Fort Galle and the whales
Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
31Trip End Jun 07, 2012
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29th April - one of our most exciting days all trip - the chance to spot the infamous blue whale. Having booked ourselves onto a tour the previous day we woke early and were chauffeured (by a tuk tuk) to a fishing harbour about an hour south of Galle. We boarded what probably used to be an old fishing boat and headed for the open ocean. The sea was so unbelievably rough, to the extent that if you stood up there was a high chance of being flung overboard (explains the fetching life jackets we were forced to wear). The oversized and seriously unflattering life jacket was soon to be the least of my problems...sea sickness was creeping up on me. I controlled the nausea long enough to thoroughly enjoy the school of dolphins (50-100), who preceded to show off around the boat, it was truly incredible. Unfortunately it was too rough to get any really good pics. I also had to make a quick dash to the toilet! We travelled for about an hour before we saw what we had all been waiting for - a glimpse of the blue whale
30th - our last full day in Galle was spent exploring lots of boutique and antique shops. There were so many lovely items we desperately wanted to buy, but the shops were pretty expensive, and we are already at our weight limit :( That evening we watched the sun setting over the sea, which was a fantastic end to a great few days.
1st May - we packed up and made our way to the train station, in hope that we would have a relatively easy and stress-free journey to Kandy. We arrived at the station only to find out that our train didn't leave for another 3 hours. So we did what any sensible traveller do in this situation - head to the beach. This is what we did. It was a very stupid idea! We ended up being very hot, sweaty and covered in sand, with a 6 hour train journey still to come. Nevertheless, Unawatuna beach was gorgeous, and we were blessed with glorious weather (after several grey, wet days). After having our fill of sun, sea and sand we made our way back to the station and onwards to Kandy.