Around the Location

Blue Beach Galle

Around the Location

In the enchanting vicinity of Galle, a treasure trove of experiences awaits. Wander through the time-honoured Galle Fort, where history and culture intertwine. Witness the marvel of Turtle Hatcheries, nurturing these gentle creatures. Admire the iconic Stilt Fishermen, a testament to Sri Lanka’s coastal heritage. And as the sun gracefully dips below the horizon, immerse yourself in the magic of Galle’s breathtaking sunsets. Your journey of discovery begins here, where each day unfolds a new adventure.

Around the Location

The Galle Lighthouse, also recognized as Pointe de Galle Light, is inland in Galle, Sri Lanka. This is Sri Lanka’s oldest light station. The 26.5-metre-high concrete lighthouse was built about 100 metres from the initial site in 1939. The original light was a glass prism lens floating in a mercury bath powered by a weight-driven mechanism. The lighthouse is strategically placed at the southern end of the peninsula, built around 6 metres above the road level on the walls, at what is recognized as the Point Utrecht Bastion, providing a complete view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.

Galle Fort -Old Gate

A plaque sculpted with the Royal Emblem of Ireland dating back to the time of King George III of England set after the conquest of Galle by the British is seen above the Old Gate while entering the Fort along with the road running parallel to Baladaksha Mawatha Raod. British Crown, held by a lion from its right side and a unicorn from its left side, is displayed on this plaque. The plaque held by the Lion and the unicorn is covered by the citation Honi Soit QuiMal y Pense, which means “Who Thinks of Devil Shall be Possessed by Devil”. Both those citations are quotes from phrases in French. Following the conquest of Galle Fort by the British in 1796 AD, the British removed the symbol of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) that was here and whittled the British Royal Emblem.

Galle fort – Main Gate

The Main Gate even called the British Gate, is situated straight to the south of the Galle International Cricket Stadium and is laboriously braced, flanked by the Star, Moon and Sun Bastions. This gate was initially supported by a drawbridge and covered by a moat built by the Portuguese before being enlarged by the Dutch. Regardless, the British had the final hand in constructing the gate to allow better traffic to flow in and out of the Fort.

Rumassala Hill

Rumassala hill is located just over 5 kilometres from Galle Fort. It is a popular attraction and natural wonder steeped in mythological stories. According to the chronicle of the Ramayana, the hill is considered a part of the Himalayan Mountain Range, as unfamiliar flora that can only be seen in the Himalayas flourish here. Assigned as a wildlife sanctuary, Rumassala Hill is a haven for both endemic and migratory birds and the ideal place for bird-watching enthusiasts.

Dutch Museum

This two-storied large structure revealing the characteristics of a 17th-century Dutch Urban residence was made by Thomas Van Rhee, The Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka, 1692- 1697. in 1796, this structure was used as a forearms building of an army hospital, police training centre, Pettah post office and telecommunication centre throughout the British period. This building was protected by a special security committee with the compensation of the Netherlands government in 1977 and prepared for the society as a Dutch museum by the Department of National Museums. It has aired over 3000 museum objectives linked to the Dutch who ruled coastal regions of Sri Lanka. (1658-1796)

National Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum is the only museum aware of the Southern coastal area’s marine biological and anthropological aspects. It is located in the old Dutch warehouse of the Fort of Galle, built-in 1671. The museum was open to the public on 9th May 1992.

In the aftermath of the Tsunami on 26th December 2004, the museum was destroyed, and all the expositions were damaged. Under Sri Lanka – Netherlands Cultural Co-operation Program, the Royal Government of Netherlands provided financial assistance to reconstruct the Maritime Museum.

Galle National Museum

The Galle National Museum was established in the oldest Dutch building of the Galle fort, constructed in 1656. The Department of National Museums formed this museum and opened it to the public on 31st March 1986. Galle National Museum displays various archaeological and anthropological objects inherited in the Southern region. A collection of traditional masks used in various rituals, a group of ornamental objects made up of turtle shells, ancient wooden carvings and a Beeralu collection are important visitor attractive exhibits in the museum. The influence of the Dutch is depicted by the types of equipment used in Dutch ships that came to the Galle harbour. Large water vessels, porcelain objects, arms, V.O.C. and weapons utilized by the Dutch soldiers are among the exposition. The Galle National Museum plays an essential role as a centre of education in the Southern region.

