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introfortColonial House in Galle

GALLE FORT | SOUTH COAST| SRI LANKA

1.30 Hours to International Airport. 15 minutes from Unawatuna's sun-kissed beaches.

Fort Bliss, 84, Light House Street, Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
This newly built, spacious and airy colonial type four room property overlooking the ramparts is situated in one of the most popular tourists locations in Sri Lanka, the famous Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort -a UNESCO World Heritage Site- in a tranquil and  peaceful as well as convenient and well secured location about one Km from the Galle town center.
The villa consists of four tastefully furnished rooms and is available for rent on per room basis or in its entirety. Within the Fort area itself, there are many places to see like the ramparts, the light house, museums, scroll along the narrow street of fort etc. The Southern coastal belt drive by a taxi to its golden and palmed fringed beaches of Sri Lanka is within easy reach, from this location and for cricket fans one of the most picturesque cricket grounds jus five hundred meters away. Fort Bliss is also ideal for families or groups who wish to rent the villa in its entirety.

SUPERB FOR

•    Ideal for Galle Fort explorers
•    Family & group of Friends
•    Spa obsessed travellers, try the Well-known Amangalla Baths - offering a comprehensive list of Balinese, Thai and Ayurvedic indulgences, plus hydrotherapy. This is the only serious spa in the Southern province.

ROOMS

Fort Bliss is a spacious four bedroom property in Galle Fort, SRI LANKA, elegantly furnished and built in harmony with the old Dutch architecture, located conveniently a few yards from the famous ramparts.
The Ground Floor consists of a spacious living and dining area open to the rear courtyard/garden behind with an entrance facing the Rampart road (adjoining the Ramparts), one bed room opening to a narrow strip of garden and a spacious pantry area with fitted cupboards. Dine in the living room is furnished with a ten seater table or out on the sit out verandah. The interiors at Fort Bliss are spacious, airy and well equipped.  There is a medium sized landscaped rear garden area with a sit out verandah, surrounded by a high parapet wall which provides much privacy with a high wooden gate for the entrance.
The upper floor consists of three spacious bed rooms (including a master bed room). The Master Bedroom opens out to a small sitting area with a long balcony overlooking the Ramparts and the sea.  The other two rooms open out to a balcony and sea views from one side.  All bedrooms are equipped with comfortable en-suite bathrooms with show cubicles, furnished with antique twin or double beds, cupboard and a work desk.  The polished cement floors in the rooms are given a hint of colour and vary in each of the rooms.
The Master Bedroom is furnished with an antique king size four poster-bed and the other two rooms located upstairs have antique double beds.  The room downstairs is furnished with two twin beds
The villa is available for rent by the room or the full house and can accommodate up to eight guests.

Facilities
    Four rooms with en-suite bathrooms with showers: three Rooms upstairs and one room downstairs facing the garden
    A/C and ceiling fans
    Hot water in the bathrooms
    Unlimited internet access through Wi-Fi
    TV in the lounge area
    Comfortable sitting areas
    Safes
    Parking on the road and adjacent to the villa

FOOD & AMENITIES

Breakfast provided.
The Pantry is available for uses if the villa is rented in its entirety.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby where guests can choose to have their meals.

ACTIVITIES NEARBY

Galle Fort
Here the narrow streets are lined with old houses, displaying their Dutch heritage with their pillared verandas. The Government offices from the Dutch and English period remain in use, in varied states of repair. The community within the Fort is a bustle with daily life. Along with the bullock carts and bicycles, the three-wheelers and food carts, people socialise and shop, collect their children from school and stop to eat. Laughter, chatter, gossip and smiles abound within the rampart walls.
The most enjoyable way to experience the Fort is by walking. A leisurely walk leads past the old Dutch Church, the Governor’s house, the spice warehouses, Court Square, the Kacheri (town hall), the lighthouse and on to the sea wall and ramparts. Visit the mosque and meander down streets leading to cricket fields, the temple, and the old District Judge's house surrounded by ancient frangipani trees.
Climb higher to enjoy views across Galle - St. Aloysius Cathedral, the Galle International Cricket pitch, and the Port. The Clock Tower faithfully marks the hour as you return to sit on the Amangalla veranda, and gaze at the world going by.
Later in the day, business done, the townsfolk gather on the ramparts to promenade, talk, play cricket, fly kites, and kiss under umbrellas as the tropical sun goes down.

