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About Us

Fort Dew Guesthouse is a family owned guesthouse and restaurant which has been running since 2006. Located near the ramparts which surround Galle Fort, our primary aim is to ensure that every one of our guests has a comfortable, enjoyable and memorable stay. Having met guests from all over the world, we have customised our rooms to suit European preferances but still maintain our inherent Sri Lankan charm and elegance. With our breathtaking and panoramic views, divine cuisine and homely atmosphere, you won't want to leave.

To ensure that you get as much out of your trip as possible, we can help map and plan your holiday itinery in Sri Lanka, our contacts with local travel services will ensure you a stress free and smooth holiday.

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History of Galle Fort

Galle Fort was first built by the Portuguese who arrived to Sri Lanka in 1505 and it was modified by the Dutch as a military post. Contrary to the Colombo Fort, the one in Galle was not only not demolished, but is one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world. Galle Fort is on the UNESCO list of World Monuments and listed as a world heritage site that offers a glimpse into the history of Sri Lanka's colonial past.

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Things to do in Galle Fort

With a rectangular pattern of streets full of the low houses with gables and verandas in the Dutch colonial style, Galle Fort offers a delectable mix of Museums (National Museum, Maritime Museum, Historical Museum), ancient Churches and Temples to antique shops and art galleries - there's something for everyone in Galle Fort.

Galle Literary Festival

Galle Literary Festival

Every year, Galle Fort plays host to one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world - The Galle Literary Festival. Celebrated poets, writers, authors from all over the world convene for four days to perform, give talks, conduct workshops and give one-on-one interviews with local media and curious audiences. Previous attendees have included Juliet Coombe, Candance Bushnell, Kiran Desai, Louis de Bernieres. For more information on the 2012 Literary Festival and Fort Dew Guesthouse availability, please drop us an email.