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Galle is the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka and is a World Heritage Site owing to the presence of the colonial Galle Fort – a fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone seawalls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle the quaint pedestrian only streets with architecture exemplifying styles from Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Although Galle is one of the bigger cities in Sri Lanka, the majority of its inhabitants live outside the fortified walls of the Old Town. The quaint inner by lanes are dotted with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and cafes. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church, which has extraordinary interiors and dates back to 1755. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip. Seafood is a widely popular in Galle – the fresh catch of the day could land you calamari or seared yellowfin tuna, and if you are a real foodie, check out the Sundays Market at Galle Fort. The range of food stalls and pop-up cafes offer many culinary delights.