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Galle-Hikkeduwa Trip

Few years back, when I visited Galle for a day trip, I was fully convinced to come back to this place and spend more time in this beautiful city situated in the Southern part of the island. And this time too, it didn't disappoint me. There are two roads which takes you to Galle from Colombo. The old single-lane highway goes along the beach (not exactly like Pacific Coast Highway), and has lots of small towns which offer various activities to do, along with many scenic views of sky, ocean and land.

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But, if you are short of time, take the newly European style expressway on which you can cover 130 kms within 70-80 mins of drive. I would suggest to take this expressway while going to Galle and return by the old highway.

As a town, Galle is a small place with beautiful colonial era buildings built along the sea. The Unawatuna beach just on the suburb of the town hosts most of the exotic resorts and happening places of the town. Remaining, it's just a normal asian town with honking buses, small markets and crowded streets. So, we decided to stay at Unawatuna Beach and opted for Unawantuna Beach Resort. This was an exotic resort with lots of activities offered in house by them. The best part about the complete stretch of this beach is that despite having loads of beachside properties, restaurants and pubs, it is one of the cleanest beaches you can find in south east asia. And I guess, the local people and authorities have taken care of this cleanliness pretty seriously.

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So, we decided to spend our day time in the resort itself , relaxing in two beautiful swimming pools and soaking up the sun at the beach. But, as the temperatures lowered in the evening, we ventured out and headed to famous Lighthouse & Fort area and Diver's cliff. The whole area is beautifully maintained and colonial era buildings look beautiful from the top of the Diver's cliff, where young lads dive from a height of around 50 feets into the ocean as professional stuntmen.

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You can spend the evening at various cafes on that street looking at sun going down and the whole view looking mesmerizing. The famous cricket ground of Galle is situated just across the road and you can have a good view of the match standing at the top of the Fort. After spending the evening, we headed back to Unawatuna Beach and enjoyed a sumptuous vegetarian dinner at one of the many restaurants/pubs at the beach side.

Next day, we opted to visit places around Galle. The two wheelers are easily available on the rent for a day or two. Just fill in the fuel and head on the old colombo highway along the sea. Travel for 20 kms and you would reach a beautiful town of Hikkeduwa. The place itself was full of beach side properties but was less cleaner than Unawatuna. The only issue with the place is the traffic running on this highway right from the middle of the town. Still, go towards the beach and all noise would just vanish. One of the things Hikkeduwa is particularly famous for is Glass Boat Ride. They have some average looking corals and aquatic fauna just near to the beach. So, they have replaced the bottom of the boats with glass, so that the travelers can enjoy the coral view without going for snorkeling or scuba. The experience was unique but just worth a single visit. They carry bread chunks and you can see more fishes when they throw the bread pieces into the water, than through the glass bottom.
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Next, we headed to visit a Turtle Sanctuary on the same highway towards Colombo. It is situated near Matara town and has some amazing collection of turtles. The guide( employee at the sanctuary) boasted of the fact that Sri Lankans don't eat Turtles(and eat everything else) and hence they save these turtles from Chinese etc and hence doing a very noble cause. Nevertheless, the place was nicely maintained with different kinds and ages of turtles being kept there.
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The next tourist town on the highway is Bentota, which is again a beautiful small town which stands at the meeting point of a big lake and ocean. Though we didn't visit this town, but just crossing it towards Colombo, we made up our minds to visit it on our next trip to Sri Lanka.
After reaching Colombo in the night, it was hard to come out of those mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean, and it felt like going back again there, On the Beach, Under the Sun

Posted by indianvoyager 01:03 Archived in Sri Lanka Tagged beaches coral galle

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