|Year first constructed||1848 (first)|
|Year first lit||1939 (current)|
|Construction||cast iron tower|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern|
|Tower height||26.5 metres (87 ft)|
|Focal height||28 metres (92 ft)|
|Light source||mains power|
|Range||47 nautical miles (87 km; 54 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (2) W 15s.|
|Managing agent||Sri Lanka Ports Authority|
This is Sri Lanka's oldest light station dating back to 1848, but the original 24.5-metre-high (80 ft) lighthouse built by the British was located about 100 metres (330 ft) from the current site; however, it was destroyed by fire in 1934. The existing 26.5-metre-high (87 ft) lighthouse was erected here in 1939. The original light was furnished with a glass prism lens floating in a bath of mercury (to reduce friction) and was powered by a weight driven machine.[self-published source]
The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction. The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 metres (20 ft) above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.
- Rowlett, Russ (13 February 2006). "Lighthouses of Sri Lanka". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Galle Light". Lighthouse Explorer. Foghorn Publishing. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "List of Lighthouses in Sri Lanka". The Team Traveller. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Sailing Directions for the West Coast of India - Issue 159. United States Hydrographic Office. 1920. p. 167.
- Sorila, Eero (2012). Lighthouses Big and Small. Xlibris Corporation. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4691-8037-3.
- Galle Light
- British Library photograph of the original 1848 lighthouse
- Sri Lanka Ports Authority
- Lighthouses of Sri Lanka
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