Walking leisurely through the narrow lanes of Galle Fort, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, I stumbled upon a sight that brightened my eyes. I was up close a python more than 10 ft tall. Sat in middle of lane gazing at his stout shining body. Onlookers were amused seeing me in such funny posture but could not make out what was happening. I went closer to have another feel of him. Grinned while murmuring, “my new adorable friend” and wished to hold and hug him fondly. But he was so huge. Caretaker saw my anxiety and assured me not to worry because phython is a nonvenomous species of snakes. Well I knew so! But I also knew how python can devour whole body of a mammal !!!
Should I be brave enough to hug python? Or should I be thoughtful that my thin body may be swallowed and relished by giant python? But I discarded my negative thought and told myself that I have called him my friend so why to fear. Vibes of friendship will transmit between us creating a bond of friendship.
And that happened, indeed. Passers by looked at me holding their breath. I caressed his body affectionately. Spent lot of time adoring my friend. And left Galle Fort with my memorable hug to cherish forever.
Galle city is situated on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Around Immensely popular worldwide for its Galle Fort. The fortified city founded by Portuguese in 16th century and further expanded expanded by the Dutch. Walking through the city I felt like walking in any European city with splendid architecture. Inner circle is car free. With option to either hire tuk tuk or explore walking. And me a hard core walker chose the second option and spent day admiring the beautiful city. Its heritage and chiseled beaches. Sharing few photographs of amazing Galle Fort.
Galle Fort can be a day trip from Colombo or you can spend few days to soak in its exquisite beauty. There are multiple modes of transport from Colombo. I preferred road journey which ran across scenic coastal delighting me with panoramic vistas.