Sri Lanka - Galle

Trip Start May 30, 2013
1
82
152
Trip End Dec 10, 2014


Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of Sri Lanka  ,
Thursday, January 23, 2014

At 9.00 we left our hotel and went to the bus station of Tangalle. As we were getting out of the tuk-tuk, a bus going in direction to Galle passed by. It was just departing but we still managed to stop it. It took us approx. 2 hours to get from Tangalle to Galle.

After our arrival in Galle our first steps led to the train station where we bought our tickets from Galle to Colombo. Then we left our bags in a cloak room and went to have lunch. We traditionally chose a local place with a satisfying amount of people, in this case mainly locals, which guarantees a solid rotation of food. Once the food is given out regularly you have a lower to chance to get something spoilt and subsequently get sick. We believe this is one of the basic survival rules in countries such as Sri Lanka or India.

Regarding the city of Galle it used to be the main seaport of the island before Colombo port was developed. Its main attraction is the Fort built by the Portuguese in 1619.The fortress was subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and British. Finally a few years ago it was declared a World Heritage Site. Today the fort shows no signs of the original Portuguese Fortress. Most of the buildings inside of the Fort are of the Dutch period. The oldest building in the Fort, built around 1656, is the National Museum. The Dutch Reform Church, built in 1752, can be found in excellent state of preservation.

We had roughly 2,5 hours for visiting of the Fort of Galle. While talking about the Fort local people sometimes refer to the Old Tow. We climbed the fortress and walked around. Despite the warm weather there were plenty of tourists. Once we reached a lighthouse we walked down the fortress and continued to the Maritime Archeology Museum. We were literally dead. Neither of us wanted to keep walking. After we kept moving from one place to another for almost one month without having a proper rest we finally got tired. We were exhausted and hot.

Nonetheless, we didnīt want to miss the Fort of Galle only because of the significant absence of energy. Hence, we decided to hire a tuk-tuk for 45 minutes and instructed him to take us around and show us the most important sites inside of the Fort. Thus, we managed to see the Dutch Reform Church and one more church of which name I donīt remember. We could also enter a museum that contained a large private collection of one single man. They tried to sell us some precious stones in many places, including this one.

There was nothing more to see inside of the Fort so the tuk-tuk driver suggested that we could go to the New Town. We agreed. He took us to a couple of markets (green market, spice market). Before he dropped us off in front of the railway station he let us have a look at a very colorful Hindu temple.

Our train departed at 3.30 from Galle. There was no first class available so we travelled in the second class again. This time we didnīt have a seat reservation so we had to develop a strategy in order to ensure two seats next to each other. In the end it was not necessary because the train was half-empty. It was quite a pity that we didnīt manage to get to know the first class in Sri Lanka. Hopefully we will be luckier in India :)

We arrived in Colombo at about 18.30 and found a hotel close to the Indian Visa Application Center. Since we were quite fed up with local food we decided to have dinner in Pizza Hut. On the way there we asked a tuk-tuk driver to stop because we needed to withdraw money. Gonzalo ran to the closest ATM and came back with the respective amount of money.

We ordered one large Chicken BBQ Pizza and were extremely excited about having normal western food after almost two weeks. However, what the waiter brought in a few minutes upset both of us. The size of pizza was just ridiculous. We were explained that this was a large pizza in Sri Lanka. In Chile or USA this would be regarded as a small pizza. Since the pizza was quite expensive we planned to have it for dinner and the next day for lunch. We couldnīt do anything about the existing situation and started to eat the pizza. We finished and were still hungry. Sri Lankan people are very small but we didnīt have a clue that the size of people may have an impact on the size of pizza, especially in such a well-known international chain like Pizza Hut. Next time we will be smarter.

Just when we were about to leave Gonzalo noticed that his credit card "MasterCard Black" was missing. He must have left it in the ATM but neither of us was sure about it. We told a tuk-tuk driver to take us to that ATM. It was quite interesting because we didnīt remember the way :) Luckily the driver spoke English and was very patient so after 10 minutes we stood in front of the ATM. The credit card was not there. Gonzalo tried to persuade himself that he had left the credit card inside of the ATM that later swallowed it because there was nobody to take it out. However, he was not sure at all.

We decided to wait and not to block the credit card the same evening because by blocking Gonzaloīs credit card mine would be blocked as well. Of course, MasterCard Black isnīt our only credit card but itīs the best one we have because it enables us to withdraw money without being charged any additional fees.

Weīll try to solve everything before we depart to the airport. We were falling asleep with the sense that the next morning will be very interesting :)
Slideshow Report as Spam

Comments

ludena7306
ludena7306 on

Sri Lanka is finishing?

Add Comment

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: