Galle, Sri Lanka – a travel guide in pictures
I first visited Sri Lanka a few years ago as a surprise birthday gift when we pretty much toured the whole island. Well not quite, as we skipped what is probably the most beautiful corner – the gorgeous colonial fort town of Galle on the south-western coast. And a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t ask me why, but I expect it’s because I didn’t design the itinerary – that’s love for you. Anyhow I finally made it to Galle for a mini Christmas break.
Rather than bore you with words, I am trying something different today, so given my best friend is Instagram (my iphone is the only camera I now use), here’s FooDiva’s pictorial guide to all things dining, drinking and travelling in Galle. Just hover over each image for captions and links to websites.
WEATHER: The best time to visit Galle and the south-western coast of Sri Lanka if you’d like to avoid rain is December to March.
FLY: I flew from Dubai to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital with Emirates – a four-hour direct flight. It’s a two and a half hour drive to Galle on the new motorway. Hotels can organise a private car and driver – expect to pay around US$100 one way.
VISA: Most nationalities require a tourist visa which can be obtained on arrival for US$25 (valid for one month) or apply online in advance here.
SLEEP: I chose to stay at a quirky boutique hotel, The Fort Printers where the food is exceptional, but I also checked out the grand dame, Amangalla (expensive), Galle Fort Hotel (my pick next time for a change of scene) and Deco on 44.
For a taste of Sri Lankan fare closer to home, here are a handful of Dubai restaurant recommendations from a trusted native – Red Box in Al Qusais with a new location in Discovery Gardens opening soon, Chef Lanka in both Karama and Discovery Gardens and Curry Leaf in Bur Dubai. And if you’d rather cook at home, I bought Kumar Pereira’s Kumar Family Cookbook with a mix of traditional Sri Lankan dishes and modern comfort food.
So does a picture tell a thousand words? Words or photos, what do you prefer? Or both? Sri Lanka enthusiasts, any other tips to add? Whenever I travel, I use Instagram to give tips on the go, so if not already, feel free to follow @foodiva