More on Sri Lanka – Bentota and Galle

We spent our second day in Sri Lanka travelling farther down the coast to Galle, a seaside town that was formerly a Dutch fort.

On the way to Galle, we passed through Hikkaduwa, also known as Hippieduwa, which was first visited by surfing hippies back in the 70’s. Today it is still a backpacker-style town full of modern hippies ambling through Sri Lanka.

When we arrived in Galle, we immediately headed for the fort area because our guide book said that it would be the most interesting place for us to walk around. They were right!

From the top of the wall we could see all kinds of activities going on below. On the sea side, obviously there was ocean, but the more fascinating part was watching the town from the top of the wall. We got to witness some kind of martial arts practice, these guys were serious! There was also a cricket game going on below.

Eventually we came down off of the wall and began to wanter through the town. It was super hot out! I have no idea what the temperature was, but it was warm enough that even just walking around was barely enjoyable. We decided that we needed to find some kind of air conditioned respite. It wasn’t quite lunch time, what else could we do?

The most obvious answer? Go to a fish spa.

Well, try to anyway. It turns out that their fish had all died and the new ones that they had on order hadn’t arrived yet.

This place looked fairly clean inside, I wouldn’t have thought twice about using it, but knowing that they couldn’t keep their fish alive sketched me out a bit. Maybe it was good that this option was off of the table.

For those of you who are not familiar with fish spas, they are basically small pools filled with doctor fish that you put your feet into. The fish eat the dead skin off of your feet to make them smooth and nice. I would imagine that this either sounds really awesome or really gross to most people. Chris and I are both in the really awesome, at least from a curiosity standpoint, camp.

After strolling around town for a bit longer we decided to head back north towards Bentota to grab lunch and some mocktails at a resort along the water. I think we finally figured out where we should have stayed on our first trip to Sri Lanka.

This hotel had a great setup, a surf spot for Chris, and was empty enough to actually enjoy hanging out, watching the ocean, and letting the world go by.

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4 comments
  1. That spa sounds crazy! I think I’m somewhere in between gross & awesome on that one. I would definitely try it, but it does strike me as a little weird.

  2. Definitely try out a fish spa if you come across one with live fish! It was one of my favorite parts of SKorea but it tickles like crazy. It took me a good 5 minutes to stop squirming my first time.

    • Brit said:

      I am still keeping my eye out for one! I bet I could find one in China if I had time.

  3. Lisa said:

    Awesome looking photos and description. What a cool place to visit.

    Oh, and I think I’m in the camp that the fish spa sounds a bit creepy…!

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