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Rampart Street is an elegant four-bedroom villa located within the historic ramparts of Galle Fort

A former residence of an English merchant, Rampart Street is an elegant four-bedroom villa located within the historic ramparts of Galle Fort – one of Sri Lanka’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exuding colonial charm, the 19th century mansion has been beautifully renovated to incorporate contemporary touches and a swimming pool.

Owned by leading artist, interior designer, and hotelier Nayantara Fonseka, Taru Villas Rampart Street offers an exclusive and tranquil sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of Galle. Whether you are a history and architecture buff, an avid photographer, a foodie, or someone who loves to mingle with the locals and indulge in fine arts and crafts, a stay at Rampart Street will ensure that you are never too far from Galle’s finest monuments, boutiques, restaurants, and markets.

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Where is Rampart Street Located?

Taru Villas – Rampart Street is located in the heart of Galle Fort, very close to the historic lighthouse, on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast. Colombo’s international airport, Sri Lanka’s primary gateway for international travellers, is just over two hours away by road. Galle is close to some of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches including Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tangalle and Dikwella, and can be conveniently combined with other places of interest including Yala National Park, Sigiriya and the Cultural Triangle, and the Tea Country.   

What sort of accommodation is available at Rampart Street?

Rampart Street features four bedrooms. Two are located on the ground floor by the swimming pool and the other two, including the master bedroom are upstairs in the main house. All rooms feature en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and king-sized four poster beds. Common areas feature a spacious dining and living room, and a tranquil garden with a 22-foot swimming pool.

The villa is equipped with a modern kitchen and a delectable feast of international and Sri Lankan cuisines is tailored to your specific needs by the villa’s expert chef. For a culinary immersion, the chef can also arrange a hands-on cooking demonstration focused on Sri Lanka’s gastronomic delights. 

What activities are available at Rampart Street?

Sri Lanka’s South Coast offers an incredible array of places and experiences making it one of the must-visit regions. For those who wish to discover the natural and cultural treasures, there is plenty to do including:

  • Old Dutch Fort at Galle: one of the country’s finest cultural and historical highlights, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains one of the largest colonial fortresses in Asia. Filled with old mansions, chic boutiques and art galleries, and amazing restaurants and cafes, Galle Fort is best explored on foot. Watching the sunset from the ramparts and taking a leisurely stroll leading up to the old lighthouse are just magical.
  • Cycling: The pristine countryside around Galle lends itself beautifully to leisurely cycling trips passing laidback villages, lush paddy fields and orchards. From an easy hour long to more challenging 2.5 to 3-hour long routes are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and are a perfect way to mingle with the locals and discover the traditional way of life.
  • Whale and dolphin watching: Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for whale watching. From Orcas to mammoth Blue Whales, these majestic creatures can be seen along the South Coast between December and March. One could take faster and shorter speedboat excursions or go on a much slower and longer sailing trips by a private yacht. The longer trips can also take in remote parts along the coast that offer opportunities for stand-up paddle boarding and sea swimming.
  • Surfing: Sri Lanka attracts surfers from all over the globe. There are incredible spots all along the coastline that offer amazing waves and breaks for surfers of all levels and skills. There are various surfing centres between 1.5 to 2 hours’ drive away from Galle where one could indulge in independent or guided surfing.

Does Rampart Street cater for families with young children?

Children of all ages are welcome at Taru Villas – Rampart Street, and in fact Sri Lanka is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in Asia. Baby cots, highchairs and babysitting and monitoring services can be arranged with prior notice.

When is the best time to visit Rampart Street?

For a relatively small island the weather in Sri Lanka can vary quite a bit throughout the year. The best time to visit Galle is typically between late November and April, when the weather is dry and pleasant, making it an ideal destination for holidays over Christmas and New Year.


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