• 12th Arrival of foreign participants to Light House Hotel,
            Galle, Sri Lanka
            Ice Breaker Dinner for Foreign Participants.
  • 13th Inaugural Session and Seminar
  • 14th Seminar Continued
  • 15th Excursion Southern Sri Lanka (Hambanthota)

 

“Galle Dialogue 2012” Maritime Conference to begin in the Port City of Galle

On  the  Directive  of  the  Ministry  of  Defence,  and urban development the “Galle Dialogue 2012” maritime conference will be organized by the Sri Lanka Navy and be held in the port city of Galle on 13th and 14th December  2012 with local and foreign participation from the maritime fraternity.

The “Galle Dialogue” initiative of the previous years created a forum to discuss and exchange matters of regional maritime security concerns. The Dialogue this year will aim to continue the discussion with the experiences of events over the past 13 months. The theme for “Galle Dialogue 2012” will be “Strategic Maritime Cooperation and Partnerships to Face the Future with Confidence”

The conference will be attended by over thirty countries where the participants are expected to discuss on a broad spectrum of maritime issues.

 

 
 

Galle is a city situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the capital city of Southern Province of Sri Lanka and it lies in Galle District.

Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn 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. 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, and Wakwella, reaches the sea at Ginthota. In Wakwella over the river there is Wakwella Bridge, which is the longest bridge in Sri Lanka.

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. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel.

Galle is the main city in the most southerly part of the island, with a population of around 100 000, and is connected by rail to Colombo and Matara. On 26 December 2004 the city was devastated by the massive Boxing Day Tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that occurred a thousand miles away, off the coast of Indonesia. Thousands were killed in the city alone. Galle is home to a cricket ground, the Galle International Stadium, rebuilt after the tsunami. Test matches resumed there on December 18, 2007.

Galle offers a unique opportunity to create a visible demonstration of the conservation of its inheritance. Galle is also an exciting, internationally famous visitor destination. Rumassala in Unawatuna is a large mound-like hill, which forms the eastern protective barrier to the Galle harbour. Local tradition associates this hill with some events of the Ramayana.

 
 
 17th Century Map of the fort at Galle Sri Lanka 1790
 
 
 The port of Galle in 1754
 
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