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Colombo
Colombo
(/kəˈlʌmboʊ/; Sinhalese: කොළඹ Kolamba, pronounced [ˈkəlɐmbɞ]; Tamil: கொழும்பு, translit. Koḻumpu) is the commercial capital[3] and largest city of Sri Lanka. According to the Brookings Institution, Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million,[4][5][6][7] and 752,993[2] in the city proper. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the Greater Colombo
Greater Colombo
area which includes Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the legislative capital of Sri Lanka and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia. Colombo
Colombo
is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo. It is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo
Colombo
is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.[8] It was the legislative capital of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
until 1982. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo
Colombo
was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
was ceded to the British Empire
British Empire
in 1815,[9] and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. In 1978, when administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo
Colombo
was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Like many cities, Colombo's urban area extends well beyond the boundaries of a single local authority, encompassing other municipal and urban councils such as Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Municipal Council, Dehiwala
Dehiwala
Mount Lavinia Municipal Council, Kolonnawa
Kolonnawa
Urban Council, Kaduwela Municipal Council and Kotikawatte Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha. The main city is home to a majority of Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues.[10] Famous landmarks in Colombo
Colombo
include Galle
Galle
Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo
Colombo
Racecourse, Planetarium, University of Colombo, Mount Lavinia beach, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo Lotus Tower
Colombo Lotus Tower
(under construction) as well as the National Museum.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Portuguese era 2.2 Dutch era 2.3 British era 2.4 After independence

3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Attractions 5 Demographics 6 Government and politics

6.1 Local government 6.2 National capital

7 City limits 8 Capital Zone suburbs 9 Outer suburbs 10 Economy 11 Law enforcement and crime 12 Infrastructure

12.1 Harbour 12.2 Transport

12.2.1 Bus 12.2.2 Rail 12.2.3 Roads 12.2.4 Ferry 12.2.5 Air

12.3 Landmarks

13 Education 14 Architecture

14.1 Colombo
Colombo
Fort 14.2 Dutch-era buildings 14.3 British-era buildings

15 Culture

15.1 Annual cultural events and fairs 15.2 Performing arts 15.3 Museums and art collections 15.4 Sports 15.5 Media

16 Twin towns and sister cities 17 Gallery 18 See also 19 Notes and references 20 Further reading

Etymology[edit]

Coat of arms of Colombo
Colombo
from the Dutch Ceylon
Dutch Ceylon
era, depicting a mango tree.

The name "Colombo", first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name කොලොන් තොට Kolon thota, meaning "port on the river Kelani".[11] Another belief is that the name is derived from the Sinhalese name කොල-අඹ-තොට Kola-amba-thota which means "Harbour with leafy mango trees".[10] This coincides with Robert Knox's history of the island while he was a prisoner in Kandy. He writes that, "On the West the City of Columbo, so called from a Tree the Natives call Ambo, (which bears the Mango-fruit) growing in that place; but this never bare fruit, but onely leaves, which in their Language is Cola and thence they called the Tree Colambo: which the Christians in honour of Columbus turned to Columbo." The author of the oldest Sinhalese grammar, Sidatsangarava, written in the 13th century wrote about a category of words that exclusively belonged to early Sinhalese. It lists naramba (to see) and kolamba (ford or harbour) as belonging to an indigenous source. Kolamba may also be the source of the name of the commercial capital Colombo.[12][13] History[edit] As Colombo
Colombo
possesses a natural harbour, it was known to Indian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, and Chinese traders over 2,000 years ago. Traveller Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta
who visited the island in the 14th century, referred to it as Kalanpu.[14] Arabs, whose prime interests were trade, began to settle in Colombo
Colombo
around the 8th century AD mostly because the port helped their business by the way of controlling much of the trade between the Sinhalese kingdoms and the outside world. Their descendants now comprise the local Sri Lankan Moor community.[9][15] Portuguese era[edit] Portuguese explorers led by Dom Lourenço de Almeida first arrived in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
in 1505. During their initial visit they made a treaty with the King of Kotte, Parakramabahu VIII (1484–1508), which enabled them to trade in the island's crop of cinnamon, which lay along the coastal areas of the island, including in Colombo.[16] As part of the treaty, the Portuguese were given full authority over the coastline in exchange for the promise of guarding the coast against invaders. They were allowed to establish a trading post in Colombo.[16] Within a short time, however, they expelled the Muslim
Muslim
inhabitants of Colombo and began to build a fort in 1517. The Portuguese soon realized that control of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
was necessary for protection of their coastal establishments in India
India
and they began to manipulate the rulers of the Kotte
Kotte
kingdom to gain control of the area. After skilfully exploiting rivalries within the royal family, they took control of a large area of the kingdom and the Sinhalese King Mayadunne established a new kingdom at Sitawaka, a domain in the Kotte
Kotte
kingdom.[16] Before long he annexed much of the Kotte
Kotte
kingdom and forced the Portuguese to retreat to Colombo, which was repeatedly besieged by Mayadunne and the later kings of Sitawaka, forcing them to seek reinforcement from their major base in Goa, India. Following the fall of the kingdom in 1593, the Portuguese were able to establish complete control over the coastal area, with Colombo
Colombo
as their capital.[16][17] This part of Colombo
Colombo
is still known as Fort
Fort
and houses the presidential palace and the majority of Colombo's five star hotels. The area immediately outside Fort
Fort
is known as Pettah (Sinhala පිට කොටුව piṭa koṭuva, "outer fort") and is a commercial hub. Dutch era[edit]

