Fort Galle is a delight. A World Heritage Site, it sits on a promontory with its back to the prosperous trading city of Galle and its face to the entire exotic South Seas. Wandering the alleys and narrow streets is like going back in time through the history of Sri Lanka.
Streets of beautiful but aging buildings from the Dutch era
And new ones reminiscent of the same elegant style
Galle Fort is surrounded by the sea that you only see by walking the high ramparts
So there are frequent reminders of the Fort’s maritime significance
And the colonial contribution of churches and mosques
with the stories told by inlaid gravestones
A few reminders of the Art Deco age
And doors of a most colorful culture
I think they are somehow related to the wooden animals oddly placed around the town
Every door seems to have a story!
On some, there is an additional unique feature of a small gate and patio separating door and street
Of course there are beautiful elements of Sri Lankan culture
And the homage to the symbol of Sri Lankan
Images and cultural symbolism mix
Some messages are less cryptic than others
Fort Galle throngs with tourists and there is a lot for them to buy, some really lovely shops
And some pretty tacky
Saturday in Galle Fort seemed to be wedding photo day
We’re happy at our little hotel – Mrs Warnake’s Guest House Beach Haven
Days are hot and sticky, nights are sultry and mysterious
I spent my birthday strolling one last time and celebrating with Annie as the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
Galle Fort has something for everyone.
Over the centuries, some things are in a state of decay
And some old things are well-preserved.