Galle is one of the most popular places to visit in Sri Lanka and is home to a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Planning on exploring the area? Here are a few historic facts to know before your visit.
Former capital city
Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is the place where the Portuguese first arrived in Sri Lanka in 1505. During their rule, the Portuguese made Galle the capital city of the island nation.
The history of Galle goes way back to the time of King Solomon. It is said that Galle Port was known as the seaport of Tarshish where ivory, peacocks, and cinnamon were traded since 1400 BC.
This is one of the most iconic attractions in the city and was first initiated by the Portuguese. It was later taken over and reinforced by the Dutch and then the British. If you are staying at one of the luxury hotels in Galle located close by, do make a visit here.
Within the walls of the fort is an offshore lighthouse that is also a wonderful place to visit. It is just a 23-minute drive away from KK Beach. Visit by sunset for a stunning view from the lighthouse which was an addition to the fort by the British.