Dutch engraving of Colombo
Colombo
in about 1680

In 1638 the Dutch signed a treaty with King Rajasinha II of Kandy which assured the king assistance in his war against the Portuguese in exchange for a monopoly of the island's major trade goods. The Portuguese resisted the Dutch and the Kandyans but were gradually defeated in their strongholds beginning in 1639.[18] The Dutch captured Colombo
Colombo
in 1656 after an epic siege, at the end of which a mere 93 Portuguese survivors were given safe conduct out of the fort. Although the Dutch (e.g., Rijcklof van Goens) initially restored the captured area back to the Sinhalese kings, they later refused to turn them over and gained control over the island's richest cinnamon lands including Colombo
Colombo
which then served as the capital of the Dutch maritime provinces under the control of the Dutch East India
India
Company until 1796.[18][19] British era[edit]

Colombo
Colombo
street scene in the early 20th century with a tramcar and the old Town Hall in the background

Map of Colombo, ca 1914

Although the British captured Colombo
Colombo
in 1796, it remained a British military outpost until the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to them in 1815 and they made Colombo
Colombo
the capital of their newly created crown colony of British Ceylon. Unlike the Portuguese and Dutch before them, whose primary use of Colombo
Colombo
was as a military fort, the British began constructing houses and other civilian structures around the fort, giving rise to the current City of Colombo.[9] Initially, they placed the administration of the city under a "Collector", and John Macdowell of the Madras Service was the first to hold the office. Then, in 1833, the Government Agent of the Western Province was charged with the administration of the city. Centuries of colonial rule had meant a decline of indigenous administration of Colombo, and in 1865 the British conceived a Municipal Council as a means of training the local population in self-governance. The Legislative Council of Ceylon
Legislative Council of Ceylon
constituted the Colombo
Colombo
Municipal Council in 1865 and the Council met for the first time on the January 16, 1866. At the time, the population of the region was around 80,000.[9] During the time they were in control of the Colombo, the British were responsible for much of the planning of the present city. In some parts of the city tram car tracks and granite flooring laid during the era are still visible today.[19][20] After independence[edit]

The formal ceremony marking the start of self-rule at Independence Square.

