• Galle Clock Tower

    Galle Clock Tower

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Quick Information:

  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Rampart Street, Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
  • Entrance: Free

While the time of the ancient clock mounted atop the tower has long stopped telling the time, the tower stands strong and tall by the Moon Bastion, overlooking the Galle Cricket Stadium and a perfect view of the crimson sunset, spreading slowly over the Horizon.

Situated close to the entrance of the Galle Dutch Fort, the clock tower was built in 1833 in commemoration of Dr Peter Daniel Anthonisz, who was serving as the colonial surgeon of the Southern Province at the time. People of the South liked him so much, that the tower was built with public subscription and the clock was a gift of Mudaliyar Samson de Abrew Rajapakse.

While the tower was built during the British Rule, the statuettes around the tower were built post-independence showing the repressive nature of colonial rule. If you can put behind the repressive nature of the Dutch Fort, the Moon Bastion which sits next to the Galle Clock Tower is the best place to enjoy the view across Galle Cricket stadium and the Indian Ocean.

Moon and Star Bastions

Since the Galle Ramparts are a mesmerizing mishmash of construction and greenery overlooking a vast expanse of Indian Ocean with strategic falls to the ocean below, Moon Bastion is also one of the best places to soak in the evening sun.

If you are brave at heart with good dexterity and stomach for heights, try a seat at the ‘Sunset Spot’ of the Star Bastion, a ledge at the end of the Bastion with a straight fall to the ocean and watch the sun go down with an extravagance of colour.

The Galle Clock tower is an eight-minute walk away from Galley 52 and a 3.5 km drive from the Galle city centre.