Koggala Lake, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
All of the 53 'naturally modern' guest rooms feature 7ft by 7ft super king beds, open plan bathrooms, and state-of-the-art entertainment systems with LCD TVs, Bose DVD players and surround sound
Chose from two restaurants, a wine cellar, two lounges, in room dining and destination dining
Take a boat ride in River Madu (Madu Ganga Wetlands)
Take a hike in the Kanneliya Rain Forest
Book your private session of Yoga in the comfort of the Yoga Pavilion
Best time to Visit
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.
To start planning your holiday to The Fortress
The Fortress, near Galle, blends modern design with the Dutch and Portuguese architectural legacies, forging a modern resort set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean and offering a truly wonderful addition to Sri Lanka's South Coast.
All of the 49 guest rooms feature private courtyards or balconies with views onto the gardens, water features or the Indian Ocean. The rooms all contain a 7ft by 7ft super king bed, open plan bathrooms with huge rainforest showers and they are fully up to date with state of the art plasma screens, Bose DVD and surround sound.
The hotel offers an exceptionally relaxing spa called Spa Naturel, which combines signature treatments, but also offers the local Ayurveda. The hotel has an inviting swimming pool and can arrange scuba diving with a local PADI certified operator.
The hotel’s dining options are also fantastic, offering both al fresco options in the gardens, to the main restaurant White, offering both International and Sri Lankan cuisine. There are a number of small eateries and bars nearby too.
Scott Dunn recommend staying in an Ocean Room as a minimum to take in the glorious sea views.
The Fortress offers 49 Rooms containing 11 Fortress Rooms, 12 Beach Rooms, 18 Ocean Rooms, six Ocean Lofts and two Fortress Residence. Rooms are contemporary in design and feature enormous super king size beds, indoor plunge pools and private outdoor pools.
Similar to the Ocean Rooms, the Beach Rooms are located on the ground floor. Guests also have the added bliss of enjoying a Jacuzzi bath.
The Fortress Rooms feature a super king 7ft by 7ft bed dressed in Egyptian cotton and an open plan bathroom with rainfall shower and bath. Rooms open out onto your own courtyard or garden balcony.
A cutting-edge entertainment system and designer fittings include LCD TV, Bose DVD and sound system, air conditioning, overhead fan, private bar, in-room safe and IDD telephone.
Located on the upper floor with views into the gardens, beach and the Indian Ocean beyond. Highlights of these rooms include the open plan bathroom with large bath and split-level living area with magnificent views and feature high vaulted ceilings.
There is a small and simple kids club that is opened between 9am and 6pm each day. This is equipped with play stations, movies and also painting and drawing equipment.
The wealth of facilities at the hotel include the spa, yoga pavilion, gym, swimming pool. They can coordinate scuba diving and surfing at Mirissa. There is also a business centre, boutiques, children’s club, bicycles for hire, an art gallery, wedding pavilion, turtle hatchery and a CD and DVD library.
The hotel offers complimentary use of the swimming pool. Activities at an additional charge include excursions. These include boat rides in River Madu, visists to Rhumassala, Galle City and Dutch Fort, the Handunugoda Tea Factory, the Sinharaja Rain Forest, Hiyare Resovoir, the Turtle Hatchery & Spice Garden, the Kanneliya Rain Forest, Kottawa Reserve Martin Wickremasinghe Folk Museum, Yala National Park and you can also go white water rafting nearby too.
Lucy Black (Staff)
The Fortress is a good option for those who prefer a more a classic hotel set-up - spa, restaurants, big pool - versus the other more boutique options along the coast, which are more intimate but do not have as many facilities.
The rooms are spacious and the large seating area means accommodating a third person doesn't make it feel too cramped. Beach Rooms are great because they have direct access to the pool area and gardens, however they are less private and so if this is important to you I would probably recommend an Ocean Room as these are on higher floors and have views towards the water.
Clare Monro (Staff)
The Fortress does what it does very well, although personally I much prefer the boutique hotels up and down the coast. The design is really tasteful and the hotel has quite a large outdoor space with a fantastically large swimming pool. However, I think that it lacks the charm and intimacy of a smaller property. It also offers fantastic value for money.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
While no longer part of the Per Aquum group, The Fortress continues to be excellent value for money. It’s modern style, combining sleek lines and contemporary furniture, with Sri Lankan designs and traditions make this a great beach stop or single centre option for those looking for a single beach stay. Locally you can explore the Galle Fort, local villages, working paddy fields and turtle sanctuaries before returning to relax by their stunning pool.
A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation
It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Morning Safari - Yala National Park
Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colourful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Koggala Lake, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Fortress is located on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, just outside Sri Lanka's historic UNESCO-listed fortress port of Galle.
How to get there
10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. From the airport to we recommend leaving 4-hours for the journey to The Fortress.
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