Galle Fort is the crown of Galle town. It reminded me of Fort Aguada in Goa, India. Both were built by Portuguese and hence have similar structure. Both are built near sea-shore and both have beautiful views of sea waves when you lean against their walls. In short both are a good spot for spending couple of hours.
Galle Fort is located very near to Galle bus stand and railway station so it might be a good idea to visit it couple of hours before your departure time from city. You can put your luggage at railway station at a nominal fees. From there you can simply walk to the fort along side Galle Cricket Stadium. The same cricket stadium which I had seen on TV many times was in front of my eyes from Galle Fort. There are couple of benches at the fort from where one can enjoy the match if it’s going on .
Galle Cricket Stadium
Free Seat to Watch Cricket Match
There are lots of touts in and around this fort so you need to be careful with strangers you meet at this fort. I had a first hand experience when I visited. I had read about it on Wikitravel but had forgotten about the warning for some time. To start the conversation the person asked me the time. Then the conversation started and when I asked him about the way to fort he accompanied me till the fort. Till that point everything was fine and nothing suspicious. After reaching the fort I expected the person to leave but instead he continued further and started explaining about the fort. Sensing something fishy I asked the person to carry on from there and I told him I would like to stay at a particular point for some time. To my surprise he said he is not going to office that day. Now I was sure that there is something wrong going on, so I asked him again politely to leave and then he proved my doubts were correct. He started demanding for money and I told him I didn’t ask you for any guide service. Remember there is no entry fees for the fort and any one asking for money to enter or guide is a tout.
As you walk further along the walls of fort, you get some very good views of the sea hitting the fort.
The greenery inside the fort, rocks inside the sea and people around make it a good place for a walk. There is also a restaurant inside the fort and at the same time there are some small tea shops on the road near by which you can see from a distance. Choice is entirely yours.
Rocks In Sea
View of Sea from Fort
Sea Waves Hitting the Walls
Time to Say Goodbye
It was a beautiful evening but it was time to leave Galle. In fact it was time to leave Sri Lanka in couple of hours. With each travel experience you learn something and its the experiences that prepare you further for the next one. Sri Lanka was full of good experiences along with few grey ones. I hope Lanka will call me again. The Kingdom Of Ravana is worth visiting.