Galle, Sri Lanka
I’ve never seen any town like it.
After I left Mirissa, I decided to work my way back up the coast towards Colombo, stopping at a few cities along the way. The first town I stopped in, for three days, was Galle. There is new city Galle, which is the modern day, ‘typical’ Sri Lankan city, and there is also Galle Fort, where I stayed. Galle Fort, or “Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as:
Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.
Galle from above:
Very old roots from Portuguese and Dutch Colonialism, and it still looks very much the same way today, thanks to on-going preservation. Absolutely adorable town, not to mention the amazing views of the Indian Ocean wrapping around 3/4 of the Fort, beaches, tropical weather with ocean breeze, island flora and fauna… Oh my! By far my favorite Sri Lanka😍 I read that Galle is similar in uniqueness to Cartagena because of the fortifications and the Colonial architecture still present. I may visit Cartagena at the end of my trip.
Anyway, here’s what I saw…
The white building on the right in the photo above is the Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid (mosque). Another reason I liked Galle and Sri Lanka was because of all the different types of people and religions – Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. As I was waiting for my food to come, the speakers on the mosque blasted the afternoon call to prayer (ya, it was LOUD):
As you can see, there is a wall, or ramparts, wrapping around the whole of the fort. My hotel was on the southern point, located next to Flagrock Bastion, which was initially used as a signaling station to warn approaching ships of the rocks in the bay (now, a few local daredevil people jump off of it into the sea below😳). Rampart View Hotel is separated from the ramparts by a street, and it had an amazing view from the roof, and THE BEST BREAKFAST I’VE HAD ON MY TRIP!
The owners were super nice, and the ladies who brought breakfast were so happy that I liked the food. They had two options for the meal – you could chooose Western breakfast or Sri Lankan. The other people staying at the hotel all ordered the Western. On the second day, when I told the owners I wanted the Sri Lankan breakfast again, they looked so happy – it was like they knew that I knew how delicious it was, and they were just happy for me😊😊
In the picture above – on the top right, the noodles are called string hoppers, the thin pancake-looking things are hoppers, coconut curry, with a poached egg inside (soooooooooooooo good), the bottom right bowl is coconut sambol (this is one of the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten), and the rest: watermelon juice, fruit and coffee.
I’ve gotten used to having a mosquito net to use over my bed when I’m asleep at night:
My favorite building on Galle Fort was the Dutch Reformed Church. It’s still used every Sunday for one Protestant church service (how cool would that be to be a Protestant and visit Galle and be able to go to a service here!?). There are a lot of dead people in and outside the church😳.
Just outside Galle Fort main gate:
And my leg wound FINALLY healed! It looks like it will leave quite the scar, but I’m just so grateful it’s better😃 (thank you again Madan and Dr. Rajendra☺️).
This photo is here so that I’m not ending on a disgusting picture of a leg:
Next up: More beautiful SL and INDIA