Galle - very dutch indeed
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April 22nd, 2010 – by: thesneets
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.
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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