Galle

Galle (116Km 72Mls from Colombo) was the main seaport of the island before Colombo port was developed. Its main attraction is the fort built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and British, Which has now been declared a "world Heritage site". This 90 acre Fort shows no signs of the original Portuguese Fortress. Most of the buildings are of the Dutch period. The oldest building in the fort built around 1656 is the National Museum building. The Dutch Reform church built in the 1752 is in excellent state of preservation. Present District secretariat is housed in the Old Dutch Hospital building. In ingenious drainage cum waste water disposal system has been is use with underground sewers that were flushed twice a day with rising tide of the sea. There are many places of tourist interest in and around Galle. Famous Hikkaduwa Tourist Resort, Unawatuna a beautiful stretch of beach, Rumassala are some of those places.