Looks beautiful but beware
The beaches at Galle are undoubtedly beautiful (although there is not much actual beach in the toen itself) and on a hot day it may seem like a good idea to just dive into the surf of the Indian Ocean but beware as it is not as benign as it appears and there have been a number of drownings in this area. The most recent figures I can find, which are admittedly a little old, are that no less than 25 people lost their lives to drowning in Galle in 2012 which is a fairly horrendous figure (see the attached webpage for fuller details). Apparently, the problem is very strong rip-tides and very quickly changing conditions.
I did not see any of the beach patrolled by lifeguards nor did I see any warning flags anywhere here and the advice is to always ask local advice before venturing into the water. Anybody in the hotels or restaurants will be able to assist. I really don't want to spoil anyone's trip but it really is not worth the risk given the dangers involved.
This advice is also applicable on many other beaches in Sri Lanka and I shall be re-posting this tip accordingly on various pages and make no apology for dong so as casual browsers may only look at one particular page.
- Budget Travel
The ice cream man
This is a special warning for anyone visiting for cricket purposes: As the ground is on a big roundabout, expect a man to pedal round and round all day with his ice cream buggy, with the same tune tootling out, hour after hour, day after day. It will stick in the memory and can cause years of trauma, prompting you to boycott ice cream for the rest of your days:
Doo dee doo
Doo dee doo
Doo do-do-da da!
All day. very day.