Galle - very dutch indeed

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Galle Lighthouse
Galle is basically a two-in-one-town. There is the old dutch fort area ("Old Town"), surrounded by high walls, and consisting mainly of old, small european-style houses. And there is the modern part on the other side of the walls ("New Town") - a very busy place with lots of shopping opportunities and a train station that serves as an important transport hub to and from Sri Lankas capital, Colombo.

The stone fort does not only look great - in 2004, it probably saved a lot of people's lives and countless buildings by keeping the tsunami waters away. Other parts of Galle weren't so lucky, and there are still lots of devastated house ruins along the coast.
Galle Fort


I stayed in the Beach Haven Guesthouse, only 100 meters away from the fort walls. This family-owned house was extraordinary. All of the family was very friendly, the rooms cheap & clean (I believe I payed 1000 Rp / day), and you even get free Wifi-access - interesting for those who are travelling with their notebook (or with one of those fancy smartphones ;-). Highly recommended!

The weather was great when I got there, and the fort with its lighthouse and clocktower is a very atmospherical place to be. The second day had "rain" written all over it. Not a big deal though - the Old Town offers lots of Museums, cafe bars and handcraft boutiques to spend your time on. Eventually, it stopped pouring down too heavily, and I set off for a little tour of some surrounding temples and pagodas. Especially nice was the "Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya" rock temple, settled in kind of a cave environment that reminded me a lot of the Dambulla caves.

It's funny to see how all the street vendors and touts adapt to the history of their "business area". In Galle, you will find people everywhere trying to sell you old british, dutch, spanish -  well, basically, all kinds of - coins and stamps.

Time went by fast, and I had to make my final trip. Into the big, loud, dirty metropolis of Colombo. A place I wanted to avoid alltogether, but which turned out to be extremely worthwhile.
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Galle Lighthouse
Galle Lighthouse
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Galle Fort
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Galle Fort
Galle Lighthouse
Galle Lighthouse
Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Maritime Museum, Galle
Maritime Museum, Galle
Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Some night-shot experiments at Gal…
Some night-shot experiments at Ga…
Kaduruduwa temple, near Galle
Kaduruduwa temple, near Galle
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Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple…
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Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya templ…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya templ…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya templ…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple…
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya templ…
Peace Pagoda, Galle
Peace Pagoda, Galle
Peace Pagoda, Galle
Peace Pagoda, Galle
Galle Hostels review
This family-owned house is great. The family is very friendly, the rooms cheap & clean, and I was able to use their Wifi for free - interesting for th… read entire review
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