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Sri Lanka is blessed with forts and fortresses, a glorious past and an amazing history that will fascinate you to witness these magnificent monuments and forts of Colombo.
Have a look at some of the most fascinating neighbourhoods and forts in Colombo that will tell you a lot about its past and how it evolved. Get a glimpse of the glorious past, the architectural style and the strategic location of these landmarks.

3 Forts In Colombo

Catch a glimpse of the glorious past of Sri Lanka by visiting these magnificent forts in Colombo. Make sure you add these to your itinerary list for a fascinating trip.

1. Colombo Fort


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The Colombo Fort is basically the central business district of Colombo in Sri Lanka that boasts of some stunning British style structures and new neighbourhoods. As history goes, Colombo Fort once served as the city’s main fort and also a walled city with administrative and military buildings, cinnamon storehouses and gardens, mills, residential buildings and more. The street is bustling with noisy vendors selling traditional items and witnesses a lot of tourist interest owing to its history and vicinity to the beautiful ocean. Some unique time-worn cafés and restaurants here offer delicious local delicacies and will transfer you to the Dutch era.

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2. Visit The Iconic Galle Fort

Visit the iconic Galle Fort

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One of the most beautiful spots in Galle, the Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Dutch began building various fortifications in Colombo and the Galle Fort happened to be one of the many fortifications built in 1588. A very intriguing fact about the Galle Fort is that the structure lived through the horrid tsunami disaster that hit Sri Lanka in 2004 and still stands strong.

Where: Galle 80000, Sri Lanka.

Galle Face Green in Colombo can be accessed by various modes of transport from all parts of the city as it lies in the central part of the city. If youre looking to travel from Colombo airport, a taxi drive to Galle Face Green will take you about 30 minutes and would cost about INR 750 to INR 950 for a one-way drive. If youre looking for a more budget friendly option, opt for a direct bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station which will reach you to the Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal which is close to Galle Face Green, in an hour and a half (approximately) and costs about INR 56. The Galle Face Green beach is open throughout the year and has no charges for entry. The best timings for visit the beach are from 9am to 6pm, but we would recommend you to visit the Galle beach at about 4pm so you reach just in time to watch the sunset and can build up an appetite for all the mouth-watering food at the night market.

Once you have explore Galle Face Green, you can also include these attractions nearby for sightseeing around if you think you have time on your hand.

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3. Fort Area


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The Fort Area of Colombo is one of the most prominent places in the city. The structural wonders depict British and Dutch architecture in each of its walls. The strategic location of this area is why it is attributed a fort as it stood as a protective boundary against the two water bodies and one land body. Presently, these buildings are no short of masterpieces that tell stories of yore like it was yesterday. Among these buildings, the Old Dutch Hospital, the Presidents House and other government buildings are beautifully carved and constructed. The best way to bask in the beauty of this place is by walking down the lanes and by-lanes of colonial times. The pleasant Colombo weather in November makes the experience even more enjoyable. Some of the other attractions that one should not miss here are Central Point, Lloyds Buildings, Old Galle Buck Lighthouse, Sambodhi Chaitiya dagoba, The Clock Tower and St. Peters Church.

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We hope this list gave you enough insight into the history of Sri Lanka, these forts in Colombo have a lot of history attached to it and that’s what makes them the most intriguing attractions of Colombo. Don’t forget to carry a guidebook along with you, it will enhance your experience. To catch a glimpse of the grandeur of these forts, book a trip to Colombo and add these to your itinerary list for an amazing trip.

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Category: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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