|A traditional stilt fisherman|
After relaxing by the beach for a few days we moved on to our next destination, the old trading port and sea fortress of Galle. I think it's be safe to say that Galle is probably the most touristic and popular destination in Sri Lanka, however it is for good reason. An old port town that has been ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and inhabited by traders from around the globe, it is a melting pot of old colonial charm and diversity.
The old Fort area is separated from Galle town proper, by the old Fort walls, once used as protection back in the day. There are different gates from where you can enter and exit the enclosed Fort area, which has a different vibe to the hustle and bustle of the main town. Inside the Fort you will find a great concentration of gorgeous colonial architecture, many of which are now beautiful hotels and restaurants, jewellers, boutique and souvenir stores; places of worship and the famous Galle lighthouse. It is still a working area too, with the local courts, administration offices and gem merchants having their bases within its confine.
The other great aspect to Galle, which further emphasises its popularity, is its proximity to some of Sri Lanka's most popular and beautiful beaches, creating a great base for both exploring and relaxing. So although, it may be slightly busier than other areas in Sri Lanka, it is definitely worth at least a visit, if not a longer stay, so you can really soak up the atmosphere and explore the nearby coastline.
next: more from Galle.
|sunset on a beach near Galle|
|looking into Galle Fort from the surrounding wall|
|lots of gems|
|looking towards Galle Lighthouse|
|drinks at the Fort Bazaar|
|entering/exiting Galle Fort|