Found within the walls of the Galle Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sri Lanka's most prominent attractions - the Galle Lighthouse is the oldest light station of the country, with it dating back to 1848. It is located towards the south of the fort's promontory and measures over 26 metres in height. The original lighthouse which was built by the British was around 80 feet in height but was destroyed in 1934 by a fire. The present lighthouse was erected five years later about 100 metres away from the original site. Positioned about 20 feet above the level of the road, the location of the lighthouse was strategically chosen by the British to give it a clear view of all ships arriving at the Galle Harbour. The lighthouse is amongst the most prominent landmarks within the Galle Fort and is worth a visit when travelling around the fort.
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The unique position of the lighthouse
Muslim travellers who require prayer facilities near the lighthouse at the Galle Fort may visit the Meera Mosque which is located within the fort. Built in 1904, the mosque is a prominent landmark in the area and is also known as the Galle Fort Mosque or the Jama Al-Khairat Mosque. Other mosques in Galle include Ya Hussain Masjid, Shekh Yusuf Sahib Valiyullah Mosque and the Baddare Mosque.
There are a few Halal restaurants at Galle Fort where Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal food. A couple of popular spots include the Crêpe-ology Restaurant and the Indian Hut which are both located within the fort premises. Finding Halal food in Galle will not be difficult, with international restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut also serving Halal food.