Galle
Historically, the fortified town of Galle has been a significant trading port. More than 1,000 years ago it was the essential port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders. Later the Javanese and Sumatrans came, followed by Marco Polo in 1299 AD. It was with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 AD that a small foreign trading post was established. When the Kingdom of Kandy forced the Portuguese out of their Colombo fort in 1589 AD, a Portuguese settlement commenced in earnest with a fort of palm trees and mud.
Among other early buildings was a Capuchin convent followed by the Black Fort known as Santa Cruz. In 1640 AD, the Dutch captured the fortress of Galle and, to protect their presence, they needed a garrison – hence the fort. Galle Fort was built by 1663 AD with great ramparts and bastions, but not fully completed until 1715 AD. In 1684 AD the headquarters for the commandeur were built on the corner of the present Church and Middle Streets, the start of what now comprises The Amangalla hotel.
Today, leaving the Fort through the gate brings into view the town of Galle, which is best explored on foot or by bicycle. It is a sprawling town, both friendly and interesting to visitors. The colourful fruit market offers an exotic array of produce while the bustle of Main Street is also well worth experiencing.

Whale watching
The best time to spot Blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka is between December and April. Located just 40 minutes drive from the hotel is Mirissa Harbour. Here one boards an Indonesian fishing trawler restored for leisure cruising and sets sail for Weligama Bay where the giant mammals are known to cruise by. Guests can swim and snorkel from the boat, watch for whales and dolphins, do a spot of fishing with a hand line and have a picnic in a coconut-fringed cove.
The largest living animal on earth, Blue whales can grow up to 100 feet (30 metres) long and weigh almost 200 tons. They are among the Earth's longest-lived animals with an average lifespan of around 80 to 90 years. When breathing, Blue whales emit a spectacular single-column spout up to 12 metres into the air. They also typically raise their shoulders and blowholes much higher out of the water than other big whales when surfacing to breathe. These two characteristics make Blue whale watching an incredible experience.

Close at Hand:
Village life
The villages of rural Sri Lanka have changed little with time and most of the communities lead a simple and traditional life. While the main road from Galle to Colombo can be noisy and busy, only minutes away from the traffic, the landscape unfolds to reveal beautiful tropical sights of rice paddies and coconut islands as far as the eye can see. Time seems to slow and stand still.

Temples
There are many wonderful temples here on this blessed island. Twenty minutes' away from the Fort are Yatagala and Rhummasala. At the top of the 120 steps, the 1,200 year old Yatagala Temple is one of the oldest in the region, and is set in a beautiful valley of rice paddies and jungle hills. One of the most serene spots on the island, Yatagala is a rock temple with a beautiful image room, a 1,000 year old Bo tree and a wonderful meditation cave. Rhummasala is a brand new temple, built by the Japanese on the magical headland across the bay from the Fort. The location has breathtaking views back to Galle and the stupa is one of beautiful Zen simplicity on a huge scale. Visitors should remove their shoes before entering the temples. On a poya day (full moon) visitors can join the locals in their puja, offerings of fresh flower blooms and incense, in the late afternoon.

Handunugoda tea plantation
Sri Lanka is renowned for its tea, and 25 minutes south of Galle is the Handunugoda Tea Plantation. In addition to the rolling hills of the tea estate, Handunugoda features rubber and cinnamon plantations. Guests are invited to the verandah of the Planters Bungalow for tea and cakes with the planter himself. After a tour of the old workings of the factory, visitors are taken to the tasting room to try a myriad of teas. The ideal way to conclude the visit is to enjoy a cup of tea from the plantation, including the unique “White Tea” that Handunugoda produces.

Hiyare Rainforest

The stunning Hiyare rainforest is 30 minutes drive to the north of Galle. A wildlife guide from the reserve accompanies guests to a beautiful virgin rainforest that surrounds a 51 acre lake. Guests are invited to take in the many interesting species of animals and plants that are found there. A perfect breakfast picnic can be arranged on the banks of the lake. Hiyare has established its own tree nursery, and guests have the opportunity to plant a tree as part of their carbon offset programme.

UPS & DOWNS

Ups
•    Rooms with antique furniture;
•    Superb service;
•    Perfect for Exploring Galle Fort;
•    Good restaurants nearby.

Downs
•    The villa has no swimming pool;
•    Good wine shops are limited;
•    Galle Fort sometimes in the weekends and Evenings can get a bit noisy with the local.

 

 

 

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