Stuart & Erandi’s guidebook

Stuart & Erandi
Stuart & Erandi
Stuart & Erandi’s guidebook

Sightseeing

Sightseeing Attractions and Activities
Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This fortification which was first built by the Portuguese in 1588. Later in the 17th Century, Galle Fort underwent extensive modifications and expansions which were carried out by the Dutch. This Colonial fortification is one of the most significant historic monuments which was constructed and later expanded with European architectural influence in South East Asia. Galle Dutch Fort was constructed to protect the port city Galle, which is one of the main cities of South West Coast of Sri Lanka. Galle was mentioned in Ptolemy’s World Map in the 2nd Century AD as this was one of the main maritime trading hubs connecting traders and shipping routes from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Galle was port where ‘Lourenço de Almeida’ the Portugues explorer – military commander first landed in 1505. This landing was the beginning of the ‘Portuguese era’ of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) which lasted until 1658. During this period, the island country experienced many armed conflicts between Sinhalese kings who ruled rest of the country and Portuguese who occupied the coastlines and main coastal cities including Colombo, Galle etc. In 1640, Dutch joined hand with Sinhalese Rulers of Sri Lanka against Portuguese to control the coastal trades and capture military garrisons established by the Portuguese. Galle Fort was fallen to Dutch in 1640. Later the Fort was rebuilt, extended and fortified by Dutch with many new additions including churches, garrisons, administrative buildings, gun houses and warehouses. British took over the fort on 23 February 1796, one week after Colombo was captured. In 1815, Kandy - last Kingdom of Sri Lanka was surrendered to British rule and the entire country became a British Crown Colony. Sri Lanka remained a British Colony from 1815 until regaining independence in 1948 Historical monuments in Galle Fort include: 🔵The Dutch Government House and The Residence of the Commander 🔵 Fort Clock Tower 🔵Dutch Reformed Church 🔵Historical Mansion Museum 🔵 Fort Flag Rock Bastion, Sun Bastion, Moon Bastion Zwart Bastion 🔵National Maritime Archaeology Museum 🔵Old Dutch Hospital 🔵Dutch mansion and former warehouse (Now Galle Fort Hotel) 🔵All Saints' Church 🔵National Museum of Galle 🔵 Fort Ambalama . ** Please talk to our Villa Manager to arrange your transport for the tour to see the Galle Dutch Fort
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Galle Dutch Fort
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Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This fortification which was first built by the Portuguese in 1588. Later in the 17th Century, Galle Fort underwent extensive modifications and expansions which were carried out by the Dutch. This Colonial fortification is one of the most significant historic monuments which was constructed and later expanded with European architectural influence in South East Asia. Galle Dutch Fort was constructed to protect the port city Galle, which is one of the main cities of South West Coast of Sri Lanka. Galle was mentioned in Ptolemy’s World Map in the 2nd Century AD as this was one of the main maritime trading hubs connecting traders and shipping routes from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Galle was port where ‘Lourenço de Almeida’ the Portugues explorer – military commander first landed in 1505. This landing was the beginning of the ‘Portuguese era’ of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) which lasted until 1658. During this period, the island country experienced many armed conflicts between Sinhalese kings who ruled rest of the country and Portuguese who occupied the coastlines and main coastal cities including Colombo, Galle etc. In 1640, Dutch joined hand with Sinhalese Rulers of Sri Lanka against Portuguese to control the coastal trades and capture military garrisons established by the Portuguese. Galle Fort was fallen to Dutch in 1640. Later the Fort was rebuilt, extended and fortified by Dutch with many new additions including churches, garrisons, administrative buildings, gun houses and warehouses. British took over the fort on 23 February 1796, one week after Colombo was captured. In 1815, Kandy - last Kingdom of Sri Lanka was surrendered to British rule and the entire country became a British Crown Colony. Sri Lanka remained a British Colony from 1815 until regaining independence in 1948 Historical monuments in Galle Fort include: 🔵The Dutch Government House and The Residence of the Commander 🔵 Fort Clock Tower 🔵Dutch Reformed Church 🔵Historical Mansion Museum 🔵 Fort Flag Rock Bastion, Sun Bastion, Moon Bastion Zwart Bastion 🔵National Maritime Archaeology Museum 🔵Old Dutch Hospital 🔵Dutch mansion and former warehouse (Now Galle Fort Hotel) 🔵All Saints' Church 🔵National Museum of Galle 🔵 Fort Ambalama . ** Please talk to our Villa Manager to arrange your transport for the tour to see the Galle Dutch Fort
You can combine the visit to Maritime Museum with your Tour to Galle Fort. Galle Maritime Museum provides details on marine biological and anthropological aspects of Southern coastal area and located in a historical building (1671 built Dutch Warehouse) closer to the old Gate of Galle Fort.
