National Maritime Museum in Galle – A Chance to Travel Back in Time

Galle Maritime Museum | Image Credit - Dan arndt, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Galle Maritime Museum | Image Credit – Dan arndt, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons

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Although most of us might assume that museums at their core are for educational purposes, these incredible sites full of treasure display a nation’s identity; such is the National Maritime Museum in Galle.

History of the National Maritime Museum in Galle

Found within the boundaries of the Galle Fort, the museum located in the Dutch Warehouse building opened its doors to the public in 1992. The original entrance to the fort divides the ground floor of the two-storied building. Unlike the other constructions from the latter part of the 17th century, a section of the building has been embodied into the ramparts of the Galle Fort.

Getting there

Among the many things to do in Galle, visiting the vast and historical Galle Fort is often not missed by locals and tourists alike. If you are based in a nearby accommodation option such as Cantaloupe Aqua, the museum is less than a 30 minute drive away.

The special exhibits

The museum houses many marine artefacts found from underwater discoveries. The exhibits feature, naval crafts, earthenware, smoking pipes, barrels and artillery guns among many other historical articles some of which are nearly 800 years old.

The reopening of the museum

The museum was severely affected by the tsunami disaster in the year of 2004. Only 20% of the 3,600 objects discovered from the shipwrecks were recovered in aftermath of the disaster. After several years of renovation, the museum was reopened in 2010 as the nation’s first National Maritime Archaeology Museum.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler.

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A Guide When Visiting Sri Lanka For The First Time – All You Need To Know

Are you planning a holiday to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka anytime soon? Here’s everything you need to consider.

Sigiriya

Bernard Gagnon, Sigiriya, CC BY-SA 3.0

Accommodation

Depending on your budget and your needs as a tourist on the island, there are options to suit anyone and everyone. If you’re a beach goer, head to the south, if you want cooler climates in a mountainous area, head to the central highlands of the country, or if you want a bit of both but are also looking for an Ayurveda retreat in Sri Lanka, then there are plenty of options to choose from such as Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort.

Travelling

Travel options in Sri Lanka are quite varied and depending on where you want to go, there are various options to choose from. If you’re heading to the south or central area of the country, a scenic train ride is most recommended. Other options for travel include buses, tuk tuks or rental cars.

Food

The island food is nothing short of scrumptious and mouth watering; but most of all, it can get fiery hot! Always have a glass of cold water when you’re enjoying local food as most people cannot handle Sri Lanka’s spice.

Seasons

Whether it’s surfing, whale watching, or just to work on your summer tan by the beach, you should always check the ideal season for this.

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Diving in Sri Lanka – Discover a Whole New World under the Waves

Diver Sea Bubbles Scuba Diving Blue Marin Bottles

Diver Sea Bubbles Scuba Diving Blue Marin Bottles | Img By : tuturgires via Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons)

 

Sri Lanka, the island nation of many extraordinary things; dive under its waters and discover more of the same! Here are the best places to go for a diving expedition here.

 

Hikkaduwa
Considered to be one of the best places to learn diving, Hikkaduwa is home to the famous Hikkaduwa National Parks that’s one of the 3 marine national parks in the country.

 

Bentota

This little fishing hamlet is often referred to as Sri Lanka’s water sports hub. Bentota water sports range from surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, and water skiing, in addition to diving. You can sign up for these exciting activities at either a resort like the Shinagawa Beach by Asia Leisure or at one of the diving centres lined along the beach.

 

Trincomalee

Lovingly nicknamed as “Trinco”, this slice of paradise is located along the east coast of Sri Lanka. There are many amazing dive sites found here such as the wreck of the renowned H.M.S Hermes which was the first aircraft carrier in the world.

 

Kalpitiya

Famous for whale and dolphin watching, the fishing town of Kalpitiya is home to Sri Lanka’s largest reef, the Bar Reef. You can spot an array of marine life here such as reef sharks and manta rays.

 

 

 

 

 

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