Feeling rejuvenated by our quiet walks in the Hill country, we headed towards the Southern coast of the island. The scenery changed from the greens and browns to the sparkling shades of blues as we drove by coastal towns.
We stopped by Weligama bay to catch the stilt fishermen in action. This is a unique sight to Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese stilt fishermen cast their fishing line while standing on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole.
By the time we arrived in Galle, it was mid-day. Lunch of rice and curry was served in the second floor of a terraced restaurant that overlooked the ramparts of the fort. That was our first sight of Galle and we loved it!
There is not much ‘sights’ to cover in Galle – the only one being the Dutch fortifications and ramparts facing the open ocean. The walk along the fort is beautiful; you will meet many locals who are taking their evening strolls or jogs, couples finding a clandestine spot under shade, and little children playing cricket on an open field. A warm and friendly native spotted us taking photos and stopped to have a chat with us about his love for his town.
The charisma of Galle only emerges when you wander aimlessly along the narrow lanes of the own town lined with little shops, old churches, art galleries that still oozes its colonial charm. The town is very small and don’t worry yourself with a map and just get lost in the moments of everyday life in Galle.
In the evening, we headed to Galle Fort hotel for a drink at its beautiful veranda. It is a good place to recline back from the day’s heat and people watch. We wanted to have dinner there but it was fully booked for the night that we were there. It is best to make reservations for dinner especially if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Bentota, A beach paradise on the Western coast
The trip rounded up in Bentota quite spectacularly, our secluded beach paradise for the last three days. I can’t quite exclaim how glad I was to end the trip with a relaxing beach vacation. After days of walking and trekking in the hot sun, it was time to be a beach bum.
We also made sure that we ended the trip with a big bang so we booked our stay at The Villa, Paradise Road, our most luxurious stay in Sri Lanka. It is a beautifully designed boutique property with 15 rooms and suites. A lot of attention is given to its décor which was stylish and immaculate. It was like being on paradise.
We were glad that we picked Bentota out of all the other beach towns on Sri Lanka’s Western coast. We wanted something low-key and quiet and Bentota offered just that. It is no party town and there are no tourist restaurants or shops along the beach.
The best part of the villa is that it is right along the quiet, almost secluded stretch of Bentota beach (you just need to cross over a rail track). We spent our mornings by the beach walking along the soft, white sand and picking up sea shells, our afternoons by the beautiful pool at the resort, the evening back at the beach catching the most glorious colours of the setting sun.
When it was time to bid goodbye to this little paradise, I was far too reluctant to leave. However, I know that the the beauty that I’ve seen on this paradise have left a resounding imprint in me…
“The echoes of beauty you’ve seen transpire, Resound through dying coals of a campfire.” – Ernest Hemingway
The Villa, Paradise Road, Bentota
138/18 Galle Road, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 34 227 5311
Galle fort and ramparts
Perfect time to go is in the mornings when it is low tide and you can see how clear the waters are. You can spend an hour or two just wandering around the fort.
Spending half a day wandering through narrow lanes in the old town is the best way to see Galle.
Galle Fort Hotel
Beautifully restored hotel. Stay here or enjoy drinks at the verandah. Great way to wind down the day and people watch
The quiet end of Bentota beach is where Paradise Road, The Villa and Club Villa is situated. The other end has more hotels/resorts and hence it sees more crowds.