Spanning across a hilly area of 88.64 km2, Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the last major unperturbed rainforest of Sri Lanka. Owing to the indigenous flora and fauna residing here and the national park’s importance for the ecosystem, it was labelled a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1989.
Flora & FaunaThis national park’s vegetation can be classified as tropical lowland rain forest or tropical wet evergreen forest. A large variety of trees found here have some unique features- t... read more
Adding to the serenity of Galle is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, situated on the headland to Unawatuna. This massive white structure sits on the Rumasalla Hill, overlooking the Indian Ocean. It was built by Japanese Monks in 2004 and is one of the four Buddhist Stupas in Sri Lanka. The stupa is large enough to be spotted from the beaches of Unawatuna and Galle.
Reaching UpThe best way to reach the pagoda is to walk all the way up, it is not a daunting but beautiful path. If not possible, one can also drive up the h... read more
Dutch Reformed Church in Galle, also known as Groote Kerk is one of the oldest Protestant Churches in Sri Lanka, which is still in use. Located at the entrance of the Dutch Fort, it was built in 1755.
HistoryFoundations of this church were originally laid in 1682 but the construction had to be halted for several years. It was in 1752 that the work was reinitiated after a Dutch army officer, Casparus de Jong and his wife donated money as a thanksgiving for the long-awaited birth of their daughter. She was baptize... read more
Located inside the Dutch Fort in Galle on the Church Road is the All Saints Anglican Church- a prominent place of worship as well as a tourist attraction in the city. Its foundation was laid on October 30th, 1868 and consecrated in 1871.
HistoryThe idea of establishing this church was given by the First Bishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. James Chapman and the foundation was laid by the Second Bishop, Rev. Dr. Piers Calveley Claughton. Site of an old courthouse was selected for the purpose. It is believed that the prese... read more