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Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon is a very popular destination among tourists all over the world because of the variety of places to visit. It is a country rich in history, tradition and culture. This island in the Indian Ocean is well known for its pristine white beaches and the golden sun shining throughout the year. There are many beach destinations in Sri Lanka such as Galle, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Nilaveli, Negombo, Bentota and Hikkaduwa.
Galle is a UNECO World Heritage Site and is a famous tourist destination with Colonial Buildings, ancient churches and museums. Bustling with life, Galle is an enchanting place to explore. This old trading port has many attractions for tourists. Built by the Dutch, Galle Fort is a walled enclave surrounded by the Indian Ocean.
Beaches in Galle are dotted with beautifully painted fishing boats and active fishermen in the morning and evening. There are also stilt fishermen, a unique sight in this area. Cricket is played in the Galle International Stadium. You can also see youths and children playing cricket in the streets of Galle. Narrow streets with colossal buildings which are remains of Dutch presence in the Island in the past such as the Dutch Reformed Church, Marine Archaeological Museum, Old Gate (a historic site in Galle), Galle Lighthouse and busy streets with souvenir shops are some of the best attractions in this beach destination.
In March, the endangered Blue Whale (balaenoptera musculus) can be seen in this coastline. Some of these whales are visitors in the Indian Ocean whereas some are permanent residents and can be seen throughout the year.
Galle, a city which has a lot to offer to a visitor is an ideal destination for painting also. So, we have handpicked Tamarind Hill Hotel, an aristocratic colonial-style luxury boutique hotel, a beautifully restored 250 year old Dutch House situated on the outskirts of Galle Fort. This hotel is an ideal blend of old-world hospitality and contemporary luxury. The hotel has colonial aesthetic furnishings, a relaxed Bohemian atmosphere with spacious rooms, an inner courtyard, a swimming pool and ancient paintings that adorn the walls. The Hotel is an oasis of calm although situated in close proximity to down town with occasional sounds of peacocks in the ambience.
The Hotel has 15 luxurious en suite bedrooms. Guests have exclusive use of the Hotel which makes an ideal environment for those interested in painting during their stay.
Guests can also try mouth-watering meals at the Hotel.
Boat trips are arranged by the Hotel to those interested in whale watching.