Galle fort – a charming city within big walls you should visit
Being one of the bigger towns in Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is just a small part of the whole city, embedded within an old portuguese / dutch fortress dating back to the 16th century. To be honest, the historic centre of the city got our attention. Hence we quickly forgot about the rest as it is just another town after Colombo, Negombo or Kandy.
We stayed two days in the city which is fairly small. You can walk around the fort in roughly 45-60 minutes depending on your pace and i can totally recommend to do so. Enjoy the view from the thick walls onto the rest of the city. You can peek into the small laneways with its historic houses and small shops. Or you can rest your eyes and follow the ever recurring waves crashing against the walls of the fort.
Indulge in food and other goodies
Once you have finished your walk around the village you should hop down the walls and stroll through those little allies to explore the city. Take your time to indulge in the different types of food you can get there, for example some delicious italien ice cream. If you feel more like real food you can easily find some more traditional meals from the neighbor-country India (I can totally recommend those guys. Delicious food and a reasonably price. Plus a view! 🙂 ) or a nice crêpe. (You can get sweet and savory toppings and really good fruit juice here!)
Once you’re strengthened you can go and take a look in all those beautiful little shops, showing beautiful pieces of singhalese craftmanship and tradition. We especially liked Barefoot with all their nice and coloful linen, stone ware and a huge selections of local teas. Theresia and I spent basically all the rupees we still had left on some beautiful scarfs, tee and herbs.
Take a look at some pictures below.
We really fell in love with this beautiful little city. As you can see in the picture above, the singalese like to take a stroll around the fort as well as waiting (desperately) for a sunset. As we travelled during monsoon season we did not get lucky to see one but i could image they are just as nice as the rest.
Have you been to Galle? Tell us how you like it in the comments below.