- Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
- Galle Fort
- Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve
- Mihiripenna Beach
- Galle Fort Lighthouse
- Turtle Hutchery
- Kottawa Conservation Forest
- Coral Sanctuary
- Rumasalla Mountain
- Dutch Government House
- Clock Tower
- Meera Mosque
- Sinharaja Forest Reserve
- Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya
- Kodigala Ancient Temple
- Lagoon Herbal Garden
- Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
- Martin Wickramasinghe Museum
- All Saints Anglican Church
- Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa
- Jungle Beach
- Dutch Reformed Church
- Moonstone Mines
- Black Fort
- Whale watching
- Maritime Archeology Museum
Access is after the bridge from Unuwatuna, the main road to Galle off the main road. The place is also famous for fishing.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Kanneliya Rain Forest
Kannelya rain forest is just one of the Galle's many landmarks to discover. Tourists whom are seeking adventure based tourism locations in Sri lanka tour the Kanneliya rain forest. Probably it is more appropriate for a natural bath, Hiking, waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. It is a low land forest extends about 5306 ha.
Galle is consisted of 3 major forest reservation complexes. Namely Kanneliya, Dediyagala and Nakiyadeniya(KDN Complex). Kanneliya rain forest located about 36 km to the northeast from Galle. And also it is tropical rain forest in galle district. The mean annual rainfall is around 3750 mm. Kanneliya forest is well enriched with bio diversity. It may be second listed just because of the Sinharaja Forest.
‘Gin ganga’ river is the main water supplement to the Kanneliya forest. Multitudes of endemic plants are preserved in the forest. As the forest is comprised with many attractions, you don’t have to investigate whole the area as they can be reached easily. The Anagimale fall is just 2km from the entrance.
By the way several forest conservation projects are carrying out to preserve this natural diversity. Hence ward the forest department is also supporting them. Due to a reforestation program carried out in early 1970’s has recovered a little. It is evident that once you harmed to the environment it takes more time to be recovered.
December to February is the most suitable months to travel as it gets the highest rain fall. Usually the streams are running with their full force of water through the jungle and create beautiful cascades and sceneries. It will make you sense. You can bath in cool natural streams. Eventually it will energize you. Somehow you will have to take care of leechs. Bring some lime with you and if you are beaten, put few drops on the leech and it will leave you at once.
There are two traces used for hiking. You can select either route to Kabbale Mountain or the route through ‘Narangas’ ella. The gigantic ‘Navada’ tree is on the same way. A panoramic view of the entire area can be entertained at the top of the Kabbale hill. The light filtered through the forest canopy and tree leaves is unmemorable.
place to be toured regarding Sri Lankan tourism sites is Rumassala. In colonial era it was known as ‘Buona Vista’ (pleasant view). The legendary chronicle ‘Ramayana’ proclaims that ‘Rumassala’ is a chunk of Himalayan Mountains in India. Rumassala hill gives you a beautiful view of the southern coast of galle.
Colonials used Rumassala as a watering point to fill their crafts with fresh water. Even today we can see the Surplus of the jetty. Now it has become a service centre of ships and crafts. The Rumassala forest has a vast collection of bio diversity. It is yet another home to mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. Some of the indigenous and endemic animals, plants had been survived in the jungle.
The ocean is is quite rich with coral reefs and sea bio diversity. Tourists can snorkel, dive and explore the underwater bio diversity. However the Rumassala mountain range and the coral reefs have been ensured.Rumassala is a best place to spend and enjoy your weekends leisurely.
The epic ‘Ramayana’ reveals a beautiful folklore. Occasionally King Rawana and Rama were in the battlefields; lots of soldiers of Rama’s army get wounded and injured. Therefore Rama pleased to the Monkey king ‘Hanuman’ to bring few medicinal herbs from Himalayan Mountains. The herbs were namely Mritasanjeevani, bidhalayakarani, suvarnakarani and sandhani. But Hanuman couldn’t recognize those listed herbs. So that he brought back a part from gigantic Himalayan Mountains. Henceforward finding the required herbs, Hanuman threw away the rest of the mountain part.
Today this part of Himalayan Mountain, fallen to Sri Lanka is known as Rumassala. So that there is no doubt that there are medicinal herbs. The solemn shrine, Japanese peace pagoda was gifted by Japanese monk Nichidatsu Fuhi thero; founder of the Nipponzan – Myohoji Nikaya in Japan.
It has added some colors to the Rumassala mounatain. Thus a giant statue of Hanuman is built at the Peace pagoda temple. Even today devotees visit this statue and worship ‘Hanuma’ (Hanuma is believed to be a God now). A panoramic view of the Galle bay and the Indian Ocean will entertain you at the top of this hill.
The reef also supports the fishermen in the area to catch fish. You will see the traditional fishermen engaged with their fishing duties. So far it is more legitimate for family trips and picnics. Please remind that not to disturb the bio diversity of Rumassala