Located just 119km from Colombo, Galle is one of the major cities of Sri Lanka and also the administrative capital of the Southern Province. It is known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beautifully-preserved Galle Fort. This is the largest, existing sea fortress in South Asia built by the European occupiers. The entire city is a blend of classic Portuguese architecture and Sri Lankan traditions, against a spectacular tropical background. This colonial town is quiet with no traffic or pollution. You’ll feel like you’re walking through history as you pass the churches, villas and other reminders of the Dutch era. Though the key attraction of Galle is the fort, the other prominent places here are the National Maritime Museum, the natural harbor, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Shiva Temple, etc. You can spend your day visiting a turtle hatchery, shop for gems and antiques, walk through the quiet, yet colorful streets of Galle and end the day at the Galle Fort – watching the breath-taking sunset and sipping a cool beverage. Tourists usually include Galle and its neighboring coastal towns (Mirissa, Unawatuna, and Thalpe) because the architecture and atmosphere of Galle gives you a feeling unlike any other place in Sri Lanka.