Galle & Beaches

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
Trip End Aug 11, 2010

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The last few days in Sri Lanka I dedicated to the south west coast. It was a tiring over 6 hour bus journey, mostly standing in a crowded aisle. The second half we were driving along the coast, passing some fine beach resorts. I hopped off in Unawatuna, conveniently located near Galle. The contrast to the hill region was obvious straight away – hot and humid, generally more expensive, a lot of short-term vacationers. My inconvenience was crowned by mosquitoes in the evening.
The following day I brushed up my underwater skills and did two dives. In the morning it was a more than 100 years old ship wreck. However, visibility was miserable and we didn’t get to see much. The afternoon dive made up for the morning disappointment. We were observing a rock, presenting a good variety of underwater world. Pretty tired I booked a massage for the evening. It was actually a restricted version of traditional Sri Lankan medicine system called ayurveda. It’s a complex treatment consisting of massages and bathes, using herbs and oils. I picked an hour and half long massage. I ended up covered in oil, drinking extremely spicy tea made of over 20 different herbs, but the massage itself was poor. Thai skilful ladies and Cambodian seeing hands seem to be unbeatable in their approach.
To avoid daily heat I woke up before 6am and rushed to Galle to see its fort, the must of every visit to this part of the country. Predominantly built by Dutch, this complex offers not only typical stronghold structures, but also colonial architecture. It was interesting to walk along the wall. After a short stroll on a local market I returned back to Unawatuna. As the sun was moving towards the horizon I had my dip in the sea.
Unawatuna is a typical beach place and after three nights I was quite happy to leave. Morning intercity train brought me to Colombo, from where I straight away took a bus to Negombo since it’s located closer to the airport. Having arrived at noon, it was too hot to do any sightseeing and to be honest I don’t think I missed much. Sea was also pretty dirty, so after check in at a GH I spent whole afternoon and evening sipping traditional Ceylon tea. As my last meal in Sri Lanka I had kotthu rotti, causing me mild stomach problems at the night.
The following morning I took off back to India…

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