Conference Tour


The conference tour is scheduled on 27th September, 2019. Given below are the destinations of the visits and the activities intended to be carried out. 

Fees and registration

Those who are interested in joining the tour should register.

Tour charges:
        Local Participants                   - LKR 2500/=

        International Participants       - $20 or LKR 3500/=

 

Tour Plan

  1. Galle Dutch Fort
  2. National Museum of Galle
  3. Maritime Museum
  4. Jungle Beach
  5. Japanese Peace Pagoda
  6. Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre
  7. Galle Harbour

 

Galle Dutch Fort

Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance.

The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries."

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National Museum of Galle

The Galle National Museum is established in the oldest Dutch building of the Galle fort, constructed in 1656.
To aware the public on traditional cultural heritage of Southern Sri Lanka, the Department of National Museums developed this museum and opened to the public on 31st March 1986. Galle National Museum displays a wide range of archaeological and anthropological objects inherited in Southern region. Collection of traditional masks used in various rituals, collection of ornamental objects made up of turtle shells, ancient wooden carvings and a Beeralu collection are important visitor attractive exhibits in the museum. The influence of Dutch is depicted by the equipments used in Dutch ships came to the Galle harbor. Large water vessels, V.O.C. porcelain objects and arms and weapons used by the Dutch soldiers are among the exposition.    
The Galle National Museum plays an important role as a center of education in the Southern region.

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Maritime Museum of Galle

Maritime Museum is the only museum which aware the public on marine biological and anthropological aspects of Southern coastal area. It is located in the old Dutch ware house of the fort of Galle, built in 1671. The museum was open to the public on 9th May 1992.
The first gallery depicts the types of watercrafts used in passenger transport and maritime trading in Southern Sri Lanka. The traditional life style of fishing communities and such fishing techniques are displayed with attractive models and replicas. The second Gallery is focused on marine eco systems and their flora and fauna. Models of mangroves, sea shore plants, turtles, sea birds and marine mammals are displayed with their taxonomic details. Specimens of corals, marine shells and some invertebrates can be observed in the exhibition while a large skeleton of a Whale mounted in the roof giving you a wonderful experience.

The Maritime Museum is serving as a centre of education for various groups of visitors and researchers of Southern region.

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Jungle Beach

Hidden Buena Vista (pleasant view) of the Island along the Southern coast, the Jungle beach is worth enough for visiting. The beach is located nearly 7.5km from the main city, Galle and few kilometres from Rumassala, Unawatuna area.

Golden sandy shore and rich bio diversity background stoles every heart. When you enter the beach you can see the sun bath facilities around the cafeteria. If you need to relax yourself peacefully, print some more steps forward and you will get lost yourself in the deserted area of the beach. Although it is smaller in size, treat its guest well. Jungle beach is suitable to enjoy swimming without waves. The beach is rich in coral reefs and marine biology. In ancient days the place is used to take fresh water before starting great voyages. The stone inscriptions and residues around the area describe them well. The visitors love the beach as well as the pathway to the beach. Because the way to jungle beach was filled with many uncommon birds, animals, plants and helps to feel the jungle experience! As the Rumassala rock is a part of Himalaya range which was brought by “Hanuman” to heal the injured battalions in order to obey the request of King Rama, it contains many medicinal herb plants.

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Japanese Peace Pagoda

Sama Ceitya is the stupa which was built by the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji Nikaya in 23rd February 2004. It is called “Peace Pagoda”. There are four stupas of this kind in Sri Pada, Bandarawela, Walapane and Ampara. In addition to these you can see this type of stupas in America, India, Australia, Japan, Nepal and Italy. By 2000, 80 Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

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Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre

The sea turtles are one of the rare species found in the world. Their heritage could be traced to more than 100 million years. They are supposed to have lived during the Dinosaurs age. But at present about 8 varieties of turtles are said to be existing. But due to the destroying of these turtles, there is a threat of these species being eradicated from our planet.
​The turtles get together in certain areas of the ocean annually to mate. After mating the female turtles come to the sea shore to lay their eggs. They are supposed to lay eggs after they attain the age of about 30 years. They are said to lay their eggs on the sea shore at night. It is said that these turtles prefer to lay their eggs on the same beach they were born. They are supposed to lay about 120 eggs at a time. Their eggs are white and they are similar to Ping-Pong balls. The eggs are kept damp by the female turtle by emitting a juice to cover the eggs. After laying eggs these turtles go back to the ocean. They keep no connection with the eggs or their newborns. The eggs are hatched with the help of the warm sand (heated by the rays of the sun). After about 60 days the eggs start cracking and newborns who are about 5cm long find their way to the ocean.

Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre rescue turtles who are in danger of loosing their lives to the fishing industry whether they are caught in nets or hunted for meat. It currently have 40 turtles, including 4 types of turtle.

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Galle Harbour

Galle Harbour was a major harbour in the country, which was in use even during the pre-Christian times, and gained importance after the 12th century. By the 14th century, Galle Harbour was the most important harbour in Sri Lanka, and retained its importance until 1873 when an artificial harbour was built in Colombo.

After the construction of Galle Fort in the 17th century, Galle Port was a major port in the Indian Ocean for more than 200 years, which was an important anchorage for boats and ships traveling between Europe and Asia. When the British colonial government constructed breakwaters in Colombo Harbour in the late 19th century, much international marine traffic shifted to Colombo from Galle. Thereafter, Galle Port became a secondary port of the country, though it still handles some ships and boats.

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