Galle Lighthouse – The Onshore Controller of the Sea

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Galle, which is a chief city in the Southern Province may have been under-explored in the past due to it being about one hundred kilometers from Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. However, the Southern Highway, the first of its kind in the country has addressed this issue and connects people to the city much better. Therefore, it is now more common to see those who stay at Colombo or Kalutara hotels making their way to enjoy the sun and fun in Galle. Day excursions can be arranged with a bit of assistance from your abode and big hotel chains such as AVANI Kalutara would have great packages for you to travel and enjoy in style.

The Galle Lighthouse was originally built by the British who ruled Sri Lanka from 1815 to 1948 but unfortunately, the structure was destroyed by a fire. What stands glistening in white at above 26m today is the replacement which was built a short distance away. Just beyond the lighthouse the shoreline curves in towards the mainland forming a bay of sorts and it is in this safe crevice that the Galle Harbour is located. The idyllic port of Galle is one of the most admired natural harbours of the world and was one of the main gateways to Sri Lanka hundreds of years ago. Today much of the commercial maritime activities have moved to the Colombo Port, therefore the Galle Harbour is utilized by yachts and boats for leisure and recreational purposes.

The beautiful white peak stands within the enclaves of the Galle Fort; a magnificent structure considered a heritage site. As one enters through the grand arch and steps onto the cobblestone roads within the Fort the city of Galle distances itself from mind automatically, the architecture is of a different era as is the atmosphere. The roads spread in all directions and as you head south along the rampart, the white edifice looms triumphantly as the force that directs the moves in the ocean waves.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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