Sri Lanka was once described as one of the most scenic islands by the avid traveler Marco Polo, and even today, it sure keeps its reputation intact. This island country has a history spanning for over thousands of years and deep roots in Indian religion and mythologies. Aside from cultural relevance, its geographical location is […]
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Sri Lanka is a whole world encased in a tiny island adrift in the Indian Ocean. Tea plantations co-exist with paradise beaches. Ancient temples contrast sprawling urban centres and the wildlife is second to none. If you only have a week or two to spend there you can still cover a lot of ground. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in Sri Lanka this year: 1)Fall for Galle Galle certainly wins the prettiest city award. It’s ancient cobbled streets roll into the sea and the view from the harbour will take your breath away. The architecture is Dutch…
A living museum awarded World Heritage status.
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Politicians warn the famous cricket venue may have to be demolished to keep the fort’s world heritage status…
Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake assured that there is no longer a risk of UNESCO removing the historic Galle Fort from the list of World Heritage Sites as the government has taken measures to properly implement the UNESCO conditions.
The Minister after an observation tour of the area on Monday told the reporters that the UNESCO had recognized Galle Fort, built by the Portuguese first in 1588 and fortified by the Dutch later, as a live world heritage site considering its ancient architectural and monumental value and has set conditions to maintain the site to keep the designation.
In the past few years the site came under the threat of being removed from the World Heritage Sites list due to the unauthorized constructions violating the UNESCO conditions in the area.
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Galle Fort, a prime tourist destination and a location of historic value -it is also named as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
To anyone who visit the fort, it’s a trip back in time to the colonial days, standing among historic buildings which stand tall with pride and unspeakable beauty.
The Galle Fort is an outstanding example of the type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history, says UNESCO.
Given that, why is the Government requesting 15 government institutions functioning inside the Fort to move out?
According to reports published by the Sunday Times newspaper, the process is being carried out without proper consultation.
The newspaper says that the buildings which have been asked to be cleared include;
- All Saints’ College
- Galle Fort Post Office
The Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO has taken issue with a Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry directive to certain Government institutions to vacate historic buildings in the Galle Fort which is designated a ‘Living Heritage Fort’ by the UN agency.
The order to give up 15 buildings in the Fort was issued by Law and Order and Southern Devlopment Ministry Secretary Jagath P Wijeweera early last month. But it was done without consulting the Department of Archaeology, the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education under whose purview these listed sites fall.
Mr Wijeweera’s letter implies that the vacating order was given in keeping with UNESCO guidelines.
It may a faded gem, but Galle Fort is a gem nonetheless.
Sri Lanka looms as the new alternative to Bali, sans the over-development and the undesirables, with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Galle Fort already one of the island nation’s genuine, if faded, gems. Dating to the early 16th century when the Portuguese established the first fort here, the historically rich Galle Fort is also the place to experience the stylish side of modern-day Sri Lanka with its array of attractive boutique lodgings, fashionable restaurants and stylish bars, and a host of enticing shops.
Take a stroll along Church Street, more or less Galle Fort’s main thoroughfare, for a sense of Galle Fort’s extraordinary 400 years of history spanning British, Dutch and Portuguese colonialism.
This morning we drove to Galle to explore the city including the lighthouse and the Old Town. We also visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort, the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. Within the ramparts and stonewalls of Galle Fort outstanding buildings remain.
From the ramparts, we could see a river inlet which was where the major tsunami destruction occurred as the area was rather low. The water flowed on the cricket ground which was next to the river. Thousands were killed in the city alone. The cricket ground is known as the Galle International Stadium, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. As the ground, which was severely damaged by the tsunami, it was rebuilt and test matches resumed there on 18 December 2007.
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Galle is definitely one of the top tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and it is no wonder why. For one thing, it is near the beach, so while in Galle you can easily access different beach activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing. Galle is also littered with heritage sites where tourists can explore and appreciate its rich culture, heavily influenced by Sri Lanka’s colonial era. Also, food is a wildly interesting thing to explore while in Galle. There are an abundance of restaurants and street food stalls around Galle to try out-and any experience is a better experience with food. So grab some snacks while I bring you through some of the fun things to do around Galle!
1. Galle Fort
Built by the Portuguese in 1588 and fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, it is no surprise that this beautiful and historical landmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides being filled with great food and a gorgeous view of the sea, Galle Fort has so much more to offer. As you stroll through the fort, you’ll pass through churches, museums, antique shops, cafes, bookstores, lifestyle stores and so much historical architecture that will give you a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s past.
A Well-Deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located on the bay of Galle in the southwest coast of the country, the Portuguese first built Galle Fort 1588, and later fortified by the Dutch. Its maintenance of over 429 years as well as its interaction of European architecture and South Asia traditions privileges this landmark as one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
One-Day Itinerary in Galle Fort
Visitors can see the best of Galle Fort in a single day, or even just half a day, with its 3 kilometer circumference (less than 2 miles around).
Stroll through the colonial streets, take photos along the fort walls of the Lighthouse along the waters, shop for souvenirs of spices and handmade crafts, and learn about the history and culture of Sri Lanka at the National Museum of Galle.