Spent three nights here in peaceful surroundings recovering from three weeks with the grandchildren! Interesting buildings and real sense of colonial display of strength in the walls and bastions. The town is slowly being restored and renovated. Many good enough places to eat provide enough variety for a couple of days, though never found Sri Lanka a gourmet's destination. Some tasteful shopping like Barefoot and Exotic Roots provide an excellent alternative to beach touts. There are locals living and working in the old town, but it could end up pickled in aspic if developers are not careful.