Galle, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka which is located 119 km from Colombo. It is the administrative capital of the southern province and has a colorful history. It is the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Negombo. The city of Galle used to be the European administrative centre over 4 centuries before the port was shifted to Colombo by the British. It was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the main famous tourist spot of the town is the Dutch fort. The fort still embraces the 300 year old Dutch ambiance. It is also the largest remaining fortress in Asia builty by European occupiers. The beach of Unawatuna is also located only 6km south east of the city centre.
The coastal part is the most popular among visitors with its golden beaches and vibrant culture and the best time to visit Galle is when it comes to life the most, which is from October through April after the monsoon moves to northeast. The climate is tropical rainforest and temperatures show little changes throughout the year. It is one of the most important cities on the South Coast with its historical presence, grand colonial houses and beaches. There are many historical places in Galle such as the Dutch fort, number of important churches such as the Groote Kerk which is the oldest Protestant church in Sri Lanka. Other famous landmarks are the city’s natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the main Shiva temple, Amangalla. It is the home of cricket grounds which the Galle International Stadium is considered as the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Every year in Galle, the Galle Literary Festival is organized in January and the event brings international authors and intellectuals together. Nowadays, Galle city is becoming arty with setting of new galleries by foreign photogpraphers and painters.