Galle Things to Do

  • Ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    Ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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  • Ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    Ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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  • Ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    Ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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  • Kanneliya Forest

    by iroshank Written Nov 21, 2011

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    Kanneliya is a breathtaking forest which you will find various endemic plants to Sri Lanka. It a Mind Boggling Forest which u can either walk around abt 4 hrs or you can camp and stay about 2 nights. Which ever the case its a Really Nice place to Explore the Bio - Diversity. Thick green Forest with water falls and small caves which you can go under..An Amazing Experience which one shouldn't miss..

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    Kataluwa Purwarama Temple

    by PierreZA Written Jan 24, 2010

    It took the driver quite some time to find this Temple, but he wanted to show me this very special place. This was most probably the temple I enjoyed visiting the most. The monk who live there showed us around. The Temple complex is in urgent need of renovation and restoration. It is beautiful inside, with partly restored murals, a beautiful reclining Buddha and more.
    Do take the trouble in visitng this "forgotten" temple and make a small (or big) donation.

    Murals inside the temple Inside the Temple
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    Koggala Lake & surrounds

    by PierreZA Updated Jan 24, 2010

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    The Koggala Lake is quite big and has several islands. I visited Temple Island, where you will find an old Buddhist Temple, still in use.
    There is also Cinnamon island, where you can go and explore.

    I took a boat(catamaran) trip, which lasted for about an hour. According to the guide, one should visit during sunset, when the atmosphere is at its best.

    I cannot remember what I paid, but it was very reasonable.

    Ananda Spice Garden can be found at the area where you get onto the boat (catamaran).

    Whilst in the area, we also visited a small home batik industry. It was interesting to see how skillful these ladies are. The prices of the products were extremely expensive - did not buy anything.

    Koggala Lake Temple - Temple Island, Koggala
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    Sea Turtle Hatchery - Habaraduwa

    by PierreZA Updated Jan 24, 2010

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    The Sea Turtle Hatchery along the coastal road takes only a couple of minutes to visit. The hatchery collects eggs in order to protect them. They hatch these, and when big enough, release them into the sea.
    The guide gives good information on the different turtles found in Sri Lankan waters, and the process of hatching the eggs.

    Rs 300

    Sea Turtle Hatchery

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    Unawatuna

    by PierreZA Written Jan 24, 2010

    This is most probably where pictures are taken for postcards. It is a beautiful small bay, lined with restaurants, a temple and small guesthouses and a beautiful sandy beach.

    The advantage of this village is that it is off the main road, which makes it more secluded. The village is home to nice shops, small hotels, restaurants, auyervedic massage places etc.
    What I further enjoyed was the fact that it was not overcrowded at all.

    Unawatuna is about 5km from Galle, so taking a 3-wheeler is just fine.

    There are a few very nice shops where handicrafts etc can be bought.

    Unawatuna
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    Other places of interest in Galle Fort

    by PierreZA Written Jan 24, 2010

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    There are many interesting building, churches etc.
    The Anglican Church is actually quite impressive and worth visiting.
    There are several museums (National Museum, Maritime Museum, Historical Museum).
    The Fort is also home to many small art studios/galleries. Some of these are very interesting. I met one of the artists at his gallery, and had a very interseting conversation about his art.
    While staying at The Closenberg Hotel, I actually noticed that it is often visited by tourists. It is a beautiful colonial building with a rich history, and worth a visit.

    Art Studio/Gallery Street in Galle Fort Anglican Church
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    Galle Fort: Lighthouse

    by PierreZA Updated Jan 24, 2010

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    The old lighthouse is at a height of 92 feet above low-water.

    It was built in 1848 was burnt down in 1936. The new lighthouse was built in 1940.

    There is a small beach where many locals were swimming, just left of the lighthouse.

    Lughthouse Galle Fort Lighthouse
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    Galle Fort: Dutch Reformed Church

    by PierreZA Updated Jan 24, 2010

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    To see a Dutch Reformed Church here in Galle was very interesting, as we have many in South Africa.

