Thursday, July 28, 2016

Galle/Koggala - Sri Lanka


Four days in Sri Lanka, (Negambo, Kandy & Nurwara Eliya), before journeying to Galle/Koggala the next day, we started our morning with an impressive freshly prepared traditional Sri Lankan breakfast at Katagarama. In fact, I would say it was one of the best among the rest of the breakfast so far despite waiting for at least half an hour. Worth the wait because the steamed rice cakes eaten with the fish curry and spicy blistering coconut chutney were superbly delicious. Truly my kind of food on which the tour buddies agreed, though one of them earlier sulked loudly about the slow service. Whatever, by the time we polished off every bit of the meal, temper and tantrum had fizzled off. 



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.






Upon arrival at Galle Fort, we had a good glimpse of the fort itself, then we strolled along the narrow streets and later we paid US5.00 to visit within the fort Maritime Archaeology Museum to kill an hour we had in hand. Reopened as the country’s first National Maritime Archaeology Museum (War Remnants Museum Vietnam,Western Australian Museum PerthCambodian Cultural Village & Edvard Greg Museum Bergen) on March 2010 and after suffering from the December 2014 Tsunami, it's original Dutch warehouse building was fully renovated under a special grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The new museum now has dual access - the upper level entry linked with the present main gate, while the lower level access has reinstated the position of building as a prominent gateway. 

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 OlsoKon-Tiki Museum OsloBergen City Museum & Goreme Open-Air Museum Turkey). 
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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. 


This tea break meal was ranked only so-so because honestly, I think our Malaysian appams taste a whole lot better. Regardless, a break we needed to rest our legs. Next was the drive to Kurundu Villa Koggala for a night’s stay, inclusive of dinner and buffet breakfast the next morning. The villa packed with  mostly foreign tourists, when I checked into my room, it was rather a mess – thick layer of sand all over the bathroom and the sink clogged up badly. Effort to request for a change of room couldn’t be accommodated as the hotel was fully booked, I suppose I had no other choice. Having said that, the villa by itself facing the beautiful beach was akin a hidden gem (Gemia Island, Lake Como Milan, Lake Lugano Switzerland, Shangri La PenangPattaya Beach, Promthep Cape Phuket & Krabi Beach) - awesomeness, lazing at the bench by the seashore to let your mind wonder for the longest time by practically doing nothing.   
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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18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place with delicious food!

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  2. Now this is what I call enjoyment great food at environment.

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  3. all the pics are superb especially the food pics...

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  4. yet another great review:) your passion for food and travelling can easily be seen in the pics and in your writing:)

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  5. Wah...you so relaxed there. Love all the photos especially the one by the seaside.gorgeous.

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  6. Lovely photos! The sound of the steamed rice cakes with fish curry and coconut chutney made my mouth water!

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  7. First shot is so cool
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  8. All the pictures are amazing Nava and you look so gorgeous!! <3

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  9. Steamed rice cakes is something i m hearing for the first time.. food looks delicious..Sri Lanka is really an amazing destination for travel

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  10. Nobody can beat you when it comes to detailing

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  11. Nobody can beat you when it comes to detailing

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  12. I've yet to visit Sri Lanka. Love your holiday shots, Nava! Have a happy week, my dear! xoxo

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  13. Beautiful place, great write up and love ur pics... :)

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  14. Such a beautiful place .... Love the photos

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  15. Egg appam and coconut sambol are my favourite Sri Lankan dish

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