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Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle March 23rd 2021

Galle - Sri Lanka In 1640, the Portuguese were forced to surrender to the Dutch East India Company. The Dutch built the present fort in 1663. They built a fortified solid granite wall and three bastions, known as "Sun", "Moon" and "Star". After the British took over the country from the Dutch in 1796, they preserved the fort unchanged and used it as the administrative centre of the district. Our tour started overlooking the cricket ground. The ground was built in 1876 as a race course. There was no permanent pavilion until 1892, when a ‘grand stand’ was built. Eventually the racing ceased and the ground was used for cricket matches more than races. The fort was under renovation so our guide could not walk along the full length of the walls so he hopped into ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle February 11th 2020

Sunday 9 February, 2020 cont'd Phoned Mum & Dad at 5.30 pm advising everything ok. Went down to the bar at 7.00 pm. Pat had a shandy and I had a coke. Neither of us was particularly hungry, so just drinks. After a short stroll on the beach, we went back to the room and lights out at 10.00 pm. Monday 10 February, 2020 Today we move from Bentota to Galle. Our train is at 16.07 from Aluthgama. We have arranged a late check out at a small cost (USD 20), just need to book a Tuktuk. A good night's sleep, we stirred at 7.30 am and went down to breakfast at 8.20 am. Small amount of stuff laid out and we ordered omelette's from the kitchen. Went down to look at the sea. The waves ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle March 7th 2019

After a beautiful red sunset last night we had a 2 hour electrical storm with heavy rain overnight, the first for the tour. Fortunately our riding finished yesterday as traffic conditions are now too chaotic. Mirissa was a lovely beach break to wander around despite the overcast but humid conditions. Like all the coastal towns in the south Mirissa is now undergoing rapid tourist development but some traditional beach shacks remain . Mid afternoon we had a short drive to Galle exploring the impressive World Heritage listed Dutch colonial town ending with a group dinner & return to Mirissa. The towns Dutch fort still has extensive walls and ramparts and many old buildings that survived the 2004 tsunami. We walked around the ramparts & fort late in the afternoon to avoid the baking midday sun and ... read more
Mirissa Sunset
Dutch East India Co Warehouse
Galle ramparts

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle August 26th 2018

Breakfast at the Spice House is a typical fruit selection with a choice of eggs, omelette etc. However there was an added surprise on the pastry plate - one was definitely a doughnut, the other we assumed was similar with a cinnamon coating. Taking a large bite proved that it was in fact a spicy curry vegetable roll, very nice but not convinced it goes well after donought and jam on toast! Tuctuc to Galle was about 32km, longest journey by this type of transport we had attempted. Apart from the kamikaze bus drivers it was relatively trouble free and we followed the coast road all the way. As it was a full moon day it was another national holiday (they get 60 per year in Sri Lanka!) so the 'fishermen on stilts' were more interested ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle August 18th 2018

R: We headed off the next morning for our next stop - Yala National Park. The day started with a 4 hour drive through the hill country. It was still pouring down in the hill country so we had a quick drive around Nuwara Eliya, including the red brick post office, the somewhat dilapidated looking race course (built by a previous British governor of Sri Lanka), and a large old British style hotel which seemed to be hosting at the time a "largest strawberry tart" contest - the one outside reception probably measured about 6 metres in diameter. There were also ponies walking all over the street - apparently they give pony rides in good weather, but are allowed to roam the streets the rest of the time. The roads are occasionally peppered with red GR ... read more
Wild Elephant Visitor
Pool by night
Galle Lighthouse

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle September 17th 2017

Awoke to torrential rain. The plan for today was to take a van to a beach east of Marissa that McVet had found and had pretty good reviews. Alas the rain and wind suggested it was not an ideal beach day so over breakfast we decided to repurpose the van and go to Galle. By way of background Galle is an historic trading city. The Portuguese oringanially built a small fort here in the 1500's which was then taken by the Dutch in the 1600's. The Dutch build the large fort,that still stands, and the city was the main port for Sri Lanka until the late 19th century. This fort area is now a attraction filled with various small stores, bars and cafes. Galle was very badly hit by the 2004 Tsunami with the bus station ... read more
Galle cricket ground.
Future great cricketers!
Marie and Donna still on the walls of the fort.

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle September 16th 2017

Day 13: Saturday 16 September - Koggala - Galle – Ahungalia - Bentota This morning we drove to Galle to explore the city including the lighthouse and the Old Town. We also visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort, the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. Within the ramparts and stonewalls of Galle Fort outstanding buildings remain. From the ramparts, we could see a river inlet which was where the major tsunami destruction occurred as the area was rather low. The water flowed on the cricket ground which was next to the river. Thousands were killed in the city alone. The cricket ground is known as the Galle International Stadium, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. As the ground, which was severely damaged by ... read more
Scene from Dutch Fort Ramparts in Galle (1)
Buses in Galle (1)
Cliff Jumping near Galle Fort (1)

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle August 15th 2017

Na een vlotte busrit werden we in Goyambokka afgezet aan de rand van de grote baan, waarna we verder wandelden tot aan onze guest house. Zoveel luxe hadden we onszelf deze vakantie nog niet toegekend: een in onze ogen gigantische kamer met airco én een zwembad voor de deur. Heerlijk! We amuseerden ons in het zwembad, wandelden in twee minuten naar het rustige strand vlakbij en verorberden seafood in een van de beach bars. Om 20u steeg de spanning, want vanaf dat uur kan je contact opnemen met Turtle Watch Rekawa om te horen of er die avond een schildpad aan land is gegaan om eieren te leggen. De eerste avond werd ons geduld op de proef gesteld, want pas om 21u40 konden we vertrekken. Snel een tuktuk ‘bestellen’ en Yves en de kinderen in allerijl ... read more
Ontwaken in de boomhut
Goyambokka Beach
Gieren van plezier

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle August 12th 2017

We learned there was a turtle refuge centre so we decided that would be the last thing to do on my amazing holiday. We walked and thanks to Daddy's GPS we got lost but in the end we found it. It was a small area not very modern and the tanks were made of concrete but at least we could see over the top because they were not in glass cubes so you could reach into the water and touch them. There was a place where the turtles' eggs were buried. There were four types of turtles. A massive one was very friendly and I liked to push it to the other sideof the "pool". When we left I thought it was a bit sad to think that this would be the last thing we would ... read more
Got to pick them up

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle May 31st 2017

My Sri Lankan holiday adventurewas coming to an end.. Sad face. I paid an extra £25 for an excursion whale watching at the coastal town of Mirissa. This is meant to be one of the best places in the world to see Blue Whales which I was super excited about! Not only did I see a couple of Blue Whales, we also spotted plenty of dolphins and sperm whales. I think Unique Travel should incorporate this into the overall trip instead of making it optional. It was fairly cheap but added so much to the whole holiday being able to see such magnificent creatures up close! I got to see more rare sea life up close when we visited the turtle hatchery which houses and raises baby turtles ready for release into the wild. I enjoyed ... read more




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