This era of colonialism ended peacefully in 1948 when Ceylon gained independence from Britain.[21] Due to the tremendous impact this caused on the city's inhabitants and on the country as a whole, the changes that resulted at the end of the colonial period were drastic. An entire new culture took root. Changes in laws and customs, clothing styles, religions and proper names were a significant result of the colonial era.[21] These cultural changes were followed by the strengthening of the island's economy. Even today, the influence of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British is clearly visible in Colombo's architecture, names, clothing, food, language and attitudes. Buildings from all three eras stand as reminders of the turbulent past of Colombo. The city and its people show an interesting mix of European clothing and lifestyles together with local customs.[21] Historically, Colombo
Colombo
referred to the area around the Fort
Fort
and Pettah Market which is famous for the variety of products available as well as the Khan Clock Tower, a local landmark. At present, it refers to the city limits of the Colombo
Colombo
Municipal Council.[22] More often, the name is used for the Conurbation
Conurbation
known as Greater Colombo, which encompasses several Municipal councils including Kotte, Dehiwela and Colombo. Although Colombo
Colombo
lost its status as the capital of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
in the 1980s, it continues to be the island's commercial centre. Despite the official capital of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
moving to the adjacent Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, most countries still maintain their diplomatic missions in Colombo.[23] Geography[edit]

The Beira Lake
Beira Lake
at night

Colombo's geography is a mix of land and water. The city has many canals and, in the heart of the city, the 65-hectare (160-acre) Beira Lake.[24] The lake is one of the most distinctive landmarks of Colombo, and was used for centuries by colonists to defend the city.[24] It remains a popular attraction, hosting regattas,[25] and theatrical events on its shores. The Northern and North-Eastern border of the city of Colombo
Colombo
is formed by the Kelani River, which meets the sea in a part of the city known as the Modera (mōdara in Sinhala) which means river delta. Climate[edit] Colombo
Colombo
features a tropical monsoon climate under the Köppen climate classification, falling just short of a tropical rainforest climate. Colombo's climate is fairly temperate all throughout the year. From March to April the average high temperature is around 31 °C (87.8 °F).[26] The only major change in the Colombo
Colombo
weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January. This is the time of year where heavy rains can be expected. Colombo
Colombo
sees little relative diurnal range of temperature, although this is more marked in the drier winter months, where minimum temperatures average 22 °C (71.6 °F). Rainfall in the city averages around 2,500 millimetres (98 in) a year.[27]

Climate data for Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
(1961–1990, extremes 1961–2012)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 35.2 (95.4) 35.6 (96.1) 36.1 (97) 35.2 (95.4) 33.2 (91.8) 33.5 (92.3) 32.2 (90) 32.2 (90) 32.5 (90.5) 33.6 (92.5) 34.0 (93.2) 35.0 (95) 36.1 (97)

Average high °C (°F) 31.0 (87.8) 31.2 (88.2) 31.7 (89.1) 31.8 (89.2) 31.1 (88) 30.4 (86.7) 30.0 (86) 30.0 (86) 30.2 (86.4) 30.0 (86) 30.2 (86.4) 30.4 (86.7) 30.7 (87.3)

Daily mean °C (°F) 26.6 (79.9) 26.9 (80.4) 27.7 (81.9) 28.2 (82.8) 28.3 (82.9) 27.9 (82.2) 27.6 (81.7) 27.6 (81.7) 27.5 (81.5) 27.0 (80.6) 26.7 (80.1) 26.6 (79.9) 27.4 (81.3)

Average low °C (°F) 22.3 (72.1) 22.7 (72.9) 23.7 (74.7) 24.6 (76.3) 25.5 (77.9) 25.5 (77.9) 25.1 (77.2) 25.1 (77.2) 24.8 (76.6) 24.0 (75.2) 23.2 (73.8) 22.8 (73) 24.1 (75.4)

Record low °C (°F) 16.4 (61.5) 18.8 (65.8) 17.7 (63.9) 21.2 (70.2) 20.5 (68.9) 21.4 (70.5) 21.4 (70.5) 21.6 (70.9) 21.2 (70.2) 21.0 (69.8) 18.6 (65.5) 18.1 (64.6) 16.4 (61.5)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 58.2 (2.291) 72.7 (2.862) 128.0 (5.039) 245.6 (9.669) 392.4 (15.449) 184.9 (7.28) 121.9 (4.799) 119.5 (4.705) 245.4 (9.661) 365.4 (14.386) 414.4 (16.315) 175.3 (6.902) 2,523.7 (99.358)

