Inside the fort area, where everything is neat and organized, exuding a more touristic vibe, while outside is a constant buzz of public vehicles plowing the main road and the people going about their daily lives, a more authentic Sri Lanka atmosphere for sure.
After a few times of leisurely walking inside the fort area, I know that to fully experience Galle, I must leave the confines of the wall and discover what is outside.
Exiting from the Main Gate, I headed first towards Galle Fort Railway Station, with the purpose of checking in the train times that will depart for Colombo. From there, the rest is just aimlessly wandering around the streets, walking from the Bus Terminal all the way to the busy Main Street for a visit to the Dutch Market (Galle Market) or also knows as the Fruits Market.
The Dutch Market is a good place to buy seasonal fruits and sample the traditional Sri Lanka curd (dahi ) stored in a ceramic bowl. A curd is traditional fermented milk product, similar to a homemade yogurt, originating and a staple of Indian subcontinent cuisine.
Apart from the curd and the fruits at the Dutch Market, if you are considering buying some souvenir prior flying home, going outside the fort area is the best thing to do. The tuktuk drivers and the guesthouse owners that I’ve talked to put it this way, everything is 3x higher inside the wall.
Perhaps regardless if they reside inside or outside the Fort area, one thing I noticed though, by afternoon, a few hours before the sunset, everyone heads to the wall, occupying their favorite spot in the ramparts, relaxing with the cool sea breeze. I enjoyed watching a particular group of students, singing, dancing and just having a genuine good time, with none of them glued to their phones.
I will say that sunset viewing is Galle’s residence favorite past time and I cannot fault them about this, because indeed the sunset at the seaside town of Galle is one of the best thing you will see in this world.