occupation of Galle and how they built a small fortress known as the Black Fortress or “Fortaleza” which is now the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, in Galle. Then with the arrival of the Dutch we see how they expended Fortaleza to the context it is at present and all the residences that were built inside the fort trailing on this expansion. After we hear about the occupation of the British in Galle and how they tweaked the architecture of the fort to bear colonial aspects and finally get an understanding on how the architecture evolved to what it is at present. During our walk we will also learn about the people that have been living in the Galle Fort for centuries and what their life has evolved into through the years. You will have the occasional local exchanging a warm smile or a small conversation as you walk along this timeless Fortress.

Your Hosts

Nishantha: Nishantha hails from a quirky town called Yakkalamulla in Galle. His friends, colleagues, piers and mentors like to address him as a man with many talents. Nishantha’s calling to the travel industry came at a very early stage of his life, where he pursued tourism as an academic qualification for his higher studies. Having a Master’s Degree under his bet in Tourism Economics and Hotel Management, Nishantha has contributed to the industry in the role of a visiting lecturer for youth aspiring to make a name for themselves in the travel industry. He has also participated in many seminars, training workshops and field visits both locally and internationally. At present Nishantha is involved with research, special projects work and surveys in the Sri Lankan travel sphere.


Shiranga: Shiranga was born and bred in Galle. From his early childhood days the Galle Fort has always fascinated him and it still does to this day. It is no surprise that his passion for the Fort led him to start a carrier affiliated to the Galle Heritage Foundation as a guiding lecturer. He has hosted many foreign delegations inclusive of the Portuguese prime minister and the secretary of SAARC in 2014, enlightening them on the story of the Galle Fort. He has a pleasant personality and is always seen with a warm smile on his face. During his past time, he likes to get involved in research projects involving the Galle Fort, spend a lot of time reading and also follow a course in learning French.


Number of PAX

1-15 PAX




3 hours

Suitable for children


Things to know

Includes: Tour of the Galle Fort, water, soft beverages, beer and good company.
Meeting time: 8.30 AM or 3.30 PM
What to wear or bring along: Your camera and yourself.

Important info

It gets warm inside the Galle Fort at times. Please make sure to bring your caps, hats, sunglasses and sun cream.

Making the most of it: Be open minded and adventurous. You are welcome to interact with your host and ask as many questions as you need.