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Galle is a pretty exotic wonderful place to go for a peaceful and quiet vacation. The beaches in Galle really famous for its beautiful sandy untouched coastline. 

The Galle Fort enjoys a special place among the fortifications built during the colonial era.  It has also earned importance during a period of nearly five decades as a living fortified city, where people are living and carry out all their day to day activities.

Due to its unique nature, containing a mix of architectural features belonging to both European as well as Oriental styles and making it a monument of outstanding universal value.

This old, culturally harmonious town resembles a quaint European village with cobblestoned streets lined with cafes, bistros, restaurants, boutique retail outlets and more.

Galle Dutch Fort

Galle Fort or the Dutch Fort is a Portuguese fortress which was built in 1588 at the Bay of Galle on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. UNESCO declared Galle Dutch Fort as a World Heritage in 1988 under the name of Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications. Now the Galle Fort comprised of a maze of narrow roads lined with small houses, restaurants, shops, villas and boutique hotels and is an utterly enchanting place to explore. 

Dutch Reformed Church

Awesome structure in the Galle Dutch Fort sites Originally built in 1640, the present building dates from 1752, the Dutch Reformed Church narrates yarns from centuries ago. You will be able to take a stroll into history if you hire a guide who can pace you around with relating incidents. The door of this church belongs to the work of an 18th-century craftsman. Groot Church is another name used for this church, embraces a lot of graves on the floor while the pulpit was created using Malaysian Wood. The church garden itself is beautiful and haunting, with lush grass in the centre flanked wall to wall by stone tablets.

 Jungle Beach

The beach can be identified easily along with the hills where there is a small temple on its peak and lush greenery in the surrounding forest. This large piece pagoda in the middle of the jungle was gifted by a Japanese monk in 2005. It is a small beach usually crowded with tourists and locals. However, it is far less crowded than the main beach in Unawatuna.

Japanese Peace Pagoda

After visiting the gleaming white Japanese Peace Pagoda which provided a wonderful view of Galle Fort. Located a few kilometres from the city of Galle, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is a unique shrine that guarantees peace and solitude to anyone who visits. Built by the Japanese order in 2005, it was made as a symbol to promote peace in the island. A short hike to the summit of the Rumassala Hill and you’ll find yourself in awe of the pristine pagoda. Enjoy the unhindered and stunning views of the coast and the bustling town of Galle when you reach the top. Perched on Rumassala Hill, visit the peace pagoda before enjoying a refreshing swim in Jungle Beach on your way down. Head back Taru Villas – Rampart Street in Galle Fort to rest and relax afterwards.

Old Gate, Galle Fort

There is not a lot left to see of the Portuguese Colonial Period in Galle in Southern Sri Lanka. Their fort was less than half the size of the final Dutch and British fortifications. The main part that is left is the old fort’s Portuguese gate. It is now the side entrance on the Northern Wall. The main entrance is opposite the roundabout with the war memorial and is called the British Gate. You will find that fortified entranceway between the Sun Bastion and the central Moon Bastion. The Portuguese explorers and merchants took control of Galle in 1505.

They started work on building the fort in 1585 because of the armed conflict with the King of Kandy’s Soldiers. The Dutch took possession for Galle harbour and its fort in 1640. The British became its masters in 1796.

Galle Fort Clock Tower

The main entrance is opposite the roundabout with the war memorial and is called the British Gate. You will find that fortified entranceway between the Sun Bastion and the central Moon Bastion. The Portuguese explorers and merchants took control of Galle in 1505.

They started work on building the fort in 1585 because of the armed conflict with the King of Kandy’s Soldiers. The Dutch took possession for Galle harbour and its fort in 1640. The British became its masters in 1796.

Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum is the only museum which aware the public of marine biological and anthropological aspects of the Southern coastal area. It is located in the old Dutch warehouse of the fort of Galle, built-in 1671. The museum was open to the public on 9th May 1992. The Maritime Museum in Galle showcases a collection of boat models, maps, artillery and things found from ship-wrecks, some almost a century old.

