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Galle (Pointe de Galle) (2) Lighthouses

  Province Southern
  District Galle
  Nearest Town Galle


1939 (station established 1848). Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 26.5 m (87 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; the base of the lantern is painted red. David Trattnig's photo is at right, Pawel Makowiecki has a good photo, Sunila Galappatti has a 2008 photo, Lighthouse Digest has a feature article on the lighthouse by Preethi Burkholder, and Google has a satellite view. This is Sri Lanka's oldest light station. The British Library has a photo of the original lighthouse, which was destroyed by fire in 1936. The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction, making this the countries most often visited lighthouse. Located at the end of a peninsula sheltering the harbor of Galle, at the southwestern corner of Sri Lanka. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SLI-018; Admiralty F0830; NGA 27284.

Nearest Town or City :Galle Sri Lanka

Location :On ramparts of old Dutch Fort overlooking seaward channel into Galle Harbour, southwestern Sri Lanka.

Managing Organization : Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Notes : The first lighthouse here built by the British in 1848 burned down in 1934.

Tower Height : 87

Description Tower : White conical tower.

Operational : Yes

Date Established : 1848

Date Present Tower Built : 1939

Current Use : Active aid to navigation.

Characteristic Range : Two white flashes every 15 seconds; range 25 nautical miles.

Height Focal Plane : 93

National Register : No

Alternate Name1 : Pointe de Galle Light

Country :Sri Lanka

Earlier Towers :1848:White conical tower on the southwest bastion of the fort, 80 feet tall, focal plane at 100 feet.