South to Galle

Photo courtesy: Krankman – Wikimedia Commons

I took a bus from Hikkaduwa to Galle. It was only a half hour trip along a coconut fringed coastline to the quiet southern town.

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Fort gate. Photo courtesy: Saqib Qayyum – Wikimedia Commons

On the point, the Dutch fort dating from the 1600s was like a town within a town. I’d visited other forts that were a shell of what they’d once been but Galle Fort contained houses people still lived in, a Dutch church, a mosque and places for tourists to stay. As well as being able to skirt the perimeter, there were roads that crisscrossed the enclosure and trees that brought welcomed shade.

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Old residential houses within the fort. Photo courtesy: Rudolph.A.furtado – Wikimedia Commons

I spent the day meandering over this relaxing location before bussing back to Hikkaduwa.