The Galle Fort stands at the most southern point of the Sri Lankan isle. Constructed in 1588 by the Portuguese, it was first used as a safeguard during a squabble with the Kandian kingdom. The walls have remained sturdy through Dutch seizance and the 2003 tsunami, and today Galle Fort is in the company of locals, shyly courting couples, and kids diving into its waters. Galle, and its inner fort area is the home to about 400 houses, churches, mosques, temples, and old commercial and government buildings. Along with its historic, colonial, and modern-day inhabitants, Galle has also hosted the likes of writers such as Neruda, Hemingway, and Arthur C Clarke who all write beautifully of the sea, and write back history into its faces as it is told to them.