I wanted to go to Sri Lanka since I knew I was coming to India. However, it took me almost two years to finally do it. I traveled there with two friends during July. A flight from Delhi to Colombo took three hours and a half. We only spent a night in Colombo and didn’t see much of the city. Instead, we went to Galle, Dambulla and Sigiriya. It was a very short visit, Sri Lanka definitely deserves at least a couple of weeks to explore it thoroughly.
A travel agency helped us arrange lodging and transportation. During our first day, a taxi drove us to Galle which is 131 km from Colombo. Ideally, this trip would only take two hours and half, however, we stopped at a turtle rescue center along the way, so it took us a little longer to arrive at our final destination.
We arrived in Galle four hours after we left Colombo. Galle is located in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is famous for its colonial architecture – the town was a Portuguese colony during the 16th century, a Dutch colony during the 17th and 18th centuries, and a British colony until the XX century. The Fort is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.
The town has a laid back feeling. It was a pleasure to walk along the narrow streets and stop at the the small art galleries and shops. It would be nice to spend a whole weekend there. Sadly, we didn’t planned to stay overnight, and considering that we had to start the journey back to Colombo, we only spent around four hours in this charming place.