Galle

Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District.

Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city’s natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel.¬†Galle is home to a cricket ground, the Galle International Stadium which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.

Tourist at the war memorial at the entrance to the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, South Coast of Sri Lanka, Asia. This is a photo of the war memorial at the entrance to the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, South Coast of Sri Lanka, Asia.

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Tourist at the war memorial at the entrance to the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, South Coast of Sri Lanka, Asia. This is a photo of the war memorial at the entrance to the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, South Coast of Sri Lanka, Asia.