Galle Locates 116 km away from Colombo. It is the most important Southern town with an old world charm. Believed to be “Tarshish” of the bible, its natural harbour was a famous for days gone by. Famous for its Dutch fort. lace-making, carving and gem publishing.Portuguese fleet first landed in galle 1505 after taking shelter in the harbour when their ship was blown of course. Gradually they develop trading links with the island. In 1589 they build a small fort in Galle to to guard the harbour and name it Santa Cruz.
The Dutch arrived in 1640 and after the fierce battle destroyed almost all of the Portuguese presence. In 1663 the dutch built the magnificent fort with great ramparts and massive bastions that still stands today and dominates the town. In 1796 the fort was handed over to the British. Galle was major port in Sri Lanka until around 1875 when Maritime trade was diverted to Colombo. It is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in Sri Lanka.