Galle Township and Tsunami - July 11th 2015

Last night Meena made some roti’s with a tomato curry. The brown coloured ones were made from an ancient grain flour called Kurakkan. She added curry leaves, a little green chilli and onions to produce these tasty morsels. We ate too many but they were too yummy to resist!

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Japanese Peace Pagoda

For breakfast hoppers with eggs and sweet spiced onions was on the menu. Kodi volunteered to take us to a Japanese Peace Pagoda nearby with great views over the harbour. It was built by Japanese Monks to promote peace in the world. The resident monk opened up the Temple and invited us to recite a brief prayer with him while sitting on the floor. He was a lovely man and gave us a boiled sweet to eat as we left. The position was marvellous looking back to Galle Fort over the bay. Below us was the famous Jungle Beach.

Kodi dropped us off in the Galle Township that had been wiped off the map by the Tsunami of December 2004. All the building have been built since then. He showed us a couple of shops, one called Wicks and the other called Rich Look where I could buy shorts and shirts. We quickly decided Wicks sounded better than Rich Look and bought some shorts. The town was bustling and you would never know that the Tsunami had happened. The only giveaway was the very modern buildings.

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Walked along the main street past a huge standing Buddha image to the fruit and vegetable market. A young fruit seller gave us each a free banana and we took some great pics. There was also a dedicated Betel Nut stall there. A street shoe repair man was sitting beside the road stitching up a shoe as we passed along the waterfront where the Tsunami wave came from. The wave here got to great height as it travelled over the very shallow water in the bay.

Tsunami survivor

Tsunami survivor

Walking back to Beatrice house we met a man whose wife and child were killed in the Tsunami. He told us the wave was 30 feet high and destroyed everything in its path. He was pleased to meet us as the Australian Government aid had helped him get a new house. Further along the harbour the local fishermen were selling their catch including some very large fish which may have been tuna.

The rain has eased to just a few showers and many more tourists are now in town. Walking past the busy square near the Courts today we could not believe it was the same place. It was virtually deserted.

Tomorrow we are off to another area east of here where the Tsunami also swept away everything in its path.