Visit Galle Fort

Galle is the nearest major town with historical significance to the location of Surf South Sri Lanka HQ. Galle Fort is a fascinating place with a rich history. It was built by the Portuguese in 1620, reinforced by the Dutch, occupied by the British, and even survived the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.

This site is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings, which have been transformed into restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Visitors can walk around the ramparts, enjoy a cup of tea on the Great Hall veranda, or watch the sunset with a cold beer or cocktail. There is a distinctly European atmosphere to the place with looming Dutch colonial mansions, a Lavazza coffee shop, an Italian Pizzeria, and some charming modern rustic restaurants.

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Shopping Tips for the Old Town.

If you happen to be in Galle Fort, don’t miss the chance to visit Stick No Bills located on Church Street. Here, you can find some timeless posters from the past marketing campaigns of the Ceylon Tourist Board, or even invest in one of their rare vintage movie posters.

While exploring the grid of converted colonial buildings, you’ll come across many antique markets, tourist shops, and jewellery shops. Please be aware that some of these shops may expect you to haggle.

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