    Although called 'Grootte Kerk' (Big Church), it is not very big. Thie church was built in 1754 and has recently been restored.

    The architecture can easily be recognised as Dutch from that period it was constructed.

    The church is surrounded by a small cemetery with old gravestones.

    It is worth a visit.

    Dutch Reformed Church
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    Galle Fort: Meeran Jumma Masjid

    by PierreZA Written Jan 24, 2010

    The Southern part of Galle Fort is home to a large Muslim community.
    You cannot miss The Meeran Jumma Masjid - big and white, and remids a bit of a church rather than a mosque.

    It is situated at the end of Church Street within the old Arab Quarter.

    The mosque was rebuilt in 1904 where the original stood from 1750s.

    The mosque is actively in use.

    There is also another small mosque in this part of the Fort. I do not know the name, but included a picture.

    Meeran Jumma Masjid Mosque - Arab quarter -Galle Fort
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    Galle Fort - overview

    by PierreZA Written Jan 24, 2010

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    Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century.

    Many of the buildings are beautifully restored, but some are a bit neglected.

    It was a very hot day when I explored the Fort, but walking is actually the best and only way.

    Galle Fort is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the buildings one can see in the Galle Fort are reminiscent of buildings dating from the Dutch Era. Many have pillared verandas and mansions that belonged to sea merchants.

    It is not very big and half day should be enough (it all depends on your interests).

    Walking the ramparts is a popular pass time for locals and tourists, especially during sunset.

    The main entrance to the Fort is opposite Galle Cricket Stadium.

    Galle Fort Steets of Galle Entrance to the Fort
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    Galle International Cricket Stadium

    by alycat Written Jan 20, 2007

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    With the Indian ocean visible on two sides of the ground and the famous clocktower of the 16th-century Dutch fort towering above, Galle's international stadium was one of the most scenic venues in the world, until it was devastated - along with the entire Southern coast of Sri Lanka - by the tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004. For a time, the future of the venue was in some doubt - especially given the political bickering - but thanks to international support from such luminaries as Ian Botham and Shane Warne, who had taken his 500th Test wicket on the ground earlier that year, a pledge was made to rebuild the ground from scratch.

    Galle stadium after the Tsunami
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    One helluva museum

    by alycat Written Jun 13, 2006

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    There isn't much to do in the Fort area in the day time and the best way to spend time is checking out the local museum, which houses some very rare items from the British era.

    It is an old historical mansion which has now been converted into a museum. Maps, guns, chairs, this, that and that too....ya those aswell, and ya a whole bunch of amazing stuff :) So much of history that you tend to get stuck in the bygone era. THE place to go for history buffs!

    It also houses an art gallery in the museum premises

    Well inside the museum The private museum
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    Dutch Reformed Church

    by jungles Written May 24, 2006

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    This church was first built in 1754 and has recently been restored at the expense of the Dutch government. There are several gravestones on the floor in very good condition; they were brought from older graveyards that were closed in 1710 and 1804. There are more relocated headstones in the churchyard outside. There is also an old pipe organ with a manual bellows; unfortunately it no longer plays. The caretaker is very eager to show people around and has interesting stories to tell about underground tunnels that run from the church to the Governor's House and other places around town. He'll appreciate it if you leave something in the donation box at the end of your visit.

    Dutch Reformed Church Crest from a gravestone
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    Historical Mansion Museum

    by jungles Written May 24, 2006

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    Entrance is free to this private museum, though the real point of the place is to steer you into the gem and jewelry shop in the back. Still, there is a large collection of various antique artifacts that may be worth a look. In the courtyard there are sometimes demonstrations of lace-making and other traditional crafts.

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    Meeran Jumma Masjid

    by jungles Written May 24, 2006

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    This mosque that dominates the Arab Quarter of the fort looks very much like a church in its architectural style, except that the domes and towers are topped by small crescents instead of crosses. The original mosque was built in the 1750s, though it was rebuilt at the same site in the early twentieth century.

    Meeran Jumma Masjid
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