Galle Fort, in the bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural monument, which even after more than 423 years of history it still maintains its proud appearance. Reason being the extensive reconstruction work done by The Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka to maintain its historic ruins as it is. As a result of their efforts tourists have the opportunity to witness the Galle Fort with all its majesty even after 4 decades. This one is the one to see!
Just inland from Galle is Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, a fine place for temple lovers. The temple has been built around and within giant boulder-like rock formations. Quiet, peaceful and very much spiritual, the temple directly faces the paddy fields and small hamlets.
Situated in close proximity it is definitely a good visit and a change of view and experience..
White Tea Factory
Ceylon White Tea, also known as “Silver Tips” is highly priced tea of Asia; significantly higher than other teas.
The tea is first grown, harvested and rolled by hand with the leaves dried and withered in the sun. It has delicate, very light liquoring with notes of pine & honey and a golden coppery infusion. ‘Virgin White Tea’ is also grown at the Handungoda Tea Estate near Galle in the south of Sri Lanka.
Fishermen perched on sticks rooted deep in earth beneath the sea water and fishing, is the most photographed scenery of south and tourists are still more than willing to take a snap or two of this ancient form of fishing that requires skill,practice and of course great patience.
First look at the men on the sticks, you may be mistaken thinking they are statues tied to the sticks on a seated position,but if you look closer you might actually recognize sun-tanned skins of the skilled fishermen barely showing movement. And if you too are patient enough you will be lucky enough to take a photo of them catching dozens of fish within just hours.
Diving and snorkeling
Unawatuna is very famous for diving and that is too for good reason. Galle sea coast possesses one of the best natural harbors of the country which also used to be one of the main trading cities. In Unawatuna area you will find the beautifully spread coral reef that consumes the large natural bay shielded by a shallow reef. But the surprise doesn’t end there.
Not only you find diving-friendly clear sea waters, but also the rare opportunity to observe 14 ship-wrecks, the most found in the same sea coast! It also one of the safest areas for snorkeling and it holds no threat from sharks or rough tides
Sea Turtle Farm
The “Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery” is a non-profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of sea turtles for the next generation. The ‘Turtle Farm’ is situated in Habaraduwa by the beautiful beach. It is a known fact turtles are an endangered species that face the threat of extinction. More than 500,000 sea turtles have been released to the ocean since 1986 by the Turtle Farm. It’s clearly an admirable effort to restore balance to the nature and to support the echo-system that we all love so much, Ocean and Beach.