Our last stop in Sri Lanka was the colonial trade fort of Galle. Originally built by the Portuguese but ruled for over 100 years by the Dutch until the British took Sri Lanka in 1796, Galle has beautiful architecture.
Galle is a little more tourist friendly than many of the towns we had visited, so we were able to do some good tourist shopping and enjoy some very good food. We visited several tea shops and boutiques while strolling through the fort.
Before heading back to Colombo on our last day in Sri Lanka, we decided to check out a sea turtle sanctuary that was located near our AirBnb. We were a little nervous that it would be animal tourism, but it was a reputable place. In fact, it turns out that our school had been there just the week prior to do some volunteer work on one of the many service trips coordinated by our school. We all had fun learning about sea turtles and holding several different species including some two day olds. The boys were very upset that one very old, very large, turtle was there for rehabilitation after mistaking a plastic bag for a jelly fish. They had been very opposed to plastic bags ever since that encounter...
There are some turtle rescues here in the UAE that we will be looking into after visiting this sanctuary. The boys are both keen to volunteer to help clean the nesting beaches for the turtles.