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    The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6km south east of the city centre.

    The southern coastal belt is the most popular among the tourists and comes to life mainly from October through April when the monsoon moves northeast and the sea becomes calm with blue skies. The earliest European administrative center of Sri Lanka was the major port and the largest city until the British shifted the port to Colombo. The City of Galle had been the European administrative center over 4 centuries.
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    • Galle Lighthouse
      1.03 Km from Galle
      Galle Lighthouse (also known as Pointe de Galle Light) is an onshore Lighthouse in Galle, Sri Lanka and is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. This is Sri Lanka's oldest light station dating back to 1848, but the original 24.5 metres (80 ft) high lighthouse built by the British was located about 100 metres (330 ft) from the current site, however it was destroyed by fire in 1934. The existing 26.5 metres (87 ft) high light house was erected here in 1939. The original light w...
    • St. Mary's Cathedral, Galle
      2.15 Km from Galle
      The Cathedral of St. Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary , is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galle. It is a landmark in the City of Galle, Sri Lanka. The cathedral was built by the Society of Jesus at the end of the 19th century. The first bishop was the Belgian Jesuit Joseph Van Reeth. The Cathedral is central and important to the Catholics of South Sri Lanka, in the Diocese of Galle. The church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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    • Hikkaduwa
      Hikkaduwa is one of the earliest tourist beaches of Sri Lanka famous for its sandy beaches and superb waves for surfing. Once a popular coral reefs at Hikkaduwa are now nearly extinct. There are many hotels and guest houses to suit any budget with varying quality and comfort.

      Your itenaries at Hikkaduwa may include hiring a glass bottom boat for coral viewing, surfing, snorkelling, going fishing with the locals, scuba diving or simply relaxing in the beach. There are also a nice lagoon not to far away, wich is nice to visit if you need a break from the beach.

      The people of Hikkaduvva are really friendly and you don't get the feeling of being cheated all the time. Its a place you visit and if you stay a few days people will remember you.
      Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
    • Matara
      Matara historically belongs to the area that was called the Kingdom of Ruhuna, which was one of the three kingdoms in Sri Lanka (Thun Sinhalaya තුන් සිංහලය). Matara was previously called Mahathota. The Nilwala River runs through Matara and there was a wide area where ferries used to cross. Hence, the town was called Maha Thota which was derived from the Sanskrit word Maha Theertha, which means "the great ferry". According to Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera's Paravi Sndesaya King Weerabamapanam made Matara as his capital and named it "Mapatuna". The temple in the middle of the town is also built by ancient kings, and now it is a very popular sacred place among the Buddhists in the area.

      In the 16th and 18th centuries, Matara was ruled by the Portuguese and the Dutch respectively.

      In 1672 the Portuguese called the town "Maturai", which means a great fortress. This may have been a mispronunciation of Thurai, which is the Tamil word for "Ferry". The present name of "Matara," however, has been in used for the last three centuries, relating to the town's connection with the Nilwala River.

      In 1756 the Dutch captured the Maritime Province and divided it into four administrative areas — Sabaragamuwa, Sath Korle, Sathara Korele and Matara. Out of these, Matara District covered the largest area (essentially the whole of the Southern Province up to the Kaluganga River). In the deed given by King Dharmapala to the Dutch, it mentioned that the area of Matara District extended from Kotte to Walawe Ganga River.

      In 1760 the fort was successfully attacked by forces from the Kandyan kingdom. Matara maintained in the hands of the Sinhalese for almost one year. In 1762, the Dutch recaptured Matara Fort, without any significant resistance. Matara was the second most important fort, behind Galle fort, for the southern maritime provinces of the Dutch and a commanding base for some inland forts.

      In 1796 the fort was ceremoniously handed over to the British. The Dutch and English culture and architecture can still be seen throughout the area. The lighthouse in Point Dondra was built by the Dutch, and it is considered one of the most beautiful and oldest lighthouses in Sri Lanka. The two fortresses, the Matara fort and the Star fort, that were built by the Dutch can be found in the city. Other important Colonial works are the St Mary's Church and the marketplace at Nupe .
      Matara, Sri Lanka
    • Bentota

      Across the river from Aluthgama, You can have rest while visiting in Bentota a calm and healthy environment of guest houses and hotels spread along  the beach. The sea is calm here, as are the waters of the river, the bentota Ganga, which is ideal for water sports and boat rides as far as 35km (23 miles) upstream.Travel is not more than 5km up the slow river in the day sun and explore the few remains of the Galapata Vihara, dating back to the 12th Century. Legend claims it was built by a minister Parakramabahu the Great (AD 1153 -86) who was responsible for most of the wonders at the Medieval city of Polonnaruwa.

      Bentota is about 2 hours from Colombo along the western coast at the tip of the Galle district . A popular place for tourists to stay at some luxury beach resorts right on the beach and enjoy calm blue waters except during the monsoon months . A boat ride in the Bentota Ganga can bring you to see various species of birds and wild life like water monitors & crocodiles .

      Bentota, Sri Lanka

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    Graphic showing average weather in Galle in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 24.8 159.5 76.6 62.8
    Feb 25.3 150.2 77.5 59.1
    Mar 26.1 213.5 79 84.1
    Apr 26.6 319.6 79.9 125.8
    May 26.6 412.4 79.9 162.4
    Jun 26 288.5 78.8 113.6
    Jul 25.7 211 78.3 83.1
    Aug 25.7 221.9 78.3 87.4
    Sep 25.7 236 78.3 92.9
    Oct 25.4 422.2 77.7 166.2
    Nov 25.1 369.9 77.2 145.6
    Dec 24.9 249.7 76.8 98.3

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