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Galle, located on extreme SW corner of Sri Lanka (75 mls S of Colombo, 99 mls S of Bandaranaike international airport) is a 17th-century Dutch colonial fortress town and busy latter-day port. It is set on coastal strip with a large natural harbour, backed by paddy fields and verdant hills.
Galle is notable for its towering British-built lighthouse and well-preserved ramparts which encircle the old town's quaint narrow streets (many still have Dutch names). Several interesting churches and varied architecture, including Victorian mansions and several grand public buildings erected during British rule. Beyond the walls lie typically chaotic residential shanty developments, shoddy roads and motley businesses. Some of Sri Lanka?s most famous cricketers originate from Galle and the cricket ground is the site of international matches.