Galle is a town on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the capital of the southern province of Sri Lanka and is located in the district of Galle. The major river is Gin River (Gin Ganga) which starts from Gongal Kanda and passing villages like Neluwa, Nagoda, Baddegama, Thelikada Wakwella and reaches the sea Ginthota. There is a bridge called Wakwella over the river Wakwella, which is the longest bridge in Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort is a World Heritage Site and the largest fortress rest of Asia built by European occupiers. Other important monuments are the natural port of Galle, the National Maritime Museum, the Cathedral of St. Mary by the Jesuits, one of the temples of Shiva the largest on the island and the momentous splendor hotel Amangalla. Rumassala Unawatuna is a large mound, as the hill that forms the eastern barrier of protection for the port of Galle. Local tradition connects this hill with some events from the Ramayana. According to James Emerson Tennent, Galle was the ancient port of Tar shish, from which King Solomon, ivory, peacocks and other valuables. Galle was a leading port in advance of Western domination in the country. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians and Chinese business through the port of Galle. In 1411, the entry of bile trilingual, a stone tablet inscribed in three languages, Chinese, Tamil and Persian, in Galle built to commemorate the second visit to Sri Lanka by the Chinese admiral He Shang.
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