We had a great day out yesterday. We accidentally found ourselves a tour guide the day before – he picked us up in his tuk tuk when we wanted a lift back to the house after I’d had an Ayuverdic massage (about which more later). When we asked him how much he said “As you wish”!! Most of the drivers as for more than the going rate – which we know because we’ve got Manel, our cook who has told us no more than 150 rupees. I offered that he agreed. On our way back he told us he was a registered tour guide and we asked him how much to take us to Galle for the day. Again he said “As you wish” but we said no, come on, how much for the whole day. He said 3,000/- (about £15) and we said we’d talk about it.
When we got in, we looked him up and, sure enough, he is indeed a registered guide – and there aren’t that many of them. So when we worked out the logistics of a tuk tuk to the station from here, plus the cost of the train and then tuk tuk’s around Galle (and on to Unawatwna beach) we decided to go with him and I’m glad we did because we had a great day. We went around the fort, Ray did some shopping (a new shirt and tee shirt), we went to a number of museums, had lunch, saw the turtles and he had a head, neck and shoulder massage!! We got through about £50 – rather more than we expected but hey, it was a good day. He was especially pleased to have seen the Galle cricket ground (yawn!).