Southern Coast, 116 kms from Colombo
Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height
of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the
British. It is the quintessence of a fortified city built by Europeans
in South and South-East Asia, showing a rich medley of European
architectural styles and South Asian traditions. A must visit for the
colonial architecture freaks!
Attractions of the city
The Dutch Fort:
The main attraction of the city is the Dutch
fort built in the 17th century. It is one of the most extensive
monuments left by European colonialists. Although many of the structures
that made up the fort are in serious decay, the outer walls are
completely intact. A stroll along the top of the walls at dusk gives a
fantastic view of cricket games, an old lighthouse, and breath taking
sights of the town's harbour.
Churches and Quaint Buildings:
Within the fort there are several
old churches which deserve a visit. A Dutch church dating back to the
mid 18th century holds the place of prominence among all the
churches.Walking down the narrow streets one can have a good look at the
old buildings reminiscient of the colonial era.
The New Oriental Hotel:
The New Oriental Hotel, one of the
oldest in Sri Lanka, is a nice place for a visit. However, more than the
rooms its the porch and the balcony which are in a somewhat better
The Dutch Museum:
This small museum at 31 Leynbaan Street housed
in a restored Dutch mansion contains paintings, prints, documents,
furniture and ceramics belonging to the Dutch colonial era.
National Maritime Museum:
This small museum housed in the Old
Gatehouse has a collection of- shabby ship models, charts and other
Located 5 kms away from the main city, this is
pretty good place along the sea side.
The Bandarnaike international airport is located 32kms away
from Colombo, the capital city.
Galle is an international sea port with passenger services
to and from various important ports across the world.
There are no flight services to Galle. However, a good network of road
and rail services connect it with other parts of the country. For local
transport tourists can rely on the taxis and tourist cabs.
Excellent accomodation is available at the various hotels and guest
houses in and around Galle.