Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka and is best known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.
Although several villas and buildings have been renovated into artisan shops, cafes and hotels today, the Fort maintains an aura of old world times. This is a place to wander, explore the interesting shops, relax at street cafes and stay at one of the wonderful boutique hotels.