Polhena Reef Garden
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... on him. For the rest of the trip he doesn't make any more advances and instead shows Juliet texts and pictures on his phone instead.
As we past Dickwella a middle aged man holding his phone sits next to us and starts asking the usual 'where you going?' And 'where you from?' questions. Here we go again we think, gems? Hotel?. But no, this is just a genuine guy wanting to chat. We talk for ages about the UK and Sri Lanka and our similarities ...
... was no warnings and the water just swept in up to 2nd story height, washed in for over kilometer and then just receded leaving total destruction. It all took about 15 minutes.
Tangalle has some great palm tree lined beaches, warm water and as it is near the end of the main holiday season it is relatively quiet and very few people about. Suits me.So it's lazy days. Wake up, swim, breakfast, lay in the hammock, swim, lunch, hammock, dinner, bed. ...
... the ticket office is about 1km back up the road. Hmm. A walk along a road under canopied trees isn’t that bad. At first we confuse the busy local court house for the ticket office, but are soon corrected. Rs644 ($5) lighter in each our pockets, and without a guide that wanted to charge us Rs3000 ($25) each, we walk back to the entrance of the rainforest with a spring in our step in the anticipation of what we were about to see.
Now we are in Galle.
There is an old town here inside the walls of a fort built by the Dutch. It has a European/Islamic/British feel and is a beautiful place. The architecture varied and interesting.
Its nice just wandering around but really hot so all the tourists have a slightly wilted appearance.
Met up with our Danish friends yet again so ...
... finally left Tangalla, it was with the thought to stop off in Mirissa to check it out before getting back on another bus and continuing to Galle. But no discussion was needed after we’d stepped into a second floor room steps from the beach and with an ocean breeze and view: we moved in.
The scene here is much busier—people walk back and forth on the crescent of beach with its surfing waves at the west end and fishing poles behind the rocks on the east end. ...