Galle Coast

Galle National Museum

The Galle National Museum is established in the oldest Dutch building of the Galle fort, constructed in 1656.To aware the public on traditional cultural heritage of Southern Sri Lanka, the Department of National Museums developed this museum and opened to the public on 31st March 1986.

Jungle Beach

Jungle beach was suggested to us by many of the locals as one of the best things to do in Unawatuna, so we decided to spend a morning hiking there to see what all the fuss was about. After a 30 minute walk through the jungle, we landed on the beach situated in the bay of Galle and overlooking Galle Fort.  

Dutch Reformed Church

Originally built in 1640, the present building dates from 1752. Its floor is paved with gravestones from Dutch cemeteries, while other impressive features include the organ and an imposing pulpit made from calamander wood and topped by a grand hexagonal canopy.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and is the most “famous” beach in the country. It is a lovely banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded by green palm trees! It was the first beach we visited in Sri Lanka.

Flag Rock

Flag Rock, at the southernmost end of the Fort, was once a Portuguese bastion. Today it is easily the most popular place to catch a sunset.

Thalpe Beach

Thalpe on the other hand is a completely different beauty of its own. It is one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches and one where you get relative privacy compared to other popular Sri Lankan beaches.

Ambalangoda Mask Museum

Mask making is a popular tradition in Sri Lanka. Many Sri Lankan mask artisans ply their trade along the Western, South Western and Southern coasts of the island.

Madu Ganga River

Between Ambalangoda and Iduruwa the muddy Madu Ganga dances around the coastline forming a complicated network of lagoons and off-shoots.

Galle Dutch Fort

Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and then further developed by the Dutch and the British over the next 350 years.
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