Travelling to Galle in the heart of the south coast of Sri Lanka is quite a unique experience for it offers a most interesting perspective on the island’s colonial heritage. Of course, the Dutch Fort which stands watch along the coast, encircling parts of the town in its vast ramparts is one of the highlights here. Though just as impressive are the colonial landmarks found in and around the fort itself. The best way to discover these hidden gems is to wander around the fort and when you do, make sure to head to Church Street; here surrounded by a short white wall lies an age-old church that has weathered the test of time, beckoning passersby to come inside, rest awhile and if they so wish, take time to pray. The Dutch Reformed Church in Galle is well worth visiting while exploring this enchanting part of the island.
Also known as Groote Kerk, the Dutch Reformed Church dates back to 1755 and was constructed at the highest point within the fort. Travellers staying at Galle Fort hotels can easily access this landmark as part of their excursions. Jetwing Lighthouse Club is one such accommodation option you can consider as you look to plan your adventures. As you enter the church there is a sense of calm amidst characteristic elements that add to its old world charm.
The stained glass with its fascinating designs that adorns some of the walls are striking indeed and if you visit during the evening hours, there is an ethereal light that lends to its enchantment. As you walk inside you will notice that the floors have their own tales to tell for there is a section that has old tombstones worked into the flooring. Below a high vaulted ceiling, you will find many pews, while near the front you will find a most impressive church organ that is said to date back to 1760. Once you have soaked up the atmosphere and the unique design styles, head outside to the garden; here you will find a rock pathway leading you to old stone tablets that are part of the history of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.