Galle is Sri Lanka’s oldest city and was, for centuries, Sri Lanka’s main port. Located about 115 km south of the capital city of Colombo, Galle has a splendid natural harbor. The Galle Lighthouse is Sri Lanka's oldest light station, built in 1848 by the Dutch colonial rulers. The original lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1936 and the present tower was built by British engineers in 1939. The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction, making this the country's most often visited lighthouse. The 26.5 m (87 ft) round cast iron tower is located at the end of a peninsula sheltering the harbor of Galle, at the southwestern corner of Sri Lanka.
On December 26th, 2005 Sri Lanka Post Office issued four stamps remembering the Tsunami devastation occurred in the island one year before. An earthquake occurred at a point 10 km deep under the sea on 26th December 2004, 1600 km away from the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Subsequent to this powerful earthquake (measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale), Tsunami waves reached the shores of Sri Lanka and other Asian and African countries causing heavy devastation. The Rs. 33.00 stamp depicts Tsunami waves on a suburban lighthouse in the country.