Most historically interesting living city
Considered as the southern capital (116 km from Colombo), Sri Lanka's fourth biggest town, Galle is the most historically interesting living city. Its modern towns were gradually built separately from the ancient one.
It was the seaport of Sri Lanka before the Colombo Port was developed in the late 19 th century and it still handles shipping and cruising yachts today. Its main attraction is the Fort called ' Santa Cruz' that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British the one time colonial masters of the island. What now remains is mostly the work of the Dutch and the British.