Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle is thought to have been the Biblical Tarshish, from whence King Solomon obtained gold, spices, ivory, apes and peacocks, and the combination of its fine natural harbor and strategic position on the sea routes between Arabia, India and Southeast Asia made the town an important trading emporium long before the arrival of the Europeans. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Further, Galle is famous not only for its beauty but also for its
volunteer programs. Dog Shelter, dog care volunteering in Sri Lanka protects
dogs die of hunger or due to parasites or fall victim to animal abusers.
The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later developed in the 17th century, during the Dutch Colonial period. Observe the many sites such as the Old Gate with the British Coat-of-Arms inscribed on it, the Old Dutch Hospital, the ramparts that run around the fortress with its excellent view of the ocean, the clock tower built in 1882. Galle Fort is rapidly gentrifying as chic boutiques, cafes, and hotels begin to restore the whitewashed Dutch colonial buildings back to their former glory.
The sea turtle hatchery rescue turtles who are in danger of losing their lives to the fishing industry whether they are caught in nets or hunted for meat. They prepare the new born turtles to be released back to the sea. Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery is one of such protection communities and it is found only a couple of moments drive away from Galle, the Hatchery is one of the numerous preservation places that are assigned to raise and ration turtles on the island and this is too is being controlled by volunteers.
Rumassala is truly a haven for herbs. Researchers have found 150 different species of herbs on Rumassala Hill. These species are unique in that area. The Rumassala sanctuary is a nature lover’s paradise since it boasts a variety of rare plants and medicinal herbs along with endemic species of birds in the country. The hill, deeply embedded in the epic ‘Ramayana’, which describes the rescue of Princess Sita by Rama of India, provides another great reason to explore the sanctuary.
Sri Lanka's very first underwater museum has opened on 17 June 2020 in the Galle Coastal area. This underwater museum project has been totally carried out by Sri Lanka Naval Force under the supervision of the Government of Sri Lanka. This underwater museum is the latest edition of the museum collection of Sri Lanka. This underwater museum was developed of artificial coral reefs over time while attractive the marine life of the Galle area. This is built-in 50 feet/15 Meters deep sea.
Galle national museum was opened for open viewing on 28th March 1986. Its main purposes were to safeguard the social and cultural heritage unique to the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, and also provide education, knowledge, understanding, and entertainment. It is a provincial museum managed by the Department of National Museums of Sri Lanka. There are also Dutch period displays, including Dutch equipment and various types of weapons. Its mesmerizing collection of artifacts includes traditional masks; turtle shell ware, ebony wood carvings, pillow lace, statuettes, ivory carvings, betel holders, and bronze ware. There are also various Chinese artifacts such as melamine pottery, decorations, and lion figures.
Wella Devalaya is a Place of worship located on the beach of Unawatuna. Also known as “Unawatuna Devol Devalaya”. Within less than half a Kilometer of Wella Devalaya, you can also find Shore by Seafood Restaurant, Sea View Beach Resorts, and many more. You can do lots of activities on the beach.
This is a very famous beach in Sri Lanka. it is located a little bit far from Galle town. Famous for sea bath and camping at the beach. The first part of the beach, when incoming the bay, most crowded one, with sunbeds and small cafes, restaurant plateful some Sri Lankan dishes as well as sandwiches, drinks, and snacks. You can herd here with a tuk-tuk, on a narrow and steep path through the Jungle.
This is a main government district Ayurveda hospitals are available in any district in Sri Lanka. Those provide all treatments for your illnesses using ayurvedic medicine this is under control by the government of Sri Lanka. Open every day from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on public holidays from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm.