After a 5.00 am flight hardly anything can make me feel cheerful and awake till I catch up on sleep! But the traditional dance from Kandy that was performed on my arrival at Amari Galle not only woke me up, it send me diving for my camera!
Galle is a quaint little town on the Southeastern Coast of Sri Lanka, it is my good fortune that I have visited it thrice. And I can go back for more. So, when I was invited by Amari Galle for a trip I was happy to go back the third time. This was my second stay with Amari Group.
The check-in for me was a breeze. I waited in the spacious lobby looking at the sea! In a few minutes I had my room keys.
All the rooms at Amari Galle face the sea! I Loved the pictures of the stilt farmers on the wall. The bathroom was extra special as it had wardrobe space, so I could mess up there to my heart’s content!
I wold often go to the balcony to admire the view of the pool and the sea beyond. The evening room service would take care to replenish my tea and water bottles.
The Swimming Pool and the Beach
My first love are mountains but I enjoy water as well. I almost always try to check out the pool of a hotel! I quite liked the pool at Amari as it gives you a beautiful view of the sunset too.
There is a beach beyond it but the hotel discourages swimming at the beach. But it is perfect for an evening stroll while the sun sets!
There are three options for dining at Amari- The Shoreline Beach Club, The Bommu Rooftop Bar and the Ahara Gourmet Gallery. The breakfast is served at Ahara and for me going to Sri Lanka means eating egg hoppers at every excuse! You will find then being freshly made at Ahara.
I also discovered curd and treacle as a dessert for the first time. I liked it a lot. I also liked the fact that at Amari they take trouble to make a selection of vegetarian desserts available which are without eggs.
I do not look for Indian food when I travel abroad but if you are craving Indian food, the buffet has a big section on it. They have an exclusive Indian chef too.
The Breeze Spa
I had a one hour massage at Breeze the Spa at Amari! After cycling through the streets of Galle Fort it was a relaxing experience! What I also love about the spa is that the rooms face the sea!
There is plenty to do in Galle and its surrounding areas including the famous stilt fisherman of the region. Here you will find two from India too! The whole belt from Galle to Merrisa has fabulous beaches. You can look at some of them after you have finished exploring the Galle Fort area. And Amari is a good hotel to come back to after a hectic day of exploration!
They also have a lounge with showers for you to hang around if you have a late flight!
PS. I was invited as a travel blogger to Amari Galle.
I have a soft spot for Galle as I visited it with my nephew first! We were staying at Unawatuna and hopped over to Galle in 2013. Then meeting Sampath the cliff jumper from Galle in 2018 has added another fond memory to it!
So here I am at Galle again, writing this post as I wait for my other group members to walk back to our agreed upon meeting place. As it takes some time for a group to gather, I decide to utilize the time by writing. I am learning to work on the go!
When I visited before I didn’t notice Sampat. He says he has been diving since he was 10. Because I have jumped from a few cliffs (two to be precise ) my curiosity is piqued.
As I walk around I see no safe landing place! I feel even curiouser! There is a poster on the wall and the man sitting next to it looks like the man in the pictures!
I walk up to him and ask if he is the man? He beams and says yes. When I check the height of the wall, he says it is 12 meters. I tell him I have jumped from 10 but it was in the deep sea. I see no place to land here. He laughs again and says he can land! Then I ask- why why why?
(Video by Faizan Patel, used and uploaded with his permission)
He laughs again and says it is his livelihood. If you want him to watch he charges 20 dollars. He added he is useful when people fall in or expensive gadgets take a tumble! There have already been 16 cases of people falling in. I asked if he has jumped today? He said yes as a high ranking military man visited and he wanted to see!
I walk away after clicking a picture of him! Then curiosity gets better of me, and I walk back to him. I ask if I can pay him in Indian Rupees? He agrees. I part with 1500 Indian Rupees and wait.
He requests people at the edge to clear a way for him. I am ready with my camera. It gets all over in a flash. He runs, flies and dives head first! I wish I could see it only with my eyes but I see it only through that square box of my viewfinder.
He surfaces and jumps from a shallower rock! Then he climbs the rock and comes back to the top.
I give him a few moments and then the questions start. That interaction is on the video above.
I hug him and tell him to stay safe. As I walk off I wonder if I did the right thing? By paying him was I encouraging him to lead a dangerous life? I don’t know and I don’t judge him for the life he has chosen. I hope you won’t judge me for the choice I made.
PS. I was invited on board the inaugural Chennai Colombo Flight by Indigo 6E and visited Galle as part of the same trip!
I recently went to Sri Lanka with my younger nephew who is also known as Brat 2. Of course there is a Brat 1, his elder brother, and there are two more, Brats 3 and 4. Brat 3 is my niece and 4 my daughter. The numbering is according to the age, Brat 1 being eldest and Brat 4 is the youngest. It is difficult to say who is the biggest brat of them all. The first time we traveled together it was Brat 1 and 2 with my husband I and we trekked through Goa. At that point I was taller than Brat 2 and he is 6 feet 3 now! Both of them were in school then.
I have a theory, the kids who start speaking late try to make it up for the rest of their lives. Brat 2 and my daughter both fall in that category. Brat 2 started speaking quiet late and so did Brat 4, Chhavi. And now both of them can talk to themselves! Brat 3 (my niece) also is on the quieter side and I shudder to think when she tries to catch up.
The last Brat 1, 2 and I traveled together was to Barog in 2009, they were college students then. Now both of them work! I had almost forgotten what fun it is to travel with them.
Brat 2 and I at Galle, Sri Lanka
At Sri Lanka almost all the time there was a constant chatter next to me! As I said he can talk to himself if need be and a topic is not necessary! And when I went to Shillong right after it, it was way too quiet for my liking. I actually like peace and quiet. I can happily be by myself but traveling on one trip after the other, one with a chatter box and one without, brought out a different perspective.
Brat 2 has done an internship in Russia and on the Unawatuna roads he would often say to me, “Bua that person is a Russian.” He said it so many times that I got openly skeptical!
Prakash, The Boatman at Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka
Then came a boat ride where the young lad who steered the boat told us, “Ninety percent of the tourists in this region are Russian. And I am learning Russian.” And after that I just had it, he kept telling me, “Why would you believe me? It has to be another person who has to say the same.”
Brat 1 has yet not got a passport neither has Brat 4 but one day I want to travel with all the four and see how it goes! Hopefully I will still have some black hair on my head after such a trip. In the end I have to traveling with chatter boxes is a lot of fun!