A quick pitstop in Galle

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 30, 2011


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Fort Dew Guesthouse

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In our infinite wisdom we chose to get the 5am train from Kandy which was not the smartest thing to do after a hectic day, it was all worth it though when the sun came up shortly after we left and we were treated to some stunning, misty mountain scenery as the train wound its way down to the coast. It soon became pretty apparent that the train was going to get into Colombo near the morning rush hour as more and more people crammed into the carriages dressed in their work clothes and for the final hour or so there was barely room to move inside the carriages and there were half a dozen people hanging off the side of the train at every single door, things got a bit hairy when we went through tunnels and when we passed trains going in the other direction but it made for some pretty good photos.

The train journey got even better as we left Colombo and the tracks ran right next to the beach for pretty much the entire distance to Galle. The southwest coast of Sri Lanka is beautiful but there are still reminders that this area was decimated when the boxing day tsunami hit a few years back - there are quite a few large derelict buildings which we assumed had been beach front hotels, tons of foundation slabs for houses with no houses on them and hundreds of small gravestones scattered throughout the sliver of land between the rail track and the beach. Quite hard to believe that such a beautiful place was the scene of a such a terrible tragedy.

We were only in Galle for 1 night so decided to stay in the old part of the city known as the Fort. This is apparently the nicest part of Galle by a country mile and I am not surprised, there is still loads of evidence of Galle's dutch colonial past everywhere you turn from the huge Dutch reform church to the really cool villas with their original sea facing verandahs. The fort is also a complete tourist trap as we found out the hard way, food and drink was ridiculously expensive compared to Kandy but thats what happens when you have a captive audience.

After walking pretty much right round the fort on the sea wall in about an hour we headed to a place called Mama's on a recommendation from Janet and John for a well earned beer. We sat and enjoyed the views of the lighthouse and watched the sunset which was nice then headed back to our place for a feed and some much needed sleep.

Galle was a nice place but because we were staying in the fort there was not a lot to do, if we had our time again we would probably stay on the coast at a beach outside Galle and come in on the train for a few hours for a look around.

Next stop Mirissa for Joan's birthday and a spot of blue whale watching with any luck.
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