The Old Fort

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Another hectic, over crowded bus trip along the coast and this time I am off to yet another world Heritage site.- The Old Fort of Galle. Find a guest house just next to the light house. Everything is a bit more expensive here but the fort and walls are still in good condition. People live and work in the Old town. The old courts and barracks are still being used. It is a mass of small narrow lanes lined with houses and shops and restaurants. There is a mix of Dutch and Portuguese architecture. Very quaint place and one can walk all around the ramparts of the fort. There are great views over the Galle Cricket stadium an I can imagine it must be quite fun when there is cricket on with everyone sitting on the walls of the fort. There isn't too much to in Galle so the next day I ride the bus to Unawatuna which is about 10 minutes away. Another touristy beach resort but it is a lot cheaper and the beaches are good and the water clean and warm. It has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.I think I will check out of Galle and spend a few days here.

I have done nothing but eat all day. Omelette and chips for breakfast washed down with an ice coffee. A milkshake later followed by a huge pizza for lunch. Later when I got back to Galle the day was completed with a huge Chicken and Mango salad. Back in the B&B a double portion of Curd and treacle. Fat as a tick.

I arrived in Unawatuna on 27th. I have been really lucky with most of the places that I have stayed as they have been clean, cheap and generally the owners have been great people. This is no different and the food is great home cooking. For the next 3 days life doesn't change much. Early morning swim, breakfast, read, swim, Lunch, read, swim, shower, dinner. Repeat. I am not sure why it was voted in the top 10. It is pretty but, the water is warm and crystal clear. I think a lot of damage was done during the Tsunami in 2004 and a lot of the beach has been washed away. 

My time is running out in Sri Lanka and would really like to do some diving so I will head up the west coast where I hear there are a few good spots.

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Lu on

Thanks Angus, I've had an enjoyable afternoon travelling vicariously through your blogs and amazing photos! Now it's back to the grindstone, holiday over and 24 little tots on Monday! A combination of your photos along with some of the historic fact and excerpts from your blogs would make a fascinating coffee book ... for my coffee table, not my book shelf! Need an editor?

Simon Storey on


Melissa on

I love reading all about your adventures.. Miss you lots and think about you often.. I do agree with Lu, this blog could make a really cool Book.. Lots of love. Will be sure to have a ponchos for you when i'm next in Clarens. xx

anngreen on

so enjoyed following your travels- what a lifetime opportunity, I am sure you have never felt better...... well done, thru all the difficulties, to have embarked on this journey........ i am in total awe.
keep safe journeying...... life is a journey, not a destination x x

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