Galle-located 116 km to the south of Colombo on the southwest corner of the island-was founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Galle has been declared a World Heritage City by the UNESCO
City Travel Guide
Built in 1663, the fort still retains the atmosphere
and charm of Dutch days. Many old Dutch buildings are still intact inside
the fort. The best way to see the fort is by walking around at the time of
The Dutch Museum which is housed in a restored Dutch
mansion of the time, contains paintings, prints, documents, furniture and
ceramics from the Dutch colonial era.
Koggala, near Galle is the hometown of a famous local
writer Martin Wickramasinghe. The museum of Folk, Art & Culture built
in his honour at his old residence has an excellent display of local folk
items. They include the costumes of folk dancers, sports items, household
items and furniture and vast arena of the folk life of the early 20th
century. Take a boat trip in the lagoon and Kogggala Lake to see many of
its small islands, which is a popular destination for bird watching.
Dutch Reformed Church:
Built by a Dutch Army officer at the site
of a previous Portuguese church and completed in 1754 the church is
situated close to the new entrance to the fort. The church contains record
of marriages since 1748 and baptism from 1678. The major highlight of the
building is there are no pillars inside the building and the weight of the
roof is supported by the walls.
Ahangama / Midigama:
Home to a unique type of fishing technique.
Silt fishing is a popular fishing method in the area and a very beautiful
scenery to watch especially during sunset. Ahangama is also a popular