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The Historic Fort and Town of Galle, Sri Lanka

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Fisherman selling his fish outside the walls of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle, on the south west coast of Sri Lanka, sure is a charming place to visit. The city within the fort is set up by low-rise buildings along cute narrow streets.

 

Arriving from Colombo by bus, we walked from the bus/train station to the fortified part of the city. Passing by a group of fishermen selling today’s catch on the beach, with their fishing boats as a charming backdrop.

 

Fishermen selling their fish outside the walls of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Fishermen selling their fish outside the walls of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Fishermen after fishing, outside the walls of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

(Fishermen near Galle, Sri Lanka)

 

The Portuguese populated Galle in the 1500s, constructing a rampart and bastions to defend the peninsula on the northern landside. After a bloody battle in 1640, the Dutch took control over Galle. The fortified area was largely extended, and as a considerably part is still intact, it is considered one of the best preserved Dutch forts in Asia.

 

The clock tower in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

(The clock tower in Galle Fort)

 

 

Galle seen from the Clock Tower

(View from the clock tower of Galle Fort)

 

Galle Fort and the Clock Tower

Galle Fort viewed from the seaside

 

The atmosphere inside the city walls is nice and calm, with small shops and cafes along the paved streets. The water surround three sides of the old town, with a public beach on one of them, where many locals enjoy the cooling waves of the ocean, smiling and being happy.

 

The shopping and restaurant complex, Dutch hospital in Galle

(The shopping and restaurant complex, Dutch Hospital)

 

TukTuks outside the Dutch hospital in Galle

Street in Galle

Square in Galle

Streets of Galle

Galle

Dutch church in Galle

(Galle Dutch Church)

 

Anglican church in Galle

(Galle Anglican church)

 

Buddhist temple in Galle

(Buddhist Temple, Galle)

 

Vegetables being sold from a car, Galle

{Car selling vegetables)

 

The beach along the east side of Galle Fort

(The beach along the east side of Galle fort)

 

Galle lighthouse is towering 26.5 meters above the southeast corner of the fort, and can be seen from afar. Strolling from here along the rampart is a beautiful walk, especially at sunset. Wandering towards the sun, you end up at the opposite corner, where the sun sets directly in the sea horizon. Popular among locals and visitors alike.

 

Galle Lighthouse

(Galle lighthouse)

 

The Promenade from Galle Lighthouse at Sunset

Popular spot to watch the sunset in Galle

(Popular spot to watch the sunset)

 

Sunset in Galle

Sunset in Galle

Old and New in Galle

(Old and new Galle)

 

Galle street by night

Galle Mosque by night

(Galle Mosque by night)

 

Dutch-hospital-by-night

(Dutch Hospital by night)

 

One thing that continued to surprise me was the seemingly small anonymous cafes and restaurants, turning out to have huge backyards, beyond expectations. We even entered what seemed to be a clothing shop, ending up in a stylish bar.

 

A nice stylish bar hidden in the back of a clothing shop

(A nice and stylish bar hidden in the back of a clothing shop)

 

Tuktuks lined up by the Galle Railway Station

(Tuktuks lined up by Galle railway station)

 

Houses next to the Galle Railway Station

(Houses next to Galle railway station)

 

The Galle Railway station

(Galle Train Station)

 

So even though Galle has more than enough to offer from what is obvious, look a little bit further, and you are in for a real treat!

source: http://www.travelgumbo.com/