Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip. The Old Gate, the fortification’s original entrance, bears the insignia of the Dutch East India Company. The gate leads to the National Maritime Museum, with exhibits focusing on seafaring and marine life, including a whale skeleton and items salvaged from shipwrecks. Galle National Museum, in a 1656 building, displays southern Sri Lankan artifacts such as ritual masks and woodcarvings, and objects from the colonial era. Just outside the northern fortifications, the Galle International Stadium hosts cricket matches with Indian Ocean views.
Galle Fort is set on a peninsula within the walled remains of a fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was first developed by the Portuguese in 1500 and later adopted by the Dutch and British. The National Museum displays artifacts like masks and carvings, while the National Maritime Archaeology Museum occupies a 17th-century warehouse. The lofty Galle Fort Clock Tower dates from 1880, and a lighthouse overlooks a small swimming beach.
National Museum of Galle
The National Museum of Galle 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-story colonnaded Dutch building built-in 1656 as the commissariat store for the Dutch garrison at the fort.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Japanese Peace Pagoda is a unique Buddhist temple with a circular deck for sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding landscape.
Galle Lighthouse is Sri Lanka's oldest light station. The historic lighthouse at a fort with simple style and a nearby beach popular with swimmers.
Galle Clock Tower
The Galle Clock Tower is located within the Galle Fort in Galle, Sri Lanka. The Clock Tower is a popular landmark and overlooks the central Moon Bastion, on the site of the former guard room.
St. Mary's Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galle. It is a landmark in the city of Galle, Sri Lanka. The cathedral was built by the Society of Jesus at the end of the 19th century.
Maritime Archaeology 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.
Best Time To Visit Galle
The best time to visit Galle is from December to April when the weather is clear and there is minimal rain.