Galle Heritage


Making the World Heritage Living City of Galle Fort a cultural tourist center of excellence in 2025.

Galle Heritage Foundation

Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District.


To conserve Galle Fort as a historic cultural city center and a site of archaeological importance and develop it to be a cultural tourist location of excellence.

History of Galle Fort

Our greatest glory is not in never falling

Galle’s earliest historical existence is traced to Ptolemy’s world map of 125–150 AD when it was a busy port, trading with Greece, Arab countries, China and others. Its mention as a “port of call of the Levant” is made in the cosmography of Cosmas Indicopleustes.

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Beauty of Galle

Adopt the peace of nature

Galle has it all: historic colonial sights, meditative temples, sandy beaches and rivers teeming with wildlife, all of which make this southern seaside escape a must-see on most Sri Lankan travel itineraries. Its origins are ancient; as a seaport it dates back millennia.

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The Value of Galle

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Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church, with gables on the eastern and western walls, but no tower, was completed in...
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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications is a World Heritage



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