The National Maritime Museum is located in Galle on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is the only such museum of its kind studying marine biology and ancient human behaviour within the southern coastal region of the country. If you are considering a Galle hotel Sri Lanka; look for one that exudes colonial charms and comfortable living. The Tamarind Hill Galle is a hotel located within an ancient colonial bungalow that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The manor house the hotel is located within was built over 250 years ago. It was owned by Don Johannes Amarasiri who was a wealthy local aristocrat. It was also the home of British Admiralty due to its popularity. Today the residence is a fine luxury boutique hotel well preserved as a proud heritage site. Accommodation consists of spacious rooms furnished in typical colonial style furniture complete with 4 poster beds as well as all modern amenities. There’s a signature spa for relishing some local Ayurveda healing for mind body and soul while the hotel itself offers easy access to Galle’s iconic attraction – the Old Dutch Fort.
Located within the Dutch warehouse of the Old Dutch Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1671, the Maritime Museum is a treasure trove of artefacts retrieved from the sea and shipwrecks. Over 2,000 artefacts were recovered from one of Sri Lanka’s premier wreck the Avondster. This was a ship that was owned by the Dutch East India Trading Company; in 1659 the anchor of the docked ship slipped causing it to run aground and sink within the Galle Bay.
Wander around and admire the collection of artefacts that are not just from Sri Lanka; there are Chinese vases, Roman coins retrieved from the sea and replicas of Neanderthals as they would have lived around the coasts of Sri Lanka.
Admire the salvaged parts of wrecks from off the Galle coast, talk to the curator and learn more about ongoing excavation work. Best of all as the museum is located within the Galle Fort you get a chance to explore the beautiful cobblestone precincts of this living relic.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+