17.09.2013 - 18.09.2013 30 °C
On our first full day in Galle we decided to see some of the main sights. Our first port of call was to find some breakfast. Galle is popular and so is very expensive compared to other places in Sri Lanka we have visited. Normally rice and curry is around 150Rs at a local restaurant, here it is 900Rs so we spent a while browsing the cafes to find something we could afford. We settled upon a tiny family place that had a breakfast menu and proudly displayed there five star trip advisor review opposite the School called, Cafe Punto. Liam had the local breakfast and as Chelsea was still not fully recovered she had a western breakfast. They were both delicious and homemade, Liam's came with Pol Rottis which were freshly baked and still warm. They are sort of like flat crispy bread cakes and this came with daal and coconut sambal. Chelsea had a Sri Lankan omelette, filled with herbs and vegetables and this came with homemade pancakes, sort of like English dropscones and honey. It was heavenly and a great little find.
After we had filled up on tea and breakfast we set off in search of the sights.
Galle is a sight of its own. It is beautiful, full of tiny, quirky and colourful houses, narrow streets and green with potted flowers and ferns. It is extremely peaceful and the streets are often empty and quiet and we wandered through the maze of alleys until we came to the old Dutch Reform Church. It is interesting and when we entered we were thanked by a friendly man for visiting. The floor is paved with old Dutch gravestones and the outside is spotless, with perfect green grass.
We carried on to the main gates of the fort so we could have a look at the cricket ground and see the walls from outside the fort. Upon arrival of the exit of the fort there is a lot of tuk-tuks asking for business and we were approached by a man who 'was not asking for money' but wanted us to go with him to the local spice market to buy cheap saffron to take back to England. He obviously was a con man even though he told us 'I am not a con man' several times. In the end Chelsea said we already have plans and we do not want any spices or to go with him to the market to which he got very angry and said she should listen to her elders. His aggressiveness confirmed to us he definitely was a con man and did want our money. Anyway, we carried on and had a look at the cricket ground and took some photos of the fort walls. We climbed the steps to the top of the walls and had a good view of the new town and the grounds. The fort itself is lovely and along the top of the walls is cut grass where people enjoy sitting in the breeze and relaxing.
We also saw the old gate of the fort that the Dutch built which is now part of the maritime museum. It still has the old wooden shutters and a big archway painted yellow. It is very picturesque.
By this point Chelsea was flagging so we headed back for a sit down, calling for a refreshing lemon ice tea on the way.
By late afternoon we were ready to head back out and we decided to walk the circumference of the fort, ending at sunset on the west side. We walked back to the main entrance and set off along the walls. Some parts were a little narrow and we were not sure if we were meant to be on them. At one point you have to get down and walk along the road to rejoin it.
At the South of the fort it a lighthouse which looks beautiful and exotic surrounded by palm trees and all along the south and the west there are bastions where you can climb and look out to sea.
The Indian ocean is really rough but when you look down at the narrow beaches surrounding the walls you can see that the ocean is crystal clear. We loved strolling the walls with the sun setting and bought an ice cream which we had to eat at record speed as it was melting and the wind was blowing it all over us.
The view of the walls and the sea is stunning and all along are benches to sit.
Once we reached the west side we sat on the wall and watched the sun set but it was a bit too cloudy so it wasn't one of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever seen but it was peaceful and romantic and a great way to end the day. We managed the walk back into town before torrential rain came down and we ate at a cafe a few doors on from our guesthouse.
Today we woke up to more rain but decided to risk it and ran to the nearest cafe for brunch. We have not really done anything other than have a stroll around the lovely streets and eat and drink in cafes. We are very excited to move on to the beach tomorrow.... Everyone cross your fingers for nice weather please.