Galle Fort - A Gathering Place For Locals and Tourists Alike | Sri Lanka Travel Blog
Along the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka lies a piece of history acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Galle Fort, also known as Dutch Fort. This fort was initially built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and modified in the 17th century by the Dutch. (If you like history you can read more about Galle Fort here and here)
Today you can walk around the fort and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean. You'll find tourists and locals alike hanging out here. Some just taking a stroll, others playing sports, still others catching the right winds to fly a kite.
Inside the fort you will find many opportunities for shopping and eating as well as enjoying the Dutch-colonial architecture all around.
Pedlar's Inn Gelato Galle Fort, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka Travel Blog
On a humid evening in Sri Lanka, it's hard to pass up a Gelato opportunity. We stopped by Pedlar's Inn Gelato for a cool and refreshing treat! It cost approximately $4 USD for 3 scoops of Gelato. You're definitely paying some tourists prices in this area, but the quality was good and we really enjoyed it.
Doesn't that look like a delicious treat!?
Dumplings Cafe Galle Fort, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka Travel Blog
If you were hungry and you saw this, would you pass the place up? ... I thought not!
Dumplings Cafe in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka offered whimsical style combined with delicious authentic Chinese Dumplings. I could have eaten so many of these. The cost for 8 dumplings was about $5.50 USD. I can't remember how much the smoothie cost, but I remember thinking that I wish I had just bought another portion of dumplings instead! :p
I would seek these dumplings out again the next time I am in Galle Fort!
Beware of the Powdered Milk Scam | Sri Lanka Travel Blog
One thing we experienced and witnessed a couple of times while strolling around Galle Fort was a likely scam tourists nay fall prey to. When you are clearly identified as a foreigner and tourist, you will be approached and asked for money to buy powdered milk for children. We were approached by older men (I would have thought too old to have young children, but whatever) and heard a lot of stories about the children being very sick and it tugs at your heart strings. Others have been approached by children directly. Sadly it can be hard to know when these stories are true these days. That is unfortunate because some people may genuinely be in need. Others however have a deal with shop owners. They bring the tourist into the shop to buy the powdered milk which is extremely overpriced. At the end of the day the child or adult who brought you to the store splits the profits with the shop keeper. This is also a common scam in areas of Cambodia that are popular with tourists, I have heard.
Don't let that stop you from visiting, just be aware as you enjoy this beautiful historical treasure of a town and all the delights within!
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