Average precipitation days 5 5 9 14 16 16 12 11 15 17 15 10 145

Average relative humidity (%) (at Daytime) 69 69 71 75 78 79 78 77 78 78 76 73 75

Mean monthly sunshine hours 248.0 246.4 275.9 234.0 201.5 195.0 201.5 201.5 189.0 201.5 210.0 217.0 2,621.3

Source #1: NOAA[28] World Meteorological Organization
World Meteorological Organization
(precipitation only)[27]

Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst
Deutscher Wetterdienst
(extremes)[29]

Attractions[edit] Galle Face Green
Galle Face Green
is located in the heart of the city along the Indian Ocean coast, and is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. The Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
is a historic landmark on the southern edge of this promenade. Gangaramaya Temple
Gangaramaya Temple
is one of the most important temples in Colombo. The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.[30] The Viharamahadevi Park
Viharamahadevi Park
(formerly Victoria Park) is an urban park located next to the National Museum of Colombo and the Town Hall. It is the oldest and largest park in Colombo
Colombo
and features a large Buddha statue. As part of the Urban Regeneration Program of the Government of Sri Lanka, many old sites and buildings were revamped to modern public recreational spaces and shopping precincts. These include Independence Memorial Hall Square, Pettah Floating Market
Pettah Floating Market
and Old Dutch Hospital among others. Demographics[edit]

The Seema Malakaya of the Gangarama Temple in the Beira Lake
Beira Lake
in the Slave Island
Slave Island
area, is one of many religious structures in Colombo

Colombo
Colombo
is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city. The population of Colombo
Colombo
is a mix of numerous ethnic groups, mainly Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils, and Sri Lankan Moor. There are also small communities of people with Chinese, Portuguese Burgher, Dutch Burgher, Malay, and Indian origins living in the city, as well as numerous European expatriates. Colombo
Colombo
is the most populous city in Sri Lanka, with 642,163 people living within the city limits.[31] In 1866 the city had a population of around 80,000.[32] According to the census of 2001 the demographics of urban Colombo
Colombo
by ethnicity is as follows.[31]

No Ethnicity Population % Of Total

1 Sinhalese 265,657 41.36

2 Sri Lankan Tamils 185,672 28.91

3 Sri Lankan Moors 153,299 23.87

4 Indian Tamils 13,968 2.17

5 Sri Lankan Malays 11,149 1.73

6 Burghers 5,273 0.82

7 Sri Lankan Chetty 740 0.11

8 Bharatha 471 0.07

9 Other 5,934 0.96

10 Total 642,163 100

Government and politics[edit]

Colombo
Colombo
Municipal Council

Local government[edit] Colombo
Colombo
is a charter city, with a Mayor Council form of government. Colombo's mayor and the council members are elected through local government elections held once in five years. For the past 50 years the city had been ruled by the United National Party
United National Party
(UNP), a right leaning party, whose business friendly policies resonate with the population of Colombo. However the UNP nomination list for the 2006 Municipal elections was rejected,[33] and an Independent Group supported by the UNP won the elections.[34] Uvais Mohamed Imitiyas was subsequently appointed Mayor of Colombo.[35] The city government provides sewer, road management and waste management services, in case of water, electricity and telephone utility services the council liaises with the water supply and drainage board, the Ceylon electricity board and telephone service providers. National capital[edit] Colombo
Colombo
was the capital of the Coastal areas controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British from the 1700s to the 1815 when the British gained control of the entire island following the Kandian convention. From then until the 1980s the national capital of the island was Colombo. During the 1980s plans were made to move the administrative capital to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
and thus move all governmental institutions out of Colombo
Colombo
to make way for commercial activities. As a primary step the Parliament was moved to a new complex in Kotte
Kotte
and several ministries and departments were also moved. However the move was never completed. Today many governmental institutions still remain in Colombo. These include the President's House, Presidential Secretariat, Prime Minister's House
Prime Minister's House
(Temple Trees), Prime Minister's Office, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, important government ministries and departments; such as Finance (Treasury), Defence, Public Administration & Home affairs, Foreign affairs, Justice and the Military headquarters, Naval headquarters (SLNS Parakrama), Air Force headquarters (SLAF Colombo) and Police national and field force headquarters.[36][37] City limits[edit]

Bambalapitiya
Bambalapitiya
Area

Colombo
Colombo
is divided into 15 numbered areas for the purposes of postal services. Within these areas are the suburbs with their corresponding post office.

