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.
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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