Travellanka October 2017

33 Colombo | Colombo C olombo continued to grow under the Dutch and British, and today shows the marked influence of all those cultures from the Islamic mosques, the Catholic, Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches. The Dutch Colonial style of architecture is very much in evidence, as are the special quarters for separate trades in the Colombo Fort and Pettah area. Fort 1 While the Fort gets its name from the former military garrison which was located here under the Dutch and British, it is still the location of Janadhipathi Mandiraya, the President’s House. Clock tower cum lighthouse 2 It is a very rare sight indeed – a lighthouse in the middle of the city centre! A landmark in the Colombo Fort is the lighthouse with clock tower, a legacy of the British colonisers. it was built in 1857 but installed in 1915 after being stored in a warehouse for 42 years due to lack of funds to install it. In 1950 a second lighthouse was constructed by the sea. Galle Face 3 Galle Face Green, the mile long promenade which borders the Fort on the South, is the largest open air stretch in the city affording a beautiful view of the sunset. Main City Hotels from Galle Face Hotel, The Taj Samudra, Colombo Hilton, The Cinnamon Grand, Galadari and The Kingsbury. Pettah 4 The Pettah, which was earlier on the outer fringe of the Fort, is stillthebusiestshoppingbazaar inthecity. Itsmanycriss-crossing roads mark out sections which specialises in various trades from textiles and sarees, spices and condiments, goldsmiths and jewellers, wholesale dealers in rice, sugar, lentils and chillies. Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an interesting blend of the varying influences, it has seen for more than 600 years. Its importance as a trading port increased after the arrival of the Portuguese to the Island in the early 16th Century. Fort Lighthouse Pettah Beira Lake Arcade Independence Square 1 2 4 3 11 6 8 7 10 9 Battaramulla Malabe Maharagama Mount Lavinia Dehiwala Nugegoda Diyatha Uyana The Craft Village Diyawanna Water Park Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Galle Face 5 Royal Colombo Golf Club Bambalapitiya Wellawatte Kollupitiya CoLoMBo Fort 1 Lighthouse 2 Galle Face 2 Pettah 3 Beira Lake 4 Arcade Independence Square 5 The Craft Village 6 Diyatha Uyana 7 Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara 8 Diyawanna Water Park 9 Royal Colombo Golf Club 10