Hear the stories which has passed down through generations of people who have built their lives inside these walls along with the Colonial Heritage of Sri Lanka. The lifestyle, unique culture and tradition come alive in this walk through the Fort's timeless streets. An authentic residents perspective. In brief the walk shall begin from any convenient land mark location such as the Clock Tower or the Light House. We shall walk along the Fort covering both the Land and Sea Facades, thereafter explore the streets and the architecture within. During the walk you would be privilege to visit our private family home which is a historical Dutch House preserved by the Galle Heritage Foundation. You shall further experience how the Ramparts and Bastions were engineered in a 17th Century Fort and how it survived the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, the consequence and the impact thereafter, which proved itself as a living UNESCO World Heritage Site in Asia.
I am a Law student at Sri Lanka Law College. A Hobbyist Historian since childhood and acquired a vast knowledge of the lived history of the area, along with a unique understanding of the little known nooks and crannies of our Fort. My family has been living inside the Fort for the last 8 generations. Our home is a historical old dutch house which was conserved under the Galle Heritage Foundation.
Some of the key areas we would be exploring in our walk would be; North: Main Entrance, Clock Tower,Land side Bastions of Sun, Moon & Star Bastions, Dungeons and the Army Camp. West: Buddhist Temple, Rampart Hotel. South: Flag Rock/Old Light House, New Light House, Mosque, Gun Powder Store. East: The Aura & Akersloot Bastion, Black Fort, Old Entrance, Dutch Hospital/Katchcheri Building, Maritime Museum, Law Courts, Galle Harbour.