Galle Lighthouse is not only the oldest of its kind in Sri Lanka, but it’s also the first onshore lighthouse in the country. Also known as Pointe De Galle Light, it is located close to many hotels in Galle as well, making it an easily accessible destination.
The first structure of the lighthouse was built in 1848 by the British. It was constructed from cast-iron plates and towered from a height of 24.4 metres. Designed by the British architect Alexander Gordon, the beautiful lighthouse was located on the western side of the harbour. In 1936, unfortunately, the first-ever lighthouse in the country was destroyed by fire.
The Second Structure
In 1939, the second structure that once can see nowadays was built in 1939, just 100 metres away from the pedestal of its predecessor. This scenic architectural gem was designed by the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa.
The lighthouse in Galle can be found within the walls of the famous Galle Fort. It is strategically placed towards the southern end of the promontory, six metres above road level on Point Utrecht Bastion, which gives it panoramic vistas of any ships entering the harbour.
The current lighthouse is made out of concrete and is taller than its precursor towering from a height of 26.5 metres. During your stay at properties in Galle such as Fortress Resort and Spa, it is a great place to explore, which offers excellent photo opportunities as well.