A beautiful port city Galle is steeped in history, as a strong hold for many invading nations this historical city has been a major link in shaping Sri Lanka’s vibrant past. Browsing the Galle National Museum is a journey back in time while the Maritime Museum also located within the ramparts of the Old Dutch Fort displays many artefacts. Galle luxury accommodation is varied from five star hotels to elegant bungalows. Travellers seeking comfort and seclusion should check out Mosvold Villa by Jetwing.
This luxurious villa offers a large garden and beach front accommodation in total privacy. Spend your days snoozing on a hammock and tasting authentic cuisine while the well-appointed rooms offer all modern amenities for a comfortable stay. The villa is located in Ahungalle a short drive from the fascinating museums of Galle.
Galle Dutch Fort dominates the city with its old ramparts facing the Indian Ocean. The fort a must visit is a treasure trove in itself housing many old and historical buildings including Galle’s main museums.
Galle National Museum located in the forts oldest Dutch building (1656) is home to many artefacts common to the south. Browse through a fine collection of traditional masks used for devil dancing ceremonies; admire the delicate ornaments created from polished turtle shells and traditional Beeralu lace while learning of stories behind old wood-carvings.
The National Maritime Archaeology Museum re-opened after its destruction to the 2004 Asian Tsunami. The UNESCO Archaeological Marine Unit was lost in this destruction however the 1671 Dutch Warehouse the museum is housed in has been refurbished to its original glory. Displayed are relics from over 20 maritime archaeological sites located around Galle some of which are over 800 years old. Others artefacts include artillery guns, old pipes and other marine knick-knacks.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.