Tummy filled to the maximum, as we embarked on the three hours drive, we stopped by at the beaches and a souvenir/wood craft store, viewed the streets, tucked into lunch and by late afternoon, we were at Galle Fort UNESCO World Heritage site (Chen Hoon Teng Temple Malacca, Angkor Wat Cambodia & Halong Bay) in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Galle Fort was once the chief port of Ceylon, (St Paul's Church Malacca & Akershus Fortress Olso), originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. Reaching the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, Galle Fort is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian. Galle Fort also withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of the coastal area of Galle town.
Apart from showcasing exhibits of marine artefacts found in underwater explorations, there are maps, naval craft, ropes, earthenware, beer mugs, smoking pipes, barrels, vast amount of articles including artillery guns and sailor shoes. These artefacts, some of which nearly are 800 years old were recovered from ship wrecks from the sea off the Southern coast (Maritime Shipwreck Galleries Fremantle, Viking Ship Museum Olso, Kon-Tiki Museum Oslo, Bergen City Museum & Goreme Open-Air Museum Turkey).
Absolutely, we enjoyed the knowledgeable and interesting walk throughout in the museum.Thereafter we agreed for a short break at the small unassuming eatery over some Sri Lankan Egg Appam paired with fish curry and their crazily spicy coconut sambal.
On another note, I didn't enjoy the mad rush and push for the buffet dinner and squeezing in the between the jam packed dining area. Nope, not my kind of scene. So, I quickly ate so little, excused myself and literally forced myself to sleep early.
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