‘Deco’ All Day Dining – Situated on the ground Floor, ‘The Deco’, offers an extensive all day dining menu that is famous in the Fort. This is also where our special breakfast is served to our in-house guests.
It is true to say that the occupiers of Galle, firstly the Portugese then the Dutch and finally the British, were well aware of the strategic significance of Galle’s natural harbor and decided fortify themselves in Galle and then move to the other parts of the country. Thus it was first the Portugese that built the fort around Galle’s natural harbor upon their arrival in 1505. Later, the Dutch and the Portugese waged a bloody war to take control of Galle and after the loss of many lives the Portugese surrendered to the Dutch who went on to control the maritime provinces of Ceylon for nearly 200 years. During this time the Dutch enlarged and fortified the fort in Galle, understanding its strategic significance. It would be correct to say that the Galle Fort is one of Asia’s most well preserved Dutch forts and to date it is a place that thrills it’s many visitors from all over the world.
Old dutch styled buildings are still common within the fort. The numerous schools and the magistrate court within the premises makes this ‘living fort’ one with character that is second to none.