Explore the Galle Fort – An iconic colonial edifice

A magnificent structure standing tall against the waves of time – The Galle fort is one of the most historically significant sites in the country. Read on to know more about it.

A little bit of History

The fort was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese and was captured by the Dutch in the 17. After being additionally fortified It fell under the control of the British in 1649. When the country gained independence from the colonisers the archaeological department of Sri Lanka undertook an extensive reconstruction program on the fort and restored the structure to its colonial glory.

 

Location and getting there

The Galle fort is located in the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, in the bay of Galle. You can reach the fort from the railway station by taking a tuk-tuk which will only take you around 5 to 10 minutes to reach.

 

Things to do at the fort

Upon reaching the fort you could feel the colonial charm! The soothing sea breeze the exquisite view of the Indian ocean and the surrounding regions of the fabled Galle city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the meticulous architecture, every tiny detail you see at the fort will amaze you.

 

Accommodation options

There are plenty of accommodation options to choose near the Galle fort but one, in particular, must be considered when choosing your accommodation, that is the Le Grand Galle. Planning your stay here certainly comes with a lot of perks but one of the main reasons that you could choose your abode here is, it is the only Galle hotel that offers you unparalleled views of the magnificent fort directly from your accommodation.

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Whale Watching in Mirissa – In Search of the Giants of the Ocean

Spotting a whale, swimming wild and free in the ocean, is a truly unforgettable experience. Whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka gives you just such an opportunity to witness these giants of the ocean in their natural habitat.

Sri Lanka – Whale Watching| Img by: José Ozorio via FlickrCC BY 2.0

The best time to go

Generally, November to April is considered the peak time for Mirissa Beach whale watching and the ocean is generally calmer and warmer during these months; during this season, December to March is a particularly favourable time to spot whales.

The voyage begins

Whale watching tours begin from Mirissa Harbour and boats generally leave around 06:30am or 07:00am. Because of the early start, it’s best to stay within easy reach of the harbour and south coast hotels like Le Grand Galle by Asia Leisure are among the available options to consider.

The giants of the ocean

While whale sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a pretty good chance of spotting blue whales on your expeditions. Sperm whales, fin whales and Bryde’s whales may also be spotted along with bottlenose and spinner dolphins.

Don’t forget

Do remember the seas can be choppy and even if not, the boats will probably tend to rock on the waves; so it’s always better to take some pills for motion sickness before beginning and in fact, some tour operators offer such pills as part of the package. The voyage can last between three to five hours so have sunscreen ready too.

 

 

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