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Galle

Just an hour along the coast (with a few glimpses of stilt fishermen) by bus from the Mirissa to Galle bus station and then auto rickshaw to Galle Fort and our guest house. The Fort area is the old colonial heart of Galle (originally colonised by the Dutch and subsequently by the English) with attractive and very quiet streets (particularly in comparison with the busy new town). It has had a lot of renovation work done since the tsunami and is looking very well on it. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, there are ramparts all the way round the perimeter which make for a particularly pleasant stroll. Of course, with the exception of the judicial activities in Court Square (shaded by enormous beautiful trees), the buildings are mostly given over to guest houses, restaurants, souvenir and jewellery shops, plus a number of religious buildings of all denominations. We were rather lucky with the room at the guest house. The initial one we were given was small and dark - not great for 4 nights. However, we managed to change to another room just finishing being cleaned, which was much larger, faced the old Dutch Hospital (now converted for use as restaurants and shops) and had a balcony area in front which we regularly profited from.

Can't say we did an awful lot in terms of visiting sights etc over the time we were there! We did lots of walks to thoroughly explore the lovely streets in the Fort area (going back for breaks on our guest house balcony - it was excessively hot in the day!), Most enjoyable of all were the strolls around the ramparts, normally with a very welcome sea breeze. Watching the sun go down from the western ramparts was a lovely way to finish off the afternoon (when it did not coincide with a downpour), particularly when we spotted turtles in the waves below ... and then moved on for a sundowner beer upstairs at a guest house nearby.

Galle Fort ramparts

Galle Fort ramparts


Stilt fishermen at Koggola

Stilt fishermen at Koggola


Guest house

Guest house


Guest house - breakfast time

Guest house - breakfast time


Guest house - room

Guest house - room


Guest house - view from balcony

Guest house - view from balcony


Gallery Fort - street scene

Gallery Fort - street scene


Galle Fort - street scene

Galle Fort - street scene


Galle Fort - street scene

Galle Fort - street scene


Galle Fort - street scene

Galle Fort - street scene


Galle Fort - Historical Mansion Museum

Galle Fort - Historical Mansion Museum


Galle Fort - mobile baker!

Galle Fort - mobile baker!


Galle Fort - Dutch Reformed Church

Galle Fort - Dutch Reformed Church


Galle Fort - All Saints Church

Galle Fort - All Saints Church


Galle Fort - Maritime Museum building

Galle Fort - Maritime Museum building


Gallery Fort - Court Square

Gallery Fort - Court Square


Galle Fort - trees in Court Square

Galle Fort - trees in Court Square


Galle Fort - kiosk in Court Square

Galle Fort - kiosk in Court Square


Enormous banyan tree in Court Square

Enormous banyan tree in Court Square


Ginger beer in rooftop cafe

Ginger beer in rooftop cafe


Upstairs here is good for sundowner beer

Upstairs here is good for sundowner beer


Galle Fort - building

Galle Fort - building


Megran Jumma mosque and roofs

Megran Jumma mosque and roofs


Galle Fort - southern ramparts

Galle Fort - southern ramparts


Galle Fort - roofs

Galle Fort - roofs


Galle Fort - Clock Tower on ramparts, rain coming!

Galle Fort - Clock Tower on ramparts, rain coming!


Galle Fort - northern ramparts

Galle Fort - northern ramparts


Cricket lesson! - cricket ground behind

Cricket lesson! - cricket ground behind


Galle Fort - Old Gate

Galle Fort - Old Gate


Fresh fish!

Fresh fish!


Fresh fish!

Fresh fish!


Galle new town with buddha

Galle new town with buddha


Fruit stall - cutting bananas for us

Fruit stall - cutting bananas for us


Fruit stall

Fruit stall


Another Morris Minor! - in excellent condition

Another Morris Minor! - in excellent condition


Galle Fort - eastern ramparts with small beach

Galle Fort - eastern ramparts with small beach


Galle Fort - lighthouse

Galle Fort - lighthouse


Galle Fort - southern ramparts

Galle Fort - southern ramparts


Galle Fort - southern ramparts

Galle Fort - southern ramparts


Galle Fort - western ramparts

Galle Fort - western ramparts


Galle Fort - western ramparts

Galle Fort - western ramparts


Galle Fort - western ramparts

Galle Fort - western ramparts


Western ramparts - what's that in the sea?

Western ramparts - what's that in the sea?


Turtle!

Turtle!


Turtle - from western ramparts

Turtle - from western ramparts


Western ramparts - awaiting sunset (and turtles!)

Western ramparts - awaiting sunset (and turtles!)


Western ramparts - sunset

Western ramparts - sunset


Western ramparts - sunset

Western ramparts - sunset

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Sri Lanka

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