Want to see the wonders of Galle Fort?

February 22, 2014

Hello there, you will notice this week that I have added ‘pin it’ option, so if you see a photo you like, something that inspires you, hover over the photo and pin to your pinterest board!

This week I would like to show you around Galle Fort, one of my favourite places in Sri Lanka, when we first went there 6 years ago the Fort looked like it had been very badly damaged by the Tsunami, we later found out that the inside of Fort was in fact protected from the Tsunami and it had just got very run down. I fell in love with it straight away, the architecture and the soul of Galle Fort is wondrous. Over the years a lot of work has gone into the Fort to repair the buildings, I am split over this, although the buildings do look beautiful once repaired and if they are not they will eventually fall down but I also hope the soul of the Fort is never lost.


On the corner of Pedal Street and Lighthouse street this lovely house overflowing with baskets of flowers.


I love the style of this building.


The round end windows are fab and makes the door look like a giant P.


I love the colours in this picture, from the red steps, to grey, to white then a yellow arch at the top, with a little glimpse to the garden at the back.


The green and yellow of this building is lush, one day this will be repaired and the beauty of the old building lost forever.


There is not much space for a front garden in the Fort but that doesn’t stop the people that live there, look at this tree growing out the porch!


and this beautiful pink bush growing through the fence.


The bush on the right is actually growing from a tiny pot!


I like looking up above the shops and seeing the little houses peeping out, such a lovely yellow house.


Do you like the triangle fence with all the flowers hanging down?


I like the clean lines of the blue framing this house top with the love hearts on the wall and the pink curtain.


Look at how these shutters make a heart


another round/square window, this would make a beautiful design with each section in different colours.


Do you like all the different coloured squared glass at the top of this window?


The tiles here remind me of the edge of a shell.


The combination of the mottled wall and this window is beautiful.


I have a bit of a thing about the colour Duck egg so I love the mottled tones on this door.


Enjoy the walls of the Fort before they are all painted on and the unique character of each wall disappears.


Swirling pink plaster…


and rust coloured patches.


This is part wall part root, I like the unusual contrast of the black wall with the white roots.


Another little simple garden on display


I come across a glorious pink bloom made extra special with the sunlight shining through


and a riot of red flowers.


Every time I see these flowers it makes me smile, does it you?


This is one I don’t see very often, they are almost furry.

The amount of textures and patterns you find in Galle Fort is amazing, so many possible inspirational pictures it was hard to choose which ones to share with you.


This is a close up of the building at the beginning.


This would make an interesting Quilt pattern.


I can’t resist a tiled floor! A lovely lady let me have a little look inside her house, it had some amazing wood carving screens and walls.

Carved-glass-screen Flower-wood-carving

The centre of this carving reminds me of a sunflower, another flower I love.


Back outside and some more inspirational patterns, quilting, knitting in texture or colour would work well with this pattern.


and also with these glass tiles.


Last of all these vintage wood carvings, these are found on many traditional Sri Lankan houses on top of doors and windows, I really must buy myself one, I have been meaning too for years to put on the wall. I particularly like the colours of these carvings and are perfect to inspire a colour pallet.

I hope one day you can come and visit the Galle Fort for yourself and enjoy all the beauty within it’s protecting walls, if you do I highly recommend staying at Fort Thari Inn, cheap, clean and friendly, tucked away down an alleyway amongst the people who live here.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks walk around, if you missed my weekend in Anuradhapura come and take a look.

See you soon, Rebecca x



  • Travelista73

    February 22, 2014 at 22:48

    Lovely images!

    1. Rebecca

      February 22, 2014 at 22:54

      Thank-you 🙂

  • Julie Jackson

    February 22, 2014 at 15:06

    These are beautiful photos, Becky. They have given me lots of inspiration for my art group today.

    1. Rebecca

      February 22, 2014 at 15:23

      Thank-you Julie, I love sharing photos of this beautiful place I live in and happy these are inspiring you too x

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