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Tucked into the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is a major city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient churches and mosques, blond beaches, mansions and museums, quirky boutiques, and a convivial seaside promenade, Galle attracts locals, foreign travellers, history buffs and nature lovers alike.
Against the riveting ocean backdrop, Galle Fort and Lighthouse display awe-inspiring Victorian relics in the snazzy neighbourhood. This fortified city was founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone seawalls, built by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with Portuguese and British architecture. Galle is also known for its pristine, tropic-riven beaches like Ahungalla Beach and Unawatuna Beach, where families and friends frolic in the surf.
Some more prominent landmarks include the natural harbour, the Historical Mansion Museum, Flag Rock and Meeran Mosque. In addition, Galle International Stadium is acclaimed as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds worldwide. To round off your Galle tour, take home precious handicrafts, silk and trinkets from the Old Dutch Market and Galle Face Green Night Market.
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