The seaside town of Galle is 116 Km away from Colombo by road or rail, down the south coast of Sri Lanka. Both routes are picturesque, following the coastline closely for much of the way. You can also take the Southern Expressway if you need to reach the city by half the time but there is not much scenery to admire.
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
The Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications “. is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, illustrating the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions.” European building materials were replaced by those more convenient in Asia, but the town still looks very much European from the outside. Galle was first colonized by the Portuguese. In the early 17th century, the Dutch took over. They established the still existing fortress and ramparts. Also, the Dutch designed the look of the town.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka
is situated within Galle Fort
. It was first opened to the public on 9 May 1992 and is located in a 1671 Dutch Warehouse above the Old Gate of Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church
Originally built in 1640, the present building dates from 1752 to 1755. Its floor is paved with gravestones from the old Dutch cemetery (the oldest dates from 1662); the friendly caretaker will tell you where remains are held in the walls and under the floor. The organ from 1760 still sits in the building and the impressive pulpit, made from calamander wood from Malaysia, is an imposing piece. It also makes for a shady place to pause.
“Flag Rock, at the southernmost end of the Fort, was once a Portuguese bastion. Today it is easily the most popular place to catch a sunset. During daylight hours you may see daredevil locals leaping into the water from the rocks. Numerous vendors sell good street food like fresh papaya with chilli powder from carts.
A top-end spa run by the people behind the Fortaleza hotel, you can enjoy a range of therapies and services here, all with top-end products, potions and lotions.
You will have the experience of fishing for about 4 hours in the deep sea. As you go deeper towards the shelf, Sail fish, Blue or Black Marlene, Tuna, Wahoo and a few more allied species could be spotted. You will be able to witness whales if your fishing tour falls in the Winter season (from December to April).