Rock Pools of Thalpe Beach

Thalpe Beach in the Southern Province (දකුණේ තල්පේ මුහුදු වෙරළ)

Thalpe offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of other beaches. If you crave a serene atmosphere for relaxation, this is your spot. Imagine long stretches of golden sand, calm blue waters lapping at the shore, and the gentle rustle of palm leaves overhead. Here, you can truly unwind and soak up the beauty of Sri Lanka’s coastline.

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Galle, Fort New Entrance, War Memorial

First World War Memorial in Galle (ගාල්ල පළමුවන ලෝක යුද්ධ ස්මාරකය)

At the entrance of the Galle Fort stands a granite obelisk, serving as a war memorial. On February 28, 1921, Mr. R.B. Hellings, Government Agent of the Southern Province, unveiled this memorial. It was erected to honour the servicemen from the Galle District who sacrificed their lives during World War I (1914-1919), with their names engraved upon it.

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King Edward Memorial in Balapitiya

King Edward VII Coronation Memorial in Balapitiya (හත්වන එඩ්වර්ඩ් රජුගේ බලපිටියේ අභිෂේක ස්මාරකය)

Along the Galle Road in front of the High Court Complex of Balapitiya lies a monument erected by the public to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII on August 9, 1902. The monument is a pillar made of stone with a large square base with the side facing the road with the inscription.

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Dutch Reformed Church of Galle

Dutch Reformed Church of Galle

The Dutch Reformed Church, with gables on the eastern and western walls, but no tower, was completed in 1755. It is similar in style to the ones in Negapatnam and Cochin in India, even including the walls. It is built on the site of an earlier Portuguese convent. Around the church and within the walls is a small graveyard.

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Yakkalamulla Polpagoda Ambalama (යක්කලමුල්ල පොල්පාගොඩ අම්බලම)

Yakkalamulla Polpagoda Ambalama (යක්කලමුල්ල පොල්පාගොඩ අම්බලම)

The Yakkalamulla Polpagoda Ambalama is made of brick and mortar with a half wall traversing around the building. Nine brick walls supports the roof the building. The roof is tiled using Gam-Ulu, Semi Cylindrical Clay Tiles. If you are traveling via the Southern Expressway, you can take the Imaduwa Exit and proceed towards the Imaduwa town. From there, take a left turn towards Polpagoda and cover a distance of approximately 7.4 km to reach your destination with ease.

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Edward's Pillar (Unawatuna Survey Tower) in Galle

Burton’s Pillar (Rumassala Survey Tower) in Galle (ගාල්ල රූමස්සල පැරණි බර්ටන් මිනුම් කුළුණ)

A survey tower on the Unawatuna Rumassala Hill has been called as Edward’s Pillar, Galle Tower in the past by various authors. The tower under discussion is called Burton’s Pillar obviously due the inscription at the foot of the pillar. This survey tower is obviously built by W. Burton in 1875 of the Public Works Department which is now called Survey Department of Sri Lanka as per the carving on the bottom.

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Mabotuwana Sri Sumanarama Purana Wilgamu Rajamaha Viharaya

Mabotuwana Sri Sumanarama Purana Wilgamu Tampita Viharaya (මාබොටුවන ශ්‍රී සුමනාරාම පුරාණ විල්ගමු ටැම්පිට විහාරය)

Wilgamu Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Tampita Viharaya built in 1240 by the Minister Devapathiraja, during the king Parakarambahu II of Dambadeniya Kingdom. Minister Devapathiraja is credited with contributing immensely towards the development of temples in the Southern Region.

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