Sri Lanka tour day 4
07.10.2012 - 10.10.2012 35 °C
We wake early yet again at 6.30 am we set off on day 4 of our tour of Sri Lanka. Our final day will see us head towards Galle to visit Galle fort, see the tsunami memorial and visit a turtle hatchery complete with a river cruise.
This area of Sri Lanka was the worst hit by the tsunami and it is very evident, there also seems to be more poverty in this area too.
Our irst stop is for coffee, where in the ocean there are many sticks set up for the stick fisherman but unfortunately no fisherman on them. After the worst cup of coffee ever!! We head off towards Galle, when suddenly our driver stops for us to take a photograph of a lone fisherman on his stick, or so we thought, what a tourist trap, no sooner had we taken a photograph and headed back into our van than the fisherman from the stick had raced from it to our van asking for money as we had taken a photo - our driver saw him off with a few rupees, although he was not a happy chap.
We arrive at Galle and enter the old town that is within the fort walls, we pass most of the government buildings as they are all within the walls of the fort. We pass the magistrates court and high court, which must have been introduced during British rule as it mirrors the British judicial system - there are many families waiting outside for the outcome of hearings. Our driver stops for us to get out and take some photographs, we can see the new bus station rebuilt after the tsunami, the cricket stadium and the rail station.
Next we head to the river for our cruise. Once on the river we drive through some mangroves and see a monitor lizard then we head towards cinnamon island where we disembark and go and watch a man making cinnamon sticks, which we buy as we feel obliged to. Our next stop is at a fish farm - not much fun but all part of the tour.
When the river cruise is finished we board our mini bus and head for the turtle hatchery. Here it smells bad, but we have to enter where we are shown the baby turtles and the females that are kept for several years till they are fully grown before being released into the sea. The male babies are released into the sea after 3 days. There is also an albino turtle which is rare to see, unfortunately this will never be released as it would die if it was.
Well that brought our tour to an end and we boarded our mini bus and headed back to the comfort of our hotel in Bentota to enjoy the remaining 10 days of our holiday.