Day 12 of Sri Lanka Trip, Galle on July 22, 2017

Twelfth day of our tour of Sri Lanka as we continued our journey on the Southern shore of Sri Lanka.

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa Beach
Mirissa BeachMirissa Beach
Mirissa Beach


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We spent the previous night in the coastal town of Mirissa, and had our dinner in the I&I Roti Shop. It was so nice that we decided we would have our breakfast there too.
After breakfast, we had the option to go whale watching, that’s what the town of Mirissa is famous for. But since it’s not whale watching season, we decided to enjoy its beach with some beach volleyball instead (we had barely used that volleyball since we bought it in Trincomalee).
Unfortunately, unlike Trincomalee, the beach of Mirissa is shallow and slanted towards the sea, which made volleyballing sort of difficult. But with cow manure of Trincomalee replaced with pleasant foot traffic of Mirissa, we had great fun that morning.

After checking out of the hotel in the noon, we made our way West towards the town of Unawatuna, which is essentially the closest town to Galle that’s got a beach.

Fishing Boats in Weligama Bay


Fishing Boats in Weligama Bay


Stilt Fishermen's Poles


Stilt Fishermen’s Poles
Well, this tiny bay is next to a petrol station (that’s why we stopped in the first place), where there’re few tourists around, and so I guess the stilt fishermen were out of job.


Indian Ocean


Indian Ocean


Lunch


Lunch

Once in Unawatuna, we had more beach activities. But with blistering sunshine, volleyball on the spacious beach of Unawatuna no longer was a viable option. So I tried to go for a swim in the sea, which was cool by and large, except occasionally I was thrown out of shape by some huge incoming waves.

So fast forward to that afternoon, as I figured the best time to visit the historic city of Galle was near dusk, with pleasant sea winds and spectacular sunset.

Moon and Star Bastion


We began our tour of Galle Fort at Moon Bastion which was on its Northern wall, where Galle Fort Clock Tower was located and local younglings were playing.

More information about the bastions of Galle Fort can be found at www.galleheritage.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17&Itemid=11&lang=en.

Statues of Soldiers underneath Galle Fort Clock Tower


Statues of Soldiers underneath Galle Fort Clock Tower


Galle Fort Clock Tower

Galle Fort Clock Tower
Galle Fort Clock Tower


Moon Bastion overlooking Samanala Ground


Moon Bastion overlooking Samanala Ground
Further away in this photo is Galle International Cricket Stadium. On our way here, our driver proudly pointed us a sign in the stadium stating an upcoming match between Sri Lanka and India, two nations fond of cricket.


Younglings Playing on Moon Bastion

Younglings Playing on Moon Bastion
Younglings Playing on Moon Bastion


Ditch


Ditch
On Star Bastion separating the Fort from the sea.


Galle Fort overlooking Indian Ocean


Galle Fort overlooking Indian Ocean
The Dutch didn’t build the fort right into sea (which could be technically challenging I guess), so there’s this piece of beach that’s large enough for trees to grow.


Moon Bastion and Clock Tower


Moon Bastion and Clock Tower


People on Star Bastion


People on Star Bastion


Sun over Indian Ocean


Sun over Indian Ocean


Sun Bastion and Distant Galle Harbor


Sun Bastion and Distant Galle Harbor


Houses of Galle


Houses of Galle


Two Ladies Watching Sunset


Two Ladies Watching Sunset

After that, we went down the rampart onto the main street of Galle Fort.

Roadsign


Roadsign

St Joseph’s Chapel

We wandered into this small church just like any other church sprinkled around the town of Galle. Fee people were around, we took a few photos and left before our presence would disturb its tranquility.

Square


Square


Corridor


Corridor
Lined with plants.


Historic Queen's Building


Historic Queen’s Building
Where colonial colors of the building was contrasted with modern vogue storefronts.


Designer Window


Designer Window


Chic Houses


Chic Houses
I’m not sure why they have these vents as low as towards the ground, but the bright white paint on its walls spoke of the affluence (and maybe unique taste) of its owner.


Methodist Church Exterior


Methodist Church Exterior


Alley


Alley


Decorated Doorway


Decorated Doorway


Tree Grown on Eaves


Tree Grown on Eaves


Amangalla Hotel


Amangalla Hotel
The complex first built in 1684 as the headquarters of the Dutch commanders. During British rule the complex was used as the quarters for its soldiers. In 1865 it was converted into the New Orient Hotel.

Dutch Reformed Church

The foundation of Dutch Reformed Church were initially laid in 1682. In 1755, Commandeur of Galle, Casparus de Jong (Lord of Spanbroek), and his wife Geertruyda Adriana Le Grand donated the money for the church to be constructed as a thanksgiving for the birth of their daughter for which he had waited for many years. The child was not baptized until the church was completed. It is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country.

Fortunately, we made it to Dutch Reformed Church at 6pm, just when it’s about to close. Towards the end of our brief visit, some clergies ushered us out and closed its gate afterwards.

Organ


Organ
Original organ built in 1760.


Pulpit


Pulpit
Constructed with wood imported from Malaysia.


Church Interior

Church Interior
Church Interior


Choir


Choir
A small choir pushed to the side of the church.


Church Exterior


Church Exterior


Entrance


Entrance


Maritime Archaeology Museum Building


Maritime Archaeology Museum Building


All Saints' Church


All Saints’ Church


Boutique Hotel


Boutique Hotel

And among historic churches, fashionable shops and restaurants represented the modern part of Galle Fort.

Chic Restaurant


Chic Restaurant


Arcade


Arcade


Arabic College


Arabic College


Mosque


Mosque

With the Buddhist temple that I saw later in the day, the world’s major three religions could all be found in this tiny Fort area, speaking of its culture blend.

After that, we reached the Southern boundary of Galle Fort, where local people were emerging themselves in the sea breeze after a blistering summer day.

Galle Lighthouse


Galle Lighthouse


Meeran Jumma Masjid


Meeran Jumma Masjid
Meeran Jumma Masjid against Fiery Clouds
Meeran Jumma Masjid against Fiery Clouds


Galle Fort South


Galle Fort South


Southern Shore of Galle Fort


Southern Shore of Galle Fort


Rocks in Indian Ocean


Rocks in Indian Ocean

And after that, we watched a spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean, with sparse clouds decorating but not obscuring this magnificent scene.

Sunset over Indian Ocean


Sunset over Indian Ocean
Sunset over Indian Ocean
Sunset over Indian Ocean
Sunset over Indian Ocean
Sunset over Indian Ocean
Sunset over Indian Ocean
Sunset over Indian Ocean


Galle Fort West


Galle Fort West
Galle Fort West


Sunset Glow over Indian Ocean


Sunset Glow over Indian Ocean
Sunset Glow over Indian Ocean


Fiery Clouds


Fiery Clouds


Fiery Clouds over Indian Ocean


Fiery Clouds over Indian Ocean

After that, we made our way North to the parking lot, where our driver would take us back to our hotel in Unawatuna.

Crowds at Local Temple


Crowds at Local Temple
It seemed there was some activity going on, I guess it’s wedding.


Army Camp


Army Camp

On our way back, our driver took us to “Old Dutch Market” just outside Fort area, which was called “Galle Fruit Market” on Google Maps. It’s a historic place that went back all the way to colonial periods, but nowadays it only sold overpriced fruits to tourists.
Apart from that, we found a restaurant on our way back, where we had dinner. And that’s the end of day.

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