Map of Colombo
Colombo
showing its administrative districts.

Postal number Inner Suburb

Colombo
Colombo
1 Fort

Colombo
Colombo
2 Slave Island, Union Place

Colombo
Colombo
3 Kollupitiya

Colombo
Colombo
4 Bambalapitiya

Colombo
Colombo
5 Havelock Town, Kirulapana, Kirilapone
Kirilapone
North

Colombo
Colombo
6 Wellawatte, Pamankada,

Colombo
Colombo
7 Cinnamon Gardens

Colombo
Colombo
8 Borella

Colombo
Colombo
9 Dematagoda

Colombo
Colombo
10 Maradana, Panchikawatte

Colombo
Colombo
11 Pettah

Colombo
Colombo
12 Hultsdorf

Colombo
Colombo
13 Kotahena, Bloemendhal

Colombo
Colombo
14 Grandpass

Colombo
Colombo
15 Mutwal, Modara, Mattakkuliya, Madampitiya

Capital Zone suburbs[edit] Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Legislature

PitaKotte EthulKotte Nawala Nugegoda Rajagiriya

Outer suburbs[edit]

Athurugiriya Battaramulla Batuwatta Boralesgamuwa Dalugama Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Ekala Godagama Homagama Hokandara Ja-Ela Kadawatha Kaduwela Kalubowila Kandana Kiribathgoda Kolonnawa Koswatte Kotikawatta Kottawa Maharagama Malabe Moratuwa Pannipitiya Peliyagoda Piliyandala Ragama Ratmalana Thalawathugoda Wattala Wickramasinhapura

Economy[edit]

Colombo
Colombo
City is the hub of Sri Lanka's economic activity

The great majority of Sri Lankan corporations have their head offices in Colombo
Colombo
including Aitken Spence, Ceylinco Corporation, Stassen group of companies, John Keells Holdings, Cargills, Hemas Holdings, and Akbar Brothers. Some of the industries include chemicals, textiles, glass, cement, leather goods, furniture, and jewellery. In the city centre is the World Trade Centre. The 40 story Twin Tower complex is the centre of important commercial establishments, in the Fort
Fort
district, the city's nerve center. Right outside the Fort
Fort
area is Pettah which is derived from the Sinhalese word pita which means 'out' or 'outside'.[38]

Arcade Independence Square
Arcade Independence Square
shopping mall

The Colombo
Colombo
Metropolitan area
Metropolitan area
has a GDP of $48 billion or 40% of the GDP, making it the most important aspect of the Sri Lankan economy. The per capita income of Colombo
Colombo
Metro area stood at US$8623 and purchasing power per capita of $25,117, making it one of the most prosperous regions in South Asia
South Asia
considering Western Province contribute for 50% of GDP in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
.[39] The Colombo
Colombo
Metropolitan (CM) area is the most important industrial, commercial and administrative centre in Sri Lanka. A major share of the country's export-oriented manufacturing takes place in the CM area which is the engine of growth for Sri Lanka.

Galle
Galle
Face Green, where many major events take place, is a favorite location for many. It is in close proximity to many of the major hotels. Formerly, it was the site of the city's race course, golf course and the cricket field

