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Galle, Sri Lanka

According to James Emerson Tennent, Galle was the ancient seaport of Tarshish, from which King Solomon drew ivory, peacocks and other valuables. Cinnamon was exported from Sri Lanka as early as 1400 BC and the root of the word itself is Hebrew. Galle had been a prominent seaport long before western rule in the country. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians, and Chinese were doing business through Galle port. In 1411, the Galle Trilingual Inscription, a stone tablet inscription in three languages, Chinese, Tamil and Persian, was erected in Galle to commemorate the second visit to Sri Lanka by the Chinese admiral Zheng He. The modern history of Galle starts in 1505, when the first Portuguese ship, under Lourenšo de Almeida was driven there by a storm. However, the people of the city refused to let the Portuguese enter it, so the Portuguese took it by force. In 1640, the Portuguese had to surrender to the Dutch East India Company. The Dutch built the present Fort in the year 1663. They built a fortified wall, using solid granite, and built three bastions, known as "Sun", "Moon" and "Star". After the British took over the country from the Dutch in the year 1796, they preserved the Fort unchanged, and used it as the administrative centre of Galle. Galle features a tropical rainforest climate. Average temperatures hovers at around 26 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Galle is a sizeable city, by Sri Lankan standards, and has a population of 91 000, the majority of whom are of Sinhalese ethnicity. Galle is also notable for its foreign population, both residents and owners of holiday homes.
Beaches of Galle, Sri Lanka
:: Beaches of Galle, Sri Lanka ::
Dutch Fort, Galle Sri Lanka
:: Dutch Fort, Galle Sri Lanka ::
Paddi Field Bike Excursion, Galle Sri Lanka
:: Paddi Field Bike Excursion, Galle Sri Lanka ::
Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay, Galle Sri Lanka
:: Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay, Galle Sri Lanka ::
River Safari and Bird Watching, Galle Sri Lanka
:: River Safari and Bird Watching, Galle Sri Lanka ::
Taprobane Island, Galle Sri Lanka
:: Taprobane Island, Galle Sri Lanka ::
Travel Contingent
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