From the hill county of Ella, I travelled approximately 7 hours aboard the local bus to the seaside town of Galle, with the intention of spending a few leisurely days admiring the archeological heritage monuments of Galle Fort and to experience its one of a kind sunset.
Located at the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, inside the famous Galle Fort ramparts, you will find ancient mosque (Meera Mosque) , a church (Dutch Reformed Church) and a temple (Sri Sudharmalaya Temple), old restored buildings (Old Dutch Hospital) and guesthouses (I stayed in a newly restored colonial type guesthouse, Fort Sapphire) , trendy cafes and quirky shops.
With a well-planned grid layout and peripherals roads aligned parallel to the ramparts, Galle Fort can be easily explored on foot . The street names are legacy of the colonial times, including the famous Pedlar Street or ” Moorse Kramerstraat’”, where you can find some of the best restaurants inside the fort (Spoon Cafe is my favorite).
The best way to enjoy Galle Fort is to walk along the elevated ramparts and let its two iconic landmarks be your guide.
The Galle Clock Tower , located near the Galle Cricket Stadium, overlooking the central bastion and The Galle Lighthouse, Sri Lanka’s oldest light station, located at the Point Utrecht Bastion, with a full view of the ships entering the harbor.
Galle weather can be humid and hot, a midday walking tour will not be recommended, so time your exploration a few hours before the sunset. Even the locals started to come out during the golden hours, where everyone started to congregate around the Flag Rock Bastion, to enjoy the refreshing breeze and to wait for the sun to bid adieu for the day.