SRI LANKAA day at the Galle Fort
THE GALLE FORT
Galle was only a 45 minute tuktuk ride from Dalawella and we decided to spend the day there exploring the Galle fort as well as the newer part of the city. Galle is a beautiful and historical city which reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions.
THE GALLE FORT
We started off our day in galle by visiting the Galle Fort. Surrounded by ocean and beautiful old architecture, we spent about 3 hours walking around this old part of the city. We visited the lighthouse, which is the main attraction and has sttood the test of time since 1848.
In Galle, being the administritive point for Southern Sri Lanka and you will see plenty law offices here.
We also visited a working day care and wandered around the premises. The building was in awful conditionand the gym (photo 2) one of the saddest things we’ve seen in our stay in Sri Lanka. But the reason they let tourists wander around is to collect donations to go towards the renovation of the bulding. So let’s hope they get many helpful souls in there!
After spending a couple of hours by the old part of the town, we then took a tuktuk to the newer part. We walked around, visited a fruit market and tried some local food. Even though there wasn’t much to see in this part, we still liked experiencing a more local vibe of Galle. There are a lot less tourists walking around here and the prices were lower here than in other more touristy places.