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Galle

Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
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No other place in Sri Lanka has its Portuguese, Dutch and British history alive today as much as the city of Galle. The coastal capital of the southern province offers more than just history. The beauty of the beach cannot be compared and the charm of this city is often talked about. First founded in the 16th century the history of these nations and the architecture they have left behind is carefully preserved making the Dutch Fort a UNESCO world heritage site. All this amazing history surrounded by the beauty of the Indian Ocean makes Galle a place with unmistakable beauty.

The main attraction not only in Galle but Sri Lanka as a whole is undoubtedly the Dutch Fort. This is the largest fortress built by the Europeans in Asia that is still preserved. A walk around the fort you are immediately transported back in time with its Dutch, Portuguese and colonial architecture. There are churches, colonial buildings and cemeteries to be explored all around the Fort that is surrounded by the beauty of the blue sea. Another popular spot is the Galle lighthouse, at certain times it is possible to go right to the top of the lighthouse which offers a spectacular view. A must visit whilst in Galle is the historical mansion museum which has plenty of artifacts from the time of the British. Temples such as the Peace Pagoda and the famous mosque in the Arab Quarter known as Meeran Jumma Masjid originally built in 1750 are also worth a visit.

Galle is very much a modern city; there are plenty of hotels and restaurants that line up the coastal area. The beach is calm and the perfect place to unwind and relax after a whole day of sightseeing. There are plenty of sea food restaurants and little bars and plenty of tourists that walk around. There are also a lot of expatriates who have made Galle there permanent home which clearly goes to show that Galle has something haunting and magnetic and therefore it is a place that should not be missed while visiting the paradise island of Sri Lanka.

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