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Galle

Jungle beach

Jungle beach is a best beach in Galle, Unawatuna. It is very famous with foreign tourists and locals. This beautiful beach is a secluded bay hidden at the foot of a dense coastal jungle. It’s a peaceful alternative to the non-stop energy in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna on either side of its coast.

It’s a best place for a day of tropical relaxation, start with a quiet afternoon in the shade, and finish off with a peaceful wade at sunset. The discreet nature of Jungle Beach makes it a wonderful spot to read a book, sip on a fresh fruit juice, or simply lounge around on the white sand and enjoy a comforting holiday experience.

Galle Fort

Galle Fort is located in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the “Ramparts of Galle”, withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored.

Galle Lighthouse

Galle Lighthouse (also known as Pointe de Galle Light) is an onshore Lighthouse in Galle, Sri Lanka 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 24.5-metre-high (80 ft) lighthouse built by the British was located about 100 meters (330 ft) from the current site; however, it was destroyed by fire in 1934.The existing 26.5-metre-high (87 ft) lighthouse was erected here in 1939.The original light was furnished with a glass prism lens floating in a bath of mercury (to reduce friction) and was powered by a weight driven machine.

The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction. The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 metres (20 ft) above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.

Coral reefs

Sri Lanka has an abundance of coral reefs around most part of the island. They are rich in biodiversity with over 180 hard coral species recorded. The colourful coral reefs with tropical fish and other marine species, and ship wrecks with spectacular artificial reefs can be explored at several diving locations.

The varying coral and rock formations have its own beauty for dive enthusiasts to explore. Dive centers around Sri Lanka offer day dives and some even night dives. Snorkeling expeditions are available for the less adventurous to marvel at the beauty of the corals and marine life from shallower seas.

​Corals come in a variety of shapes, sizes and color. Essentially there are two types of corals: soft corals (hermatypic) and hard or stony corals (ahermatypic). Coral reefs in Sri Lanka are categorized under fringing reefs, patchy reefs, sandstone reefs and rocky reefs. Corals in varying degree may also cover the latter two reef types. All four habitats are distinctly different, but may be found mixed together.

Galle fort museum

The National Museum of Galle (Galle National Museum) is one of the national museums of Sri Lanka. It is located in the oldest remaining Dutch building in the Galle fort, Galle, a single storey colonnaded Dutch building built in 1656 as the commissariat store for the Dutch garrison at the fort. It subsequently served as a billiards room for the adjoining New Oriental Hotel (now the AmangallaHotel). The building was renovated by the Department of National Museums and opened on 31 March 1986.

The museum houses a limited collection of exhibits from the Portuguese, Dutch and British periods. It has three main galleries, the first contains collections relating to the area’s cottage industries, and primarily turtle shell jewellery manufacturing, Beeralu lace weaving and traditional wooden mask carving. The second contains a collection of Dutch period furniture and weaponry. The final gallery, the ‘Sri Lanka China Friendship Gallery’, was opened on 10 September 2013. It is dedicated to the historical and archeological evidence of trade relations between China and Sri Lanka, with displays on the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian (337 – c. 422 CE) and the 14th Century Fleet Admiral Zheng He (1371 – 1433).