With the Indian Ocean lapping at its walled borders, Galle is a charming historical city located on Sri Lanka’s west coast. Teeming with stunning colonial buildings and infused with the scent of exotic spices, Galle is a blend of cultures and strikes a balance between modernity and antiquity, giving itself a unique cultural identity that doesn’t fail to captivate and enthral. The most famous part of the city is the Fort, which is surrounded by the sea on three sides and encompasses an entire thriving community, complete with boutiques, cafes and offices. Originally built by the Dutch in the 1600s, the main attraction of the fort is simply wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and relishing in the tranquillity that comes with a lack of traffic. Once a hideaway for bohos and eccentric expats, the sleepy streets of Galle are slowly waking up thanks to foreign cash and interest.