Galle Clocktower

The Galle Clock Tower is a tall four-story monument from the late 19th century. Clocktower was made within the ramparts of the Galle Fort in the place of the earlier guardroom, overseeing one of the three bastions of the Fort.

The Galle clocktower was built in honour of the services of famous Colonial Surgeon Dr Antonisz. The grateful doctor Mudaliyar Samson de Abrew Rajapakse separately donated the clock.

Galle Library

The Galle Library is located following the Dutch Reformed Church on Church Street in the historic Galle Fort, and the library was established in 1832 and is likely the oldest public library in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, you may be discovered Several ancient and particular textbooks within their bookcases.

Hiyare Reservoir & Rain Forest

Hiyare Reservoir was built 100 years ago to provide water to Galle town and is located just 16 miles away from Galle. Hiyare Reservoir Rainforest is a secondary lowland rainforest with a high diversity and endemic species. There are 55 species of dragonflies, of which 12 are discovered only in the Hiyare area. Seventy-eight butterfly species have been identified, with three endemic to this zone.

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya Temple

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya is an example of the several masterpieces in the Unawatuna, Galle area that reveals the antiquity of Sri Lanka, Maintaining some complex tasks of art originating from various kingdoms. The temple is on a rock and consists of a 9 m reclining Buddha statue. Temple walls are decorated with murals, and the temple follows a related formation to the Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna beach is located about 15 minutes from Galle and the Galle Fort; Unawatuna is a famous beach-side town that’s attracted beach lovers over the years. A perfectly enticing stretch of golden coast filled with restaurants, bars and beachfront resorts, Unawatuna Beach is a must-visit if you see to unwind and enjoy the entertainment of this coastal town. In addition, Unawatuna city has many activities for travellers, making it possible for families, colleagues, and partners.

Jungle Beach

Jungle Beach is a little bay covered by jungle found in Rumassala, northwest of Unawatuna, where you can enjoy a great day of sunbathing and snorkelling. Anyone with snorkelling gear can walk out and enjoy energy on the reef.

Sea Turtle Hatchery

Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery is just a few minutes from Galle; the Hatchery is one of the many conservation centres established to breed and conserve turtles on the island, which volunteers are also conducting, and They are undoubtedly making fantastic job efforts, and travellers could see it themselves. As you enter the centre, tourists will be provided with a brief on how their system and conservation efforts work, and they will show you around the centre. You could get up near these gentle creatures and touch them during this time.

Stilt Fishing

Koggala region is quite renowned for Stilt Fishing. This fantastic fishing method became a significant tourist allure for a long time, only in the southern province. Fishers sit on a narrow pole without using bait and do only morning and evening times only. Typically, they require high patience to catch a fish. Therefore, it may take a very extended time. According to the folktale, the history of the fantastic fishing method reached more than 350 years.

Koggala Beach

Koggala beach is another of Sri Lanka’s fantastic surfing beaches. Located the Down South of Sri Lanka, not far from Unawatuna beach, this beautiful stretch of pale golden sands reaches into the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. With a backdrop of coconut palms and jungle vegetation, it has a natural feel of tropical paradise. This is the perfect spot to sip on a coconut while you relax with your feet on the soft sands, enjoying the scenery.

Midigama Beach

Midigama Beach is in the south of Sri Lanka, ahead of the vast bay of Weligama. For about six kilometres, the range passes gold-tinged sands and little coves gathered by coconut palms, all of which can be directed to by the collaborative name of Midigama, a small town at their centre.

However, while the beaches might be lovely, they are also a surfing paradise. Therefore, this is the perfect hunting spot if you’re the sort that likes to hunt secret waves and unknown reefs. That’s all down to the soft nature of Midigama surf spots on the list.

Dallwella Beach

Dallwella Beach is a shallow swimming beach 7km south of Galle, on the main road between Unawatuna and Thalpe. The restaurants have exceptional seafood and crust pizzas. It’s a great spot to relax with sun loungers on the Beach and get away from the touristy masses of Beaches.