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Galle

Galle is one of the most visiting cities by both locals and foreigners which is the administrative capital of Southern Province is situated 119km away from Colombo, which will take about an hour to reach by the southern expressway. Before the Portuguese arrival in the 16th century, it was known as Gimhathiththa. It was a major city of international trading because it was situated near a trading shipping path. 
Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians, and the Chinese were doing business through Galle port. It was also a main port on the island during both the Portuguese period and Dutch colonial periods. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period when the Galle fort also built. Galle named as a UNESCO world heritage site that has the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

HIGHLIGHTS

Galle Fort

This was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century.

Lighthouse

Galle lighthouse was built first in 1848 and this is the oldest lighthouse in the country.

 Museum

Museum opened on 31 March 1986 and there is a limited collection of exhibits from the Portuguese, Dutch and British periods.

Unawatuna

Unawatuna is another most attracted costal area in Sri Lanka which is famous for corals and the beach.

Rumassala

A fabulous hill near Jungle beach which is popular for herbal plants and the Rumassala temple.

Jungle Beach

Another popular beach among both locals and foreigners which is situated 6km away from Galle city.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Kanneliya 

Kanneliya is a forest reserve 40km away from Galle, designated as a biosphere reserve in 2004 by UNESCO

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Koggala Beach

This is another most popular beach among both locals and the foreigners situated 14 km away from Galle. 

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Street Rides

In Galle streets, there are lots of ancient Portuguese and Dutch architectures. So everyone is willing to walk through the city to see them.

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Koggala Lagoon

Koggala Lagoon is a coastal waterbody located in Galle District 15km away from Galle.

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Madol Duwa

Madol Duwa is one of seven islands located on the Koggala Lake, which became very well-known through the famous ‘Madol Duwa’ book.

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Sea Turtle Hatchery 

This is a project carried out by a non-profit organization which works on surviving sea turtles for the next generation

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