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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Visit to Galle Lighthouse – The Legendary Galle Lighthouse

The iconic coastal city of Galle, located at the south-west of Sri Lanka contains tremendous beauty as much as historical heritage. The remarkable port has been in operation ever since the days of Ptolemy and some would even say that the biblical King Solomon himself traded goods with the ancient inhabitants of Galle. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Galle Lighthouse has been deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Modern day Galle is just as bustling as it would have been during the ancient times, with plenty of international visitors patronising the various hotels and villas in Galle such as the likes of Era Beach by Jetwing.

The lighthouse in particular receives plenty of attention since there are only a total of fourteen lighthouses in existence in Sri Lanka; this is a small number given that Sri Lanka is an island with a notable maritime history.

Before the lighthouse was constructed, the Galle fort was initially built by the Portuguese sometime in the 1500s. Following the invasion of the British, the lighthouse was then built at the fort in 1848. It stood around eighty-feet high and remained for almost a century before being destroyed in 1934 due to a mysterious fire that consumed it.

The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1939, and the new one stands stand seven feet higher than the earlier one. As much as the lighthouse’s duty was to guide approaching ships to the harbour, it was also very strategically placed so any approaching ship can be examined from within the lighthouse.

If you ever find yourself in Galle, be sure to visit this historic monument.

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Galle Lighthouse – An iconic landmark in Sri Lanka’s history

The quaint seaside town of Galle is only a hundred kilometres from the country’s capital, Colombo. It is accessible by road or rail. The rail track runs beside Galle Road and hugs the coast, with stunning views of the ocean along the way, it can be described as the scenic route to Galle. The recently completed Southern Expressway will take you to the beachside destination in a fraction of the time. The main attraction is the Galle Fort, which was first built by Portuguese colonists and then fortified by Dutch colonists who followed. Today it stands proudly as a UNESCO world heritage site. The thirty six hectare fort surrounds a maze of old cobbled streets, little cafes, exotic boutiques and even the odd heritage hotel. Sri Lanka, in recent time; has attracted foreign artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets, many of whom have gravitated towards Galle.

Each of the old buildings has a tale to tell; Tamarind Hill Galle, for example, is a manor house that was built over 250 years ago by a wealthy Sri Lankan aristocrat and subsequently became the official residence of a British Admiral of the well-known ‘P&O Line’. Among the many other noteworthy landmarks in Galle is the lighthouse, which marks the southernmost tip of the country. It is known to be the oldest light house in the country and one of the fourteen lighthouses that remain standing in Sri Lanka today. It can be seen towering seven metres above the road and is part of the Galle Fort itself. The Fort even made an appearance in Ptolamy’s world map drawn around 125-150 A.D.

The lighthouse was first constructed in 1848 but was damaged in a fire in 1936. The existing tower is a restoration that was completed in 1940. Today, the lights operate on a computerised schedule set by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and can be seen shining brightly at night.

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