An afternoon in colonial Galle

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Fort area streets, Galle

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.

The lighthouse, Galle
I saw the first results come through while I had a curry at 'Indian Hut' (yes, a blatant rip off of the pizza chain!) - the president was clearly going to win, and apparently everyone was actually happy about this. Good news, I guess.

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.

Kids playing cricket with the fort walls in the background
Only a temporary let up, however, and I was soon getting soaked again....ah, bugger it, I thought, whats a bit of water. It was hot anyway, so I didn't mind too much. It didn't stop the local kids playing cricket right next door to the Galle International Stadium, so I stopped to watch and had a bit of cricket banter with the local kids. All buddying Jayasuriya's - you could tell by the way they swatted the bowlers with contempt! I climbed up the fort (free), which had fabulous views of both the old and new parts of town. And, particularly, the cricket stadium. I couldn't imagine anyone actually bothering to pay to get in to watch Jayasuriya, Pietersen, Ponting and the like as the view from up there was far better than any you would get in the stadium! The rain continued though, and eventually I got bored of being wet and decided to grab my bag and head onto my destination for the night, Unawatuna.

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Fort area streets, Galle
Fort area streets, Galle
The lighthouse, Galle
The lighthouse, Galle
Kids playing cricket with the fort…
Kids playing cricket with the for…
Getting stuck in the rain!
Getting stuck in the rain!
Maritime Museum, Galle
Maritime Museum, Galle
Hilda the cow wasnt impressed wit…
Hilda the cow wasn't impressed wi…
Clock tower, Fort Galle
Clock tower, Fort Galle
Views towards the new town
Views towards the new town
Views over the Galle International…
Views over the Galle Internationa…
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