Perched on the coast close to the island’s southernmost point, the venerable port of GALLE (pronounced “Gaul”) has grown from ancient origins into Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city. At the heart of the modern city — but strangely detached from it lies the old Dutch quarter, known as the Fort, Sri Lanka’s best-preserved colonial townscape, enclosed within a chain of huge bastions which now guard the area against modernization as effectively as they once protected Dutch trading interests from marauding adventurers. The Fort is Sri Lanka at its most magically time-warped, its2 low-rise streets lined with Dutch-period villas, many of which retain their original street-facing verandas and red-tiled roofs and dotted with a string of imposing churches and other colonial landmarks. There’s not actually much to see (a few unusual museums excepted): the main pleasure here is just ambling around the atmospheric old streets and walls, savoring the easy pace of life.
Pick from Colombo @ 7.30 am
Turtle Huachary (Aprx 30 Min visit)
Moonstone mining at Amblantota
Madu River Boat safari at Balapitiya ( Aprx 1 ½ hrs. Safari)
Drive to Galle
Visit Galle Fort
Drive back to Colombo
Expected return time 7.00pm
Drive for Kosgoda (3 hrs drive)
The largest surviving tract of undisturbed lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is one of the island’s outstanding natural wonders and a biodiversity treasure box of global significance (recognized by its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989). This […]
Sri Lanka’s dynamic capital, COLOMBO, seems totally out of proportion with the rest of the country, stretching for 50km along the island’s western seaboard in a long and formless urban struggle which is now home to around three million people. […]
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