The first gallery depicts the types of watercraft used in passenger transport and maritime trading in Southern Sri Lanka. The traditional lifestyle of fishing communities and such fishing techniques are displayed with attractive models and replicas. The second Gallery is focused on marine ecosystems and their flora and fauna. Models of mangroves, seashore plants, turtles, seabirds and marine mammals are displayed with their taxonomic details. Specimens of corals, marine shells and some invertebrates can be observed in the exhibition while a large skeleton of a Whale is mounted on the roof giving you a wonderful experience.

Galle Lighthouse

Built-in 1848, it is the oldest light station of Sri Lanka. The lighthouse is 26.5 meters high and is located within the Galle Fort. The first onshore lighthouse in the area. The original lighthouse contained a glass prism that sat within a mercury bath, which kept the lamp level and allowed it to rotate without undue friction. Today, however, the light within the Galle Lighthouse is fully automated, and the lighthouse keeper in charge need only climb up to ensure its upkeep.

St Joseph’s Chapel

Colonial influences are apparent throughout the coastal city of Galle – from the iconic Galle Fort to the Colonial History Museum. But one attraction that might fly under your radar is the St Joseph’s Chapel – a quaint little Roman Catholic Church that’s nestled away amidst the sleepy streets of the city.

St. Joseph’s Chapel is a Roman Catholic Church situated on Lighthouse Street in Galle Fort. It was built by the Dutch in 1893 and is a church rich in history. It is a quaint little chapel with about 125 years of history backing it up.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Galle

The Cathedral of St. Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galle. It is a landmark in the city of Galle, Sri Lanka. The cathedral was built by the Society of Jesus at the end of the 19th century. The first bishop was the Belgian Jesuit Joseph Van Reeth. St. Mary’s Cathedral, Galle.

Meeran Jumma Mosque

Meeran Masjid is the biggest and best-known mosque in the Galle fort. We visited and it’s pretty beautiful on the inside, with colourful floor tiles and stained glass work.

We were told by the Imam, or the head of the mosque, that the place is about 300 years old, although refurbished only 120 years ago. Galle has a sizeable Muslim population.

Galle Harbour

The Galle Port is at the south-western tip of Sri Lanka, in close proximity to the East-West shipping route, along which over approx. 300 vessels pass by every day. The Galle Port has four berths and 660 meters of quay. The Galle Port and its OPL area are primarily used for leisure activities and services. One of the most common services performed here is the embarking and disembarking of sea marshals on vessels plying the East-West shipping route, for which the Galle Port is well-placed to cater for, owing to its location and proximity to the route.

Koggala Beach

The rich marine life of the Sri Lankan waters in this region also provides perfect diving and snorkelling opportunity. Windsurfing and Kitesurfing activities can also be enjoyed here. A number of small food shacks and restaurants line the beach, catering to the necessary requirements of its visitors. Hammocks and beachside chairs that line the place allows Koggala’s guests to simply lounge under the open sun and enjoy the rolling blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is one of the most popular areas of Sri Lanka. Tourists on vacation like to spend their time in the southern part of Sri Lanka, mainly because it has the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. With roughly a one hour ride from the capital city Colombo, Unawatuna’s a perfect area to stay for a few days. The town itself is small, has excellent shopping, guesthouses, trendy restaurants, and quite some activities and sightseeing nearby. Find out about the best things to do in Unawatuna.

Galle Fort Jumpers

Galle Fort jumping off the ancient citadel walls started in the early 90s and it is the world’s equivalent to the bungee jump only a lot more dangerous because the guys don’t even use an elasticised rope to pull you back from the near-death experience, or a totally clear landing point. This hair rising jump off the walls is based on the Fort Ramparts at the top of the wall known as Flag Rock between Point Utrecht Bastion and Triton Bastion.

Rumassala Sanctuary

Rumassala Sanctuary is a popular tourist destination situated in Jungle Beach Road, Unawatuna, Galle. The sanctuary is a botanical paradise with rare plants and medicinal herbs as well as endemic species of birds. It is located surrounding the legendary Rumassala hill which is connected with the epic “Ramayana”. Rumassala is believed to be a part of Himalayas.

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