Conference Tour - ICBI 2024

Important points regarding the conference trip are given below.

  • Date                : 02nd November 2024
  • Location        : Galle
  • Places             : Roomassala, Jungle Beach & Galle Fort

Plan for the tour.

Departure from the University of Kelaniya      6.45 am
Breakfast @ Welipanna                                    8.00 am to 9.00 am
Reach to Galle                                                   10.00 am
Visiting Roomassala & Jungle Beach           10.00 am to 12.30 noon
Lunch/ Pool/Tea                                                12.30 noon to 4.00 pm
Galle Fort Visit                                                 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Departure                                                       6.00 pm
Reach to University                                       8.00 pm

Visiting Places

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01. Roomassala Hill & Japanese Peace Pagoda

Situated slightly more than five kilometres from Galle Fort, Rumassala Hill is a well-known tourist destination and a breathtaking natural formation rich in legends. The Ramayana chronicle states that the hill is considered a part of the Himalayan Mountain Range because rare plants that grow only in the Himalayas are said to flourish there. Rumassala Hill declared a wildlife sanctuary, is an ideal location for birdwatchers and a refuge for migratory and native birds.

Situated a short distance from Galle city, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is a singular shrine that ensures solitude and tranquillity for all who come. Constructed in 2005 by the Japanese Nipponzan-Myōhōji order, it served as a symbol to encourage peace on the Island. After a short hike to the top of Rumassala Hill, the immaculate Pagoda will leave you in wonder. When you reach the summit, take in the unobstructed, breathtaking coast views and the busy town of Galle.

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02. Jungle Beach

Jungle Beach, one of the more remote beaches on the Southern coast, is a picture-perfect stretch of golden sand where you can take in the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the majestic Rumassala Hill from opposite sides. Head to Jungle Beach, ideal for removing the heat and humidity after a hike up Rumassala Hill. One must wade and weave through a dense jungle before arriving at the alluring blue waters and warm golden sands.

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03. Galle Fort

The Portuguese first erected the Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort, on Sri Lanka's southwest coast. When the defences were first constructed in the late 16th century, they were rather simple. However, the Dutch made significant changes to the fort in the 17th century, which makes it one of the most significant historical, architectural, and archaeological sites that demonstrate the impact of Europe in Southeast Asia from the 16th to the 19th centuries. In line with UNESCO's statement, the site met the fourth criterion for recognition as a unique exposition of an urban ensemble demonstrating the interplay between European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

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