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Galle



Galle (Galle) - a major port city in the south-west of Sri Lanka, the capital of the Southern Province. The main attraction - the Dutch fort built in the 17th century.

How to get to Galle

Many bus connects with Halle resorts along the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. They depart from the main bus station, which is located in the heart of the city, opposite the stadium for cricket. Basically, you can go from here to Colombo (shuttle / LKR 150/300 with air conditioning, en route three o'clock), Hikkaduwa (LKR 37, 30 minutes), Unawatuna (LKR 28, 10 minutes) and Matara (67 LKR, the way 1 hour).

Prices are listed on page July 2016

In addition, w / train station for trains to the station in Colombo Maradana (2nd / 3rd grade 180/100 LKR, 3 hours per way) and follow the express train to Kandy (2nd / 3rd grade 400 / 210 LKR, 6,5 hours on the way). Local trains connect with Galle Hikkaduwa (2nd / 3rd grade 40/20 LKR, 30 minutes) and Matara (2nd / 3rd grade 80/40 LKR, 1-1,5 hours on the way).

Tuk-tuk from Galle to Unawatuna beach will cost 300-350 LKR.

Entertainment, excursions and attractions Galle

Galle Fort, which is now in good condition, one of the most preserved colonial forts in Asia. Above the gate in a stone carved shield with the monogram of the East India Company - images of two lions and a rooster. Along the perimeter of the fort is surrounded by massive walls, built within virtually destroyed. You must climb the old lighthouse, which offers wonderful views of the city.

You can explore St. Mary's Cathedral (Church of the Dutch 18th century), many Hindu and Buddhist temples (Kalutara, Seenigama, Peace Pagoda), Dutch museum with exhibits of the colonial era and the Maritime Museum (Queens St, Fort) with ship models and maps.


Halle

5 km from the town of Unawatuna beach is surrounded by coral reefs with perfectly clean sea. Not far from Galle there Turtle Farm, where bring collected from the coast of turtle eggs, and later released newly hatched turtles into the ocean. Another major «must see» Halle - Sinharaja rain forest ( "The Lion King") - one of the few places on Earth where primeval rainforests have not yet wiped out by man. Rain Forest byavlen biosphere reserve and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

From Halle can go on a tour of the jungle jeep safaris and horse riding or water sports club and diving, where thoroughly enjoy water skiing, windsurfing, surfing, rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing or fishing on the high seas.

Where to stay: in Tangalle, which is famous for its marvelous sandy coast; surfers - or in Weligama Hikkaduwa (the latter, by the way, and enjoy divers); in Unawatuna, which according to the Discovery Channel is included in the "top ten" best beaches in the world. Koggala interesting for its lake, which stretches along the beach line for many kilometers. What to see: one of the oldest cities of the island of Ceylon Anuradhapura, "Lion's Rock 'Sigiriya, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, cave monasteries Dambulla, Dutch fort of the 17th century in Galle, a city-museum of Polonnaruwa, and the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya, also often referred to as "little England". Finally, it is worth to spend a couple of days in the vibrant and bustling capital of the country - the city of Colombo. You may also be interested in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Japan. The most popular destinations and resorts of the country: Bentota, Galle, Negombo, Kandy, Colombo.