Galle, A Medieval European City in Sri Lanka – Visit one of the most iconic cities in Sri Lanka

Located in the down south region of Sri Lanka, Galle is one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. Read on to know more about this city which also turns out to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Galle Fort | Image Credit - Shehanw at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Common

Galle Fort | Image Credit – Shehanw at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Common

A little bit of History

During the colonial era, Galle was the first capital of the Dutch. It was a fortified city which provided a safe shelter for the colonizers and offered protection from the rebels of the kingdoms of Sri Lankan rulers.


Since the colonizers were far from their homes they wanted Galle to be a city as close to their homeland in terms of architecture and city structure. Most of the building they built during their rule still exists; most of them have stood strong through the sands of time. The beauty of these buildings is one of the reasons that many tourists fall in love with this city.

Getting there and accommodation options

Galle is located approximately a two-hour drive away from Colombo and also can be reached via train which brings you an exciting travel experience. There are also plenty of accommodation options to consider in Galle the likes of The Fortress Resort and Spa which one of the many hotels in Galle.


There is a myriad of attractions and places to see in Galle. The Galle Fort, Lighthouse, All Saints’ Church, The National Museum are some of the places you should consider visiting.

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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

Main Description

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.

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Galle Lighthouse – A must see wonder

This is an onshore lighthouse, maintained and operated by the Sri Lanka ports Authority. This is a major landmark and tourist hotspot in Galle, mainly due to its convenient location.

Galle Lighthouse | Photo via Pixabay by supungs , CC0 Public Domain

Galle Lighthouse | Photo via Pixabay by supungs , CC0 Public Domain


The lighthouse is located within the Galle fort, which a UNESCO world heritage site. This edifice is located in the close proximity of most beach resorts in the area including Cantaloupe Aqua, making it convenient for visitors to travel back and forth.


This is the oldest lighthouse in the country and the original landmark erected by the British in 1848 was burnt down in 1934. The structure available now was constructed in the year 1939.


The original structure built by the British was equipped with a glass prism lens ducked in a mercury bath and the power was supplied by a weight driven machine. In the current day, the lights on top of the lighthouse are run by light censors.

Other attractions in the area

Apart from touring around the Galle Fort and visiting the lighthouse some of the other things to do in Galle are to participate in a food tour, see the Queen Angels Church, visit the museum or stroll along the town.

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