The picturesque and historic Galle Fort on Sri Lanka’s south coast is the epicentre of many tourist dreams of finding the perfect place to explore this tropical Paradise.

The fort itself, redolent of a tripartite colonial past—the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British—is one of Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, and full of charm and character.

And as the latest edition of Condé Nast Traveller reports: “With all the buzz around the north and east opening up for the first time, Sri Lanka is hotter than ever. We skip the crowds and return instead to the classic south, which is quietly churning out a tide of hits.”

Says writer Fiona Kerr: “I first visited Galle five years ago. Quiet, dusty streets criss-crossed between the lighthouse—once white, now smudged pink after years of being wind-whipped by rose-tinted soil—and the Sun and Moon Bastions of the fort, which overlooks the cricket stadium. Today there’s a growing hum of activity along these recently paved roads.

“Peeling mansions have been scrubbed down and done up as smart villas to rent. There are curious shops—Stick No Bills for kitschy retro travel prints; KK Collection for hand-hammered cutlery and local ceramics—and a new expressway from the capital Colombo has cut travel time from four hours to 90 minutes.

“Within the tiny fort itself there’s sensational sushi at The Tuna and The Crab from star chef Dharshan Munidasa, whose Colombo restaurants are recognised in Asia’s 50 Best list, and clean-eating with a Sri Lankan twist at Poonie’s Kitchen: juices spiked with local super-herb gotu kola; veggie-packed thali plates.”

Read the full report here.


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