Maritime Museum
You can combine the visit to Maritime Museum with your Tour to Galle Fort. Galle Maritime Museum provides details on marine biological and anthropological aspects of Southern coastal area and located in a historical building (1671 built Dutch Warehouse) closer to the old Gate of Galle Fort.
Situated in the oldest Dutch building (built in 1656) within the Galle Fort. This museum displays a collection of exhibits from the Portuguese, Dutch, British eras and archaeological, traditional & cultural exhibits from southern Sri Lanka. These traditional objects include a collection of masks used for rituals, traditional and historical wooden carvings & furniture, Dutch V.O.C. porcelain and old Ship equipment. You can visit the Galle National Museum during your tour to Galle Dutch Fort or as a separate visit from the Villa. Please talk to our Villa Manager to arrange transport.
National Museum
Situated in the oldest Dutch building (built in 1656) within the Galle Fort. This museum displays a collection of exhibits from the Portuguese, Dutch, British eras and archaeological, traditional & cultural exhibits from southern Sri Lanka. These traditional objects include a collection of masks used for rituals, traditional and historical wooden carvings & furniture, Dutch V.O.C. porcelain and old Ship equipment. You can visit the Galle National Museum during your tour to Galle Dutch Fort or as a separate visit from the Villa. Please talk to our Villa Manager to arrange transport.
Originally constructed in 1640, the present Church building was built in 1755 by Dutch. A prominent historical site, situated inside the Galle Dutch Fort.
Dutch Reformed Church
Originally constructed in 1640, the present Church building was built in 1755 by Dutch. A prominent historical site, situated inside the Galle Dutch Fort.
Unawatuna Beach is one of the internationally renowned tropical beaches in this region and a prominent tourist attraction in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Pristine golden sandy beach shaded by coconut trees, Unawatuna beach is tropical beach heaven.
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Unawatuna Beach
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Unawatuna Beach is one of the internationally renowned tropical beaches in this region and a prominent tourist attraction in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Pristine golden sandy beach shaded by coconut trees, Unawatuna beach is tropical beach heaven.
situated on the hilltop of Rumassala hill and overlooking the Indian Ocean, this Buddhist shrine & Stupa was built with the help of Japanese monks.
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Japanese Peace Pagoda
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situated on the hilltop of Rumassala hill and overlooking the Indian Ocean, this Buddhist shrine & Stupa was built with the help of Japanese monks.
Rumassala South Beach (also known as Rumassala Jungle Beach) is located close to Galle-Matara main road and Rumassala hill in Unawatuna Galle.
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Jungle Beach
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Rumassala South Beach (also known as Rumassala Jungle Beach) is located close to Galle-Matara main road and Rumassala hill in Unawatuna Galle.
Udawalawe National Park Safari Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places to see Sri Lankan wild Elephants 🐘🐘, in their natural habitat. The wildlife reserve park extent is around 30,821 hectares and covered with forests and grasslands. Udawalawe National Park was created to provide sanctuary to animals displaced due to the construction of Undawalwe Reservoir on the Walawe River, and considered as one of the most visited National Parks in Sri Lanka. Herd of Elephants around 250 are the main habitants of the Udawalawe National Park, but it also provides home for a wide range of rare resident & migrant bird species 🐦🦜🦅and many mamals and reptiles varities🐒🐃🦊🦌🐊🐍🦎. Udawalawe Safari is done in a Safari Jeep.
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Udawalawa National Park
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Udawalawe National Park Safari Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places to see Sri Lankan wild Elephants 🐘🐘, in their natural habitat. The wildlife reserve park extent is around 30,821 hectares and covered with forests and grasslands. Udawalawe National Park was created to provide sanctuary to animals displaced due to the construction of Undawalwe Reservoir on the Walawe River, and considered as one of the most visited National Parks in Sri Lanka. Herd of Elephants around 250 are the main habitants of the Udawalawe National Park, but it also provides home for a wide range of rare resident & migrant bird species 🐦🦜🦅and many mamals and reptiles varities🐒🐃🦊🦌🐊🐍🦎. Udawalawe Safari is done in a Safari Jeep.
sea turtles Hatchery - sea turtles rescue and conservation project
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Sea Turtle Hatchery
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sea turtles Hatchery - sea turtles rescue and conservation project