River Galana along the Indian Ocean Coast of Kenya, is one of the most memorable places to visit. The town was once referred to as Malinde, and it has existed since at least the 13th century. The resort town is best known for the Vasco da Gama Pillar, a bell-shaped monument built by the Portuguese in 1498. This monument is one of the oldest European cenotaphs built on the East African coast in 1498 amid Muslim resistance. It was built by the Portuguese to give direction for those following the sea route to India.