June 2013
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The Maritime Archaeology Museum in Galle, Srilanka – Part 2

The National Maritime Museum is located in Galle in Sri Lanka. It is situated within the Galle fort.
• It was reopened at the Dutch warehouse of the Galle fort, on March 2010.
• It was then named as the National Maritime Archaeology Museum.
• There are exhibits of marine artifacts displayed at this museum.
• Refreshment
• Shop

The Event Hall
• For Inquiries call on +94 91 2227640
• Contact Museum Curator – mariarcg@gmail.com

Information Center
Open air installation
• The museum offers a display that does not confine itself to the in-door exhibition at the Ware House.
• It has implemented the surrounding landscape into the presentation.
• The open-air installation exhibits the traditional wooden boats and outrigger canoes.
• These are shown placed on a sandy beach.
• This beach is located adjoining the Museum building.
• It is also an entertainment and relaxing space for adults and children.
• There are refreshment outlets for the visitors to enjoy.

The Black fort and the Rampart
• Northeastern corner of the fort is well known as the Black fort.
• It was actually a Portuguese construction as their first stockade.
It has several features such as:
– gun powder
– magazines
– tunnels
– prison cells
– bases of gun turrets.

Opening Hours
• Seven days a week
• 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m
• Except special Government holidays.

Places to visit near The National Maritime Museum

Galle Fort
• Galle Fort is located in the Bay of Galle.
• It is on the south east coast of Sri Lanka.
• It was constructed first in 1588.

Dutch Reformed Church
The Dutch Reformed Church is located near the Amangalla Hotel in Galle.

Galle National Museum
The Galle National Museum is established in the Galle Fort which is considered as the oldest Dutch building of the Galle fort.

Other places
• The Kalutara temple
• Seenigama temple
• The south ramparts of Galle Fort
• The Peace Pagoda

Things to do

Sailing boat
• There is an around the world sailboat rally which stops in Galle.
• The rally sails west to the country of Djibouti which is on the African Continent.
• This is from January to March.
• These boats sail in the direction of the Suez Canal.
• Visit one of the turtle hatcheries along the coast.

Other places in Srilanka

• Anuradhapura
• Colombo
• Jaffna
• Kandy
• Kurunegala
• Nuwara Eliya
• Polonnaruwa
• Ratnapura

Other Destinations
• Adam’s Peak
• Yala National Park – wildlife Safari
• Beruwela – beach resort
• Haputale – small hill town
• Horton’s Plains and World’s End
• Robolgoda- beach resort
• Sinharaja Rainforest – A world Heritage
• Unawatuna – beach resort
• Mirissa – small beach village
• Trincomalee – beautiful beaches
• Batticaloa
• Kitulgala – for pristine nature
• Arugam Bay – Southeast coast beach town
• North areas to see extremely beautiful beaches.

• Sri Dhalada Maligawa
• Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
• Ancient temples
• Ruins

Nuwara Eliya
• Beautiful villages
• Many tea estates
• Hakgala botanical gardens

Mirissa and Kalpitiya
• Watch whales and dolphins.

• Islands in the Northern side to see unexplored Sri Lanka

• See Elephants

• Bird watching

• White water rafting

Go to
– Yala National Park
– Wilpattu
– Wasgamuwa
– For the best wildlife Safari experience.

Things to do in Srilanka

• Surfing from November to April.
• Surfing in the western and southern coast.
• For the beginners Weligama that is located on the southern coast is the best place to surf.
• For a price of Rs.1500 per day or Rs. 400 per hour, one can rent a board.
• Lesson prices for Rs. 2500 per hour.

Kite surfing
• Kite surfing from April to September.
• Kite surf on eastern coast.
• For the beginners, Kalpitiya is the best place to kitesurf.

Best time to visit / climate

• Sri Lanka is known to be a tropical country.
• It’s possible to expect rain anytime of the season that is generally in most regions.
• The two major rainy seasons are:
– North-East monsoon ie. October to January
– South-West monsoon i.e., May to July
• The climate of Sri Lanka changes dramatically from one part of the country to another part of the country, being an island.
• For instance at Nuwara Eliya, from the hills of Central Sri Lanka, features a temperature of around -5-20 C all through the year.
• Whereas Hambanthota, perfectly found on the dry zone, carries a temperature consistently around 30-35 C.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• From Colombo you can possibly take the train or bus.
• Both travel near the beach coast and also have beautiful views.
• This is why getting into train or bus is among the best things about Galle.
• Bus no. 2 takes you to Galle.
• It costs you around Rs. 230 by using an air-conditioned bus.
• It requires around three hours to travel.
• Traveling from Colombo city is usually anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours.

1. By plane
• Sri Lankan Airlines would be the national flagship carrier in Srilanka.
• These airlines offer services that operate from Colombo-Bandaranayake Airport terminal.
Flights are available from cities:
– Throughout Europe
– Southeast Asia
– China
– Japan
– The Middle East
– India
– Pakistan
• SriLankan Air also flies to the nearby destinations such as:
– Chennai
– Trivandrum
– Mumbai
– Delhi
– Cochin
– Bangalore
– Maldives
• Emirates Airlines links several major European cities to Colombo.
• There are many flights on a daily basis starting from Dubai, Singapore to Colombo.
• Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s first low-cost airline started operating in 2007.
• These airlines fly to Dubai in United Arab Emirates.
• They fly to Tiruchirapalli and Buddhagaya that are located in India.
• Mihin Lanka now offers non-stop services which start from Colombo to the cities of Jakarta and Dhaka.
• Qatar Airways also offers three nonstop air flight services on a daily basis.
• They start from Doha to Colombo.
• Jet Airways has many flights in a day to Colombo.
They start from:
– Delhi
– Mumbai
– Chennai
• Spice Jet has one flight a day to Colombo from Madurai.
• Tiger Airways, the Singapore-based LCC, flies four times a week between Colombo and Singapore.
• It is available on Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun.
• The budget airline Air Asia now operates from Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia to Colombo in Sri Lanka.
• Singapore Airlines flies daily between Colombo and Singapore.
• Royal Jordanian has a daily flight from Amman to Colombo.
• Ukrainian International Airlines offers flights which start from Kiev to Colombo via Dubai.

Other airlines offering their services are:
– Singapore Airlines
– Malaysia Airlines
– Thai International Airways
– Cathay Pacific
– Saudi Arabian
– Condor (Germany)
– Spicejet (India)
– Meridiana (Italy)
– JetAirFly (Belgium)

Some Travel Books on Srilanka

Sri Lanka Travel Map Second Edition For 91 Days in Sri Lanka The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at touristlink.com
Hotels at tripadvisor.com

Blogs / Sites about Sri lanka

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs at touristlink.com
blogs and reviews at laktours.blogspot.in

Images and photos about Sri lanka

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.com
images at touristlink.com

Videos about Sri lanka

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