Galle Travel Guide
The natural port and the magnificent city of Galle is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The presence of Dutch fort has magnified the already attractive look of Galle city. Nearby Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa beaches are well known among tourists as some of the best beaches in the world for enjoyment and coral life respectively. Dutch fort is placed in the Western Shores of this Southern capital. Old Fort was built in the Portuguese era and later the original wooden fort was rebuilt by the Dutch with stones. There are many reminders of those colonial days inside the fort even now and hence there is no wonder why most of the visitors feel like they entered a time capsule that holds a piece of 1700s. There is a marine museum in the Galle Fort and it holds on to valuable information about the marine life in Indian Ocean, old war memorials, history of Galle port and etc.
The Galle Port is one of the famous, among few natural ports in Sri Lanka and there are hundreds of ships in the bottom of Galle Sea harboring many secrets underneath. Outside of the fort there is the Galle international Cricket Stadium which is ranked high among the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. Rumassala is a hilltop believed to be a part of great Himalayan Mountains. Not because it is in the region of Great Himalayas, but it is believed that this piece of mountain was thrown to this place by the monkey called Hanuman in Rama-Ravana Folklores in India. Rumassala is visited by many to see the natural beauty lying besides the hill top roads running across the dense vegetations unique to Rumassala. Interestingly the flora and fauna in Rumassala are different from the nearby Galle area. There is a Japanese Peace Pagoda in a corner of this hilltop and the view from that point is really mind blowing.