On the south coast of Sri Lanka you will find Galle, a picturesque city which is known for its heritage buildings and monuments. Galle is actually pronounced ‘Gaul’ and is a mix of a modern city, the fourth largest in Sri Lanka, which also has a well preserved Dutch Quarter contained within the walls of the Fort.
The fort in Galle comes from the time of the Dutch and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating from the 17th century, the fort is certainly old but is well preserved and there are also some enjoyable little cafes and restaurants nearby. Inside the fort itself you will find museums as well as temples, churches, and mosques, and as this a large fortress make sure that you leave at least a few hours to see everything.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
The Japanese Peace Pagoda in Galle is said to be one of the most serene and relaxing locations in the city, and there is definitely a great sense of calm and stillness here. The Japanese Peace Pagoda is actually a Buddhist temple that is built in the shape of a stupa and you can see beautiful views of the ocean here from the top of the building.
Galle is at heart a port city and is one of the more relaxed and quiet cities in all of Sri Lanka, despite being the fourth largest. Sitting on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is a fascinating mix of modern life mixed with historical architecture and the Fort built by the Dutch in the 17th century. If you like (colonial) history and buildings, then this definitely the place to come.