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Top Things to See in Galle – A Remarkable Coastal Town

The historically and culturally rich town of Galle in Sri Lanka is sure to capture the imagination of the visiting sightseer. Many fascinating monuments and other attractions can be seen in Galle.


Dutch Fort

The magnificent Dutch Fort is Galle's most significant and famous sightseeing attraction. The Fort inherits a rich history, having been initially constructed by the Portuguese and subsequently completed by the Dutch colonialists. As you walk around the quaintly charming streets within the Fort you will be able to observe many fine examples of colonial architecture. From the ramparts of the Galle Fort visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views, with the view of the rooftops of the Fort in one direction and the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean on the other. Nearing the hour of dusk many local residents join the tourists to spend time here.


Dutch Reformed Church

Although not of great size the imposing Dutch Reformed Church always makes a strong impression on the visitor. Having the distinction of being the oldest existing Protestant shrine to be seen in Sri Lanka, this church dates from the year 1755. The interior of the church although unpretentious exudes a mysterious atmosphere that will capture the imagination of the culture lover. You will see that the floor of this place of worship is lined with the tombstones of deceased Dutch individuals, adding to the mystique of the church. Other interesting features within the Dutch Reformed Church include a loft for the organ, an intricately fashioned pulpit and a number of engrossing tablets on the walls.


Historical Mansion Museum

This intriguing museum displays a myriad of artefacts that will capture the interest of the sightseer. Here you will have the opportunity to view an engrossing collection of unusual items dating from the colonial period as well as other periods in the history of Sri Lanka. You will see that the building which houses the museum is something of an attraction in itself, being a former residence of the Dutch colonial era, and featuring a handsome veranda with pillars, a courtyard, and its own water well. Within the museum visitors will encounter a splendid collection of trinkets and various kinds of oddments such as boxes, combs, lamps, crockery, old cameras and household items.


All Saints Anglican Church

The striking All Saints Church will undoubtedly make a strong impression on the discerning sightseer. This remarkable shrine which was consecrated as long ago as 1871 presents an attractive sight for the culture lover. You will see that the church is designed in the revived Victorian Gothic style albeit including a number of modifications to suit the tropical local climate. Regarded as one of Sri Lanka's most beautiful Anglican churches, this shrine also features a splendid interior with many exquisite wooden elements. As you enjoy these engrossing attractions a convenient choice of accommodation would be one of the Tangalle resorts like the well placed Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.


National Maritime Museum

This appealing museum should undoubtedly be on the itinerary of all culture and museum lovers visiting Galle. This fascinating museum was established in 1994 with the primary purpose of displaying the marine artefacts recovered from the numerous shipwrecks to be found in the waters of the local area. As you enter the museum you will be able to view a short film describing Galle's maritime legacy and information about the various shipwrecks discovered in the local waters. Within the museum, you will encounter artefacts such as numerous kinds of maritime objects, depictions of watercraft, mannequins, models of sea creatures and more.