Galle city is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip of the island. From the seaside you watch the big freight ships relatively close to the coast rounding the cape turning northbound towards Colombo. Other ships just pass the city on their way from the Far East to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The history of Galle goes back many centuries as a trading post for spices, mainly cinnamon, however the Dutch made Galle to a major trading post. They constructed the Galle Fort in 1663,the biggest and best preserved European fortress in Asia, registered as a UNESCO world heritage. The strong granite walls are a landmark of the city. Inside the walls you can find a unique collection of buildings built in Dutch colonial architecture, a mixture of South Asian and Dutch architecture. Many Galle residents think that this is a typical Dutch architecture and where buildings and houses in this style are to be found as well all over the Netherlands.

The Dutch constructed a network of roads and canals to transport the spices and agricultural products to the market in the town and the harbour. On the crossings of the roads and along the canals small settlements arose, which in time developed to villages. Now these villages are the suburbs of Galle City, like Karapitya, Dewata and Sarantu Kada junction . Driving through the neighbourhoods of Galle City still gives you the impression of roaming around the countryside, with a lot green tropical vegetation and a rural atmosphere. You will undoubtedly recognize what I have written here when you make a delightful tour around the city centre and that in fact Galle City is a cluster of villages, worthwhile visiting.