Day 10 – Galle

Galle is synonymous to the great maritime powers of the 16th and 17th Centuries – Portugal, Holland, and England. The local folklore indicates that the name of Galle is derived from the Portuguese word “galo” or coke. However, there is a conflict regarding the name of this city as the people also believed that the name was taken from the Sinhalese word “galo”, which means rock (on which many a ship has splashed coming into harbor at Galle). Whatever the case is, the most important fact is that the city carries both the symbol of a cock and rock.

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