|Year and Month||2016 June 05|
|Number of Days||Two|
|Accommodation||Hayleys Holiday Bungalow – Galle|
|Route||Day 1 – Mawanella -> Kadawatha -> Southern Highway -> Galle -> Bungalow -> Galle Fort -> Back to Bungalow.
Day 2 – Rumassala -> Jungle Beach -> Back to Home
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
It was an unplanned trip. We got Hayleys Holiday Bungalow for spend a weekend. this gave me the opportunity to visit Galle and the see the attractions around. We were able to visit Galle fort and Jungle beach during the trip.
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.
The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the “Ramparts of Galle”,
When starting to walk around the Fort it is recommended to start from the Entrance in front of the Cricket ground. Then you can walk and cover all the bastions or Ramparts.
Walk path ends at the Lighthouse. There a path to go to the beach near the lighthouse.
We visited the fort in the evening on the Day1 and the early morning on Day2.
The place we stay was so close to the fort.
Jungle Beach – Rumassala
The beach is located nearly 7.5km from the main city, Galle and few kilometres from Rumassala, Unawatuna area.
Golden sandy shore and rich bio diversity background stoles every heart. When you enter the beach you can see the sun bath facilities around the cafeteria. If you need to relax yourself peacefully, print some more steps forward and you will get lost yourself in the deserted area of the beach. Although it is smaller in size, treat its guest well. Jungle beach is suitable to enjoy swimming without waves. The beach is rich in coral reefs and marine biology. In ancient days the place is used to take fresh water before starting great voyages. The stone inscriptions and residues around the area describe them well. The visitors love the beach as well as the pathway to the beach. Because the way to jungle beach was filled with many uncommon birds, animals, plants and helps to feel the jungle experience! As the Rumassala rock is a part of Himalaya range which was brought by “Hanuman” to heal the injured battalions in order to obey the request of King Rama, it contains many medicinal herb plants.
The road to the jungle beach starts in front on Holcim factory after the small bridge.
The Jungle beach is an excellent place to visit as family. It’s neither a known tourist destination nor the local tourists. Protecting the place is the responsibility of all of us.
Visit and enjoy…
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