The Western province contributes less than 40% to the GDP and about 80% of industrial value additions although it accounts for only 5.7% of the country's geographic area and 25% of the national population. Given its importance as the primary international gateway for Sri Lanka and as the main economic driver of the country, the government of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
(GoSL) has launched an ambitious program to transform Colombo
Colombo
and its area into a metropolis of international standards. Bottlenecks are preventing the Colombo
Colombo
metropolitan area from realizing its full economic potential. To facilitate the transformation of Colombo, the government has to address these bottlenecks which have for long been obstructing economic and physical urban regeneration.[40] Pettah is more crowded than the Fort
Fort
area. Pettah's roads are always packed and pavements are full of small stalls selling items from delicious sharbat to shirts. Main Street consists mostly of clothes shops and the cross roads, which are known as Cross Streets where each of the five streets specializes in a specific business. For example, the First Cross Street is mostly electronic goods shops, the Second cellular phones and fancy goods. Most of these businesses are dominated by Muslim
Muslim
traders. At the end of the Main Street further away from Fort
Fort
is the Sea Street — Sri Lanka's gold market — dominated by Tamil interests. This mile-long street is full of jewellery shops,[38] including the former head office of SriLankan Airlines.[41] Law enforcement and crime[edit]

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
is located in Colombo

The Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Police the main law enforcement agency of the island liaise with the municipal council, but is under the control of the Ministry of Defence of the central government.[42] Policing in Colombo and its suburbs falls within the Metropolitan Range headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Metropolitan), this also includes the Colombo
Colombo
Crime Division.[43] As with most Sri Lankan cities, the magistrate court handles felony crimes, the district court handles civil cases. As in other large cities around the world, Colombo
Colombo
experiences certain levels of street crime and bribery. Indeed, the corruption extends to the very top, US reports show. In addition, in the period from the 1980s to 2009 there have been a number of major terrorist attacks.[44][45] The LTTE
LTTE
has been linked to most of the bombings and assassinations in the city.[46] Welikada Prison
Welikada Prison
is situated in Colombo and it is one of the largest maximum-security prisons in the country.[47] Infrastructure[edit]

Colombo's streets at night

Colombo
Colombo
has most of the amenities that a modern city has. Compared to other parts of the country, Colombo
Colombo
has the highest degree of infrastructure. Electricity, water and transport to street lamps, phone booths, etc. have a considerably good standard. The majority of the major shopping malls in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
are in the city, of which all are wi-fi enabled. Apart from that, many luxurious hotels, clubs and restaurants are in the city. In recent times there has been an outpour of high rise condominiums, mainly due to the very high land prices.[48] Harbour[edit]

Container handling at Colombo
Colombo
Port.

Colombo Harbour
Colombo Harbour
is the largest and one of the busiest ports in Sri Lanka. Colombo
Colombo
was established primarily as a port city during the colonial era, with an artificial harbour that has been expanded over the years. The Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Navy maintains a naval base, SLNS Rangalla, within the harbour. The Port of Colombo
Port of Colombo
handled 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2008, 10.6% up on 2007 (which itself was 9.7% up on 2006), bucking the global economic trend. Of those, 817,000 were local shipments with the rest transshipments. With a capacity of 5.7 million TEUs and a dredged depth of over 15 m (49 ft),[2] the Colombo
Colombo
Harbour is one of the busiest ports in the world, and ranks among the top 25 ports (23rd). Transport[edit] Bus[edit] Main article: Colombo
Colombo
Bus
Bus
Routes Colombo
Colombo
has an extensive public transport system based on buses operated both by private operators and the government owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB). The three primary bus terminals — Bastian Mawatha, Central, and the Gunasinghapura Bus
Bus
Terminals — are in Pettah. Bastian Mawatha handles long distance services whereas Gunasinghapura and Central handle local services. Rail[edit]

Commuter Rail within the city

Main article: Rail transport in Sri Lanka Train transport in the city is limited since most trains are meant for transport to and from the city rather than within it and are often overcrowded. However, the Central Bus
Bus
Stand and Fort
Fort
Railway Station function as the island's primary hub for bus and rail transport respectively. Up until the 1970s the city had tram services, which were discontinued. Other means of transport includes auto rickshaws (commonly called "three wheelers") and taxicabs. Three wheelers are entirely operated by individuals and hardly regulated whilst cab services are run by private companies and are metered.

Main Line – Colombo
Colombo
Fort
Fort
to Veyangoda; onwards to Kandy, Badulla, Matale, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Kankesanturai.Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Talaimannar
Talaimannar
(presently just Madhu Road). Coastal Line – Colombo
Colombo
to Panadura; onwards to Galle
Galle
and Matara. Puttalam Line