Galle (116km) was the main sea port of the island before Colombo port was developed. Its main attraction is the Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British, which has now been declared a world Heritage site.

Number of archeological buildings which belongs to colonial period can be seen nowadays inside the Fort.

Such as;

  • Dutch Reform Church

Situated close the entrance to the fort, the church was built in 1754 by a Dutch Army officer on the site of a previous Portuguese church. It contains a major part of the history of the town by keeping records of marriage since 1748 and baptisms from 1678. The uniqueness of the building is that, there are no pillars inside the building and the roof is only held by the walls

  • National Maritime Archaeology Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Galle, is the one and only in Sri Lanka, On March 2010, it was reopened at the Dutch warehouse of the Galle fort as the National Maritime Archaeology Museum.Exhibits of marine artifacts found in underwater explorations are show cased in the Museum. There are maps, naval craft, ropes, earthenware, beer mugs, smoking pipes, barrels, vast amount of articles including artillery guns and sailor shoes. Ship wrecks in the sea off the Southern coast is where these artifacts were recovered from, some of which are nearly 800 years old.

  • Galle Lighthouse

Galle Lighthouse is an offshore Lighthouse in Galle, and is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. This is Sri Lanka’s oldest light station dating back to 1848, but the original lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1934. The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction, making this the country’s most often visited lighthouse.



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