Colonial Galle in exotic Sri Lanka

Colonial Galle in exotic Sri Lanka

Colonial Galle in exotic Sri Lanka

Colonial Galle in exotic Sri Lanka

 

I slowly walked around the intact ramparts of this magnificent colonial city enjoying the coconut trees swaying in the distance, young boys diving from oversized boulders and sweet views of the Sri Lankan coastline. Further down fishermen are trying their luck below the city walls and waving – it seems like everyone is in a good mood to be outdoors and enjoying being on the water.

 

Fishing along the Galle's city walls

Fishing along the Galle’s city walls

 

Walking along the historic fort and ramparts of Galle takes you back to its Portuguese history when the magnificent fortress was erected. I walk along the many tiers of grassy walls and enjoy the vistas to the coastline and then back to the interior streets and colonial buildings within the walls. No wonder this intact area so well-preserved has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1988.

 

The main lookout tower and fortress of Galle

The main lookout tower and fortress of Galle

 

Exploring the ramparts of the fortress and city walls

 

The old ramparts and scenic views at Galle, Sri Lanka

The old ramparts and scenic views at Galle, Sri Lanka

 

 

Galle fort details and coastline

Galle fort details and coastline

 

 

 Galle fish market

The fishing boats in Galle, Sri Lanka

The fishing boats in Galle, Sri Lanka

 

Just outside the fort walls and along the bay front is the daily fish market. Vendors practically park their boats right on the beach and set up impromptu displays of their fresh catch of the day and barking out their goods to anyone listening. I love this fun and colorful market and way of direct selling without having to slew their goods across town to a typical market.

 

 

Fish market on the beach at Galle

Fish market on the beach at Galle

 

 

Selling fresh from the boats in Galle

Selling fresh from the boats in Galle

 

A buyer comes out of the market below with handfuls of fresh tuna and bundles them up into a tuk tuk for delivery probably to a local restaurant or hotel for tonight’s evening seafood special.

 

Large tuna from the Galle seafood market

Large tuna from the Galle seafood market

 

 

The entry gate to Galle Fort

Entry gate to Galle fort

Entry gate to Galle fort

 

 

Tuk tuks at the Galle gate entry

Tuk tuks at the Galle gate entry

 

The historical and colonial town has so many amazing buildings and varied architecture that make the discovery tour of the old center a fun exploration. Many of the old buildings have been converted into museums, hotels, restaurants and shops to attract craftsmen and other local businesses vying for the tourist trade, but it isn’t tacky or overly done like many destinations around the world that makes their unique attractions very unattractive.  It still feels authentic and lived in throughout many areas of the old city center.

 

 

Colonial buildings and a horse at Galle Fort

Colonial buildings and a horse at Galle Fort

 

 

 

 

A mixture of temples and churches in Galle Fort

A mixture of temples and churches in Galle Fort

 

There are so many beautiful architectural details to capture while touring the historic town of Galle. But I also love to take photographs of people who I bump into and connect with including this boy who was very curious about me taking a photograph of his grandmothers home, isn’t that the sweetest smile?

 

Sweet smiles in the old town of Galle

Sweet smiles in the old town of Galle

 

Towards the point of the city walls is the lighthouse and there are a few jewelry makers in this section of the town getting you to visit their galleries and seeing their craftsmen work on some beautiful pieces of art. It’s fun to visit, but always difficult getting out of these shops without having to buy anything from some of these persistent owners.

 

The tip of Galle fort and the lighthouse

The tip of Galle fort and the lighthouse

 

Luxury accommodation at Jetwing

 

Jetwing Lghthouse swimming pool

Jetwing Lghthouse swimming pool

 

While visiting Galle, I stayed at the luxurious Jetwing Lighthouse property just outside the historic center and along the rugged and more exclusive beach area of Galle. It was a perfect stay and very quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of the busy city center.  Jetwing Lighthouse, exudes a wonderful colonial past but with modern amenities, artistic details and craftsmanship to ever room, including my master suite below with expansive views of the pool areas and stunning coastline.

 

Colonial details at Jetwing Lighthouse

Colonial details at Jetwing Lighthouse

 

 

A generous king size bed, extra-large living area and balcony with gorgeous views of the property and coast make this an exceptional stay in Galle. I slept so well on this comfy bed and spent a lot of time on the balcony enjoying my first cups of Sri Lankan tea every morning and evening.

 

Bedroom suite at Jetwing Lighthouse

Bedroom suite at Jetwing Lighthouse

 An expansive suite at Jetwing

 

Coastal views from Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle

Coastal views from Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle

 

Exploring the beaches and coastline here was a real treat especially with hardly a soul exploring this wonderful beach area. I found a lot of areas filled with a slew of exotic sea shells and I couldn’t stop stooping down to collect so many colorful shells. These were my souvenirs from this stay and I love seeing the shells on my bedroom display at home to remind me of a fun day on the beach in Galle.

 

Beach at Jetwing LIghthouse in Galle

Beach at Jetwing LIghthouse in Galle

 

 

 

Let me just say that sunset in Galle walking along the beach around Jetwing Lighthouse, was a special treat and I really enjoyed the quiet moments and watching a spectacular end of day in Galle. I think I could easily do this routine for a longer timeframe than my original visit.

 

Sunset views from bedroom suite at Jetwing LIghthouse

Sunset views from bedroom suite at Jetwing LIghthouse

 

 

 

I hope that you enjoyed this photo highlight tour of Colonial Galle in exotic Sri Lanka, it’s quite stunning don’t you agree? If you enjoyed viewing this post, can you please help to share it with any of the social media buttons around the post – thanks so much for visiting today!

 

Thank you Jetwing Lighthouse for hosting me on my visit to Galle, all opinions and thoughts are my own and I think this is an exceptional property worth staying in when you visit the historic city.

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6 Responses to Colonial Galle in exotic Sri Lanka

  1. Lisa @chickybus May 6, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    Love your photos, Noel! I’m considering a trip to Sri Lanka. These photos may play a role in my decision. 🙂

  2. budget jan March 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Your second last photo is what I picture in my mind when I think of Sri Lanka. I have an affinity with walled cities and this is one I would love to visit, especially as it is on the ocean.

  3. Barbara Kingstone March 28, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    I agree, Galle is the best kept, picturesque secret .Althoug http://WWW.INDULGEDTRAVELER.COM , is being redesigned, check out my take on Galle and the Jetwing Hotel. I love the photos on your site and also have some that give me great memories of this Sri Lankan city.

  4. Corinne March 28, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    Noel, Gotta love how photogenic Sri Lanka is. I love the colors, the pageantry, the temples. and yes, the colonial buildings. My favorite photo is the horse!

  5. Cindy March 27, 2015 at 3:30 am #

    What a beautiful city! Sri Lanka looks really amazing — it’s a place I know nothing about.

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