An afternoon in colonial Galle
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I had planned on getting the bus down to Galle (pronounced 'Gawl' in English), as they are more frequent than the trains, but today being day-after-election-day-holiday meant that wasn't the case. Thee tuk-tuk driver advised on getting the train (of course, after trying to get me to use his services by going all the way to Galle with him!!) and luckily I only had to wait 45 minutes for a train (LKR40/40c/25p) to take me the half hour or so to Galle. I didn't want to stay as I thought an afternoon to look round would suffice. So I left my bags at the train station and wandered to the fort area, which was absolutely deserted due to the holiday. Only a few restaurants and tourist shops were open - the population of Galle was, it would have seemed, glued to their televisions awaiting the election result.
Galle's fort area is nice and has a very colonial feel to it, due to its many conquerers over the years, and thankfully the architecture has been preserved. It makes for a nice afternoon walk, as you can walk round the fort walls, through the old gates and the like. The lighthouse on the south-eastern corner is fantastic and makes for a great viewpoint. I was clearly not heading the Lonely Planet's advice about always carrying an umbrella, and duly got caught in the mother of all downpours. I hid underneath a balcony with some locals for a while and it seemed to ease off, so I started wandering again.