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Galle is a city situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Iban Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. 






















  Land area    1,617 km² (624 sq mi)
  Inland water area   35 km² (14 sq mi)
  Total area   1,652 km² (638 sq mi)

Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
 
Galle is a sizeable town, by Sri Lankan standards, and has a population of 91,000, the majority of whom are of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a large Sri Lankan Moor minority, particularly in the fort area, which descend from Arab merchants that settled in the ancient port of Galle. #1# Galle offers a unique opportunaity to create a visible demonstration of the conservation of this inheritance and an exciting new internationally famous visitor desitination. The vision is to brand Galle as to create and promote Galle as SriLanka's cool and healthy coastal city with clean green canopy.
 
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Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period. The major river is Gin River (Gin Ganga) which starts from Gongala Kanda and passing villages such as Neluwa, Nagoda, Baddegama, Thelikada, Wakwella and kisses the sea at Ginthota. In Wakwella over the river there is Wakwella Bridge which is the longest bridge in Sri Lanka Rumassala Kanda (Rumassala Mountain) is a large mound-like hill, which forms the eastern protective barrier to the Galle harbour.
 

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