Galle is a city in southwestern Sri Lanka and has been the main port of the island even before the arrival of the Portuguese. Galle Fort of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was first built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and then fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. It is now a sleepy walled city seeped with the Dutch-colonial charm of a bygone era. The Fort area is filled with small boutiques, cafes, and boutique hotels side by side with government offices, courts, and local residences. After spending several days in Galle, we headed to Tangalle for more of a beach holiday. Tangalle is known for its sandy beaches on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. In both places we stayed at properties owned by the Amanresorts: Amangalla in Galle Fort and Amanwella in Tangalle.
The Amangalla in Galle Fort
The verandah at Amangalla
Pool area at Amangalla
Cabanas by the pool at Amangalla
Tuk tuks are the most common mode of transport inside the Fort.
Take a stroll along the old city walls.
Cricket is the national sport here in Sri Lanka.
View of the port from the city walls.
Meera Mosque in Galle Fort
Meera Mosque on the left, Galle Lighthouse in the distance and Galle Fort walls.
Street in Galle Fort
Typical shops in Galle Fort
Fishing boats at the harbor of Galle.
Amanwella in Tangalle
Pool at Amanwella
Beach house at Amanwella
View from the pool of Amanwella
Beach at Amanwella
Coconut grove area on the beach.