GALLE, SRI LANKA
Galle is located in the south western tip of Sri Lanka, and is the capital of the Southern province.
Its location was of major strategical importance for the trade of spices from Sri Lanka to their colonnial owners. First came the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the British. Ceylon obtained its independence in 1948 from the British, and then changed its name to Sri Lanka.
A legacy of those bygone days, is Galle Fort. A fine remembrance of the Dutch era in the 17th century, and certainly the largest well kept fortress in Asia built by Europeans. It has the honour of being a World Heritage site.
Originally it was the Portuguese that first built the fort, but it was in the Dutch era that significant ramifications were made, and became a true fortress.
As you travel around Sri Lanka, you will also see many images of fishermen on poles. It is from this region that this image is depicted. Whilst this was a traditional method of fishing, be warned of the photographic tourist trap of “posing” fishermen on poles, looking to earn tips from gullible tourists.
If there is one thing you should not miss it is the boutique shops and small restaurants to be found in the courtyard area of Galle Fort. Truly picturesque and in colonnial style, you will find many mouth-watering places to whet your appetite,
Sampath is the athletic type. Currently responsible for bicycle tours and boating excursions, he keeps himself in good shape. Sampath also enjoys bird watching. With his pleasant manner, and his professionalism in whatever he does, you can trust Sampath to show you around Galle. He looks forward to showing you fabulous places to eat and visit. And if you want to tour Galle by bicycle, even better!
Sampath is 36 years old, does not smoke and speaks fluent Sinhala and English.
Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Sampath = deposit of US45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 6000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. US40) in cash to Sampath after his services. Total approx. US85.
Total cost for a half day (4 hours) with Sampath = deposit of US25 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 3000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. US20) in cash to Sampath after his services. Total approx. US45.
This does not include transport costs, entrance fees or any food&beverage costs.