Wandering around Galle

An easy start to the day today where we got to enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast consisting of roti, roti with egg and accompanied by Dahl and a coconut curry, all mild and then a couple of interesting sides (which I didn’t quite catch what they were). Our host even showed us how to eat it by mixing all the ingredients together on the plate and then mopping it up with the roti. It was pretty delicious.

Whilst at breakfast we got chatting to the other guest who was staying at the guest house and she mentioned that she had met a couple who had hired a tuk tuk to drive around Sri Lanka in! Watch this space?!

We lazed about and then said our goodbyes to Roshan who had been just wonderfully friendly in the manner in which he had hosted us. Whilst waiting for the train on the platform the friendliness of the Sri Lankans was evident once again as firstly they were all very helpful in showing us where to go and where to wait for the train. Then secondly one of the awaiting tuk tuk drivers got chatting to us and we soon realised that he was just being nice passing time, there wasn’t anything he was going to gain from us he was literally just having a chat…how refreshing.

Same seats for us on the train again, in between the carriages watching the world go by enjoying the breeziness of the door being wide open. It’s lovely seeing the train system so busy and obviously such a lifeline of the place. It must provide so many jobs for people because most railway crossings are manned by a guy in a hut who has to lower and raise the bar.

The first place we noticed after arriving in Galle was the magnificent cricket ground which isn’t the biggest ground in the world but does have a fantastic location right near the sea and the old fort town of Galle. Just the other side of the cricket ground is the old fort town of Galle still with its walls intact. It was built in the 17th century and was constructed and maintained so well that the walls still protected the town during the 2004 tsunami!! The storm water system built by the Dutch in the 18th century also quickly drained any water that came in thus limiting flood damage. 

Our guesthouse was right in the middle of Galle and we set out to have a walk around the old town. It’s all been very carefully maintained and was lovely to amble around. Walking along the walls looking out to sea was brilliant but in amongst all the streets the buildings were fantastically well maintained and preserved.  

At one point we were taking a picture of the old abandoned Lloyds Shipping building and the man who was on guard invited us in for a tour of the place!! Typically lovely and helpful and an amazingly large piece of real estate just abandoned in the middle of the town!

Galle was lovely to walk around but it has to be said that the place is extremely touristy and apart from tuk tuk drivers there were only really tourists to be seen around the streets, still it was a brilliant atmosphere and before we knew it dusk was upon us.

As it was so touristy the prices for all the restaurants were pretty high too but we managed to find a really popular place serving a selection of 10 curries for two people. Just such a fantastic idea and once again a brilliantly tasty meal had in Sri Lanka!! We were so excited we forgot to take a picture of the amazing feast. 

After dinner we enjoyed another amble around the town which by this stage,8:30pm, had gone deathly quiet. Not exactly a party town but beautiful to walk around admiring the character of all the buildings. We decided though as we were walking around that one night was probably enough here and to move on westwards towards the beaches and ultimately the national parks. T

Beautiful stations all along the line

Great views along the way too.

The seafront and lighthouse in Galle.

Typical streets in Galle.

The old gate.

Me looking suitably impressed during our unofficial tour of the Lloyd’s building

The deserted interior of the Lloyds building.

The Anglican Church, built by the Dutch.

Wish there was some cricket on at the Galle cricket ground.

The rocks along the coast.

One of the Buddhist temples in Galle.  The amazing thing so far is how many different temples there are so close to each other.

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