Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of Indian wildlife in their natural habitat

Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of…

South Asia’s most teeming nation is a veritable fusion of attractive places, lush landscapes and an ancient culture steeped in history and rituals. Architectural masterpieces of historic dynasties dot various states. India’s rich heritage together with its flourishing bio diversity showcases the beauty of the country. The city of Hyderabad offe…
Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along t…

Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of…

Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in M…

  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

Medical Tourism – Dental Care …

The Thai island of Koh Samui might have garnered a reputation for its idyllic beaches and pristine oceans, but it is also gaining popularity for another feature that is quite unique; medical tourism! Offering reasonably priced and international standard medical care, Koh Samui and such coastal areas as Bohput are also known for their high standards…
Family Travel to Philippines

Family Travel to Philippines…

The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

A living heritage site in Galle: The Dutch Fort – A testament of time

Full of old-world charm, colonial history and stunning architecture, the Dutch Fort in Galle is truly a spectacle to behold. Within its ramparts and imposing stonewalls, timeless cobbled streets lined with colonial villas and buildings, criss-cross the fort surprising visitors as they stumble upon unique treasures at every corner. Originally built by the Portuguese, with mud and no ramparts near the sea, it was heavily fortified by the Dutch who encircled the entire peninsula with high granite and coral walls, 14 bastions and a deep moat that surround the two main gates. After the British claimed it as the southern headquarters, they sealed the moat, constructed houses and the lighthouse, added another gate and built a tower in commemoration of the jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Several museums and shops display relics from the island’s colonial era and there are significant historical buildings like the Dutch Reformed Church, which contains the tombs of Dutch officials and carved memorials on the walls; and the All Saints Church with its Gothic architecture. Ancient monuments within the historic fort include the Lighthouse, the clock tower, the Meera Mosque and the Buddhist Temple. Some of the best Hotels in Galle are located inside and around the fort, like the Closenberg Hotel for example. The boutique hotels stand out in former villas that have been lovingly restored to their original glory, the most famed of which is the Governor’s House, built in 1684 for the then Dutch Governor, the house has now been converted to a 5-star hotel.

Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Fort also holds the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. The Dutch Fort with its ruins, hotels, monuments and most importantly, the communities that live within the walls, have much to offer to visitors who come to discover the many secrets hidden within.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.


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