Discovering Galle

Trip Start Oct 07, 2013
Trip End Dec 18, 2013

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Firstly, apologies campers for the lack of posts, it seems we've been too busy swinging from our treehouse (and taking an unnecessary amount of photos of it). Yesterday we did however manage to visit the old colonial Galle fort area which was built by originally by the dutch in the 17th Century and then improved by the British. It seems the only place in Sri Lanka where one can avoid the chaos and exhaust fumes so it was quite nice to spend half a day there. 
Once the monsoon eased off we walked around the fort on the ramparts and browsed in some nice boutique shops, though each one seemed to be offering identical goods for sale.  In Sri Lanka if you show a single morsel of interest in anyones shop front you are hassled and beckoned into the shop to look at more of their goods. This soon got a bit to much for both of us and so we switched to hunt for a restaurant instead. Nice selection but very overpriced. We settled for a nice Italian pizzeria (pictures included for Lesley) which was soon washed down with a few beers. That evening we ended up in Unawatuna, a long stretch of beach just west of Galle where it seems most tourists stay. It was very strange to see so many restaurants and bars lining the beach in Sri Lanka, and it felt more like we were on some European party beach! Nevertheless, I ordered a Pina Colada (when in Sri Lanka) and Lucinda got a glass of Sri Lanka's finest Chardonnay. 

Today, we woke up early to try our luck with turtles for the second time. Rather than risk another late night waiting with a group of dubious ex poachers praying for a turtle to roll up, we headed to a turtle sanctuary instead where you can see injured turtles that are being cared for before they are released again. Great to finally see some in the flesh, even if some were sadly missing flippers etc. They also protect the eggs until they are ready to hatch and we were lucky to see some baby turtles before they were released into the sea. After that we took a lift to a beach recommended by the locals were we spent most of the day lounging about, which seemed to be pretty popular with the Brits as well…. Last night amongst the trees tonight,  train to Kalutara tomorrow!
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