Travellers Tree - the old Dutch forte
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
Where I stayed
In the morning we said our goodbyes to our host then jumped in a tuk tuk to the train station. After buying our tickets at 55 rupees each, about 25 p, we sat and waited for our train to Galle. With a few confusions over which platform we needed we finally confirmed the right train and climbed aboard. The journey was as pleasant as we'd imagined, despite the fact it was slow train! We enjoyed the views of the coast and the small villages as we made our way south. The journey became quite amusing when a whole group of school children got on to make their way home. The girls were endearingly shy and not keen to practise their English, the boys on the other hand had plenty to say and were typically cheeky. Arriving in Galle we made our way into the old Dutch fort through the main gate and down the little streets to our hostel. We soon headed out to explore the ramparts before dusk, dodging the usual street hawkers. Walking back through the narrow streets with its old Dutch villas felt much more European than Sri Lankan. Searching for a good Sri Lankan curry we stumbled upon Lucky fort, a restaurant in a family's front courtyard where the mother was the chef while the son and daughter were serving. The food was a delicious selection of traditional Sri Lankan vegetable curries which turned out to be quite hot! The next day in Galle was spent wandering the streets, visiting the churches and museums as well as sampling the many quirky cafés. Topped off by watching the sunset with a beer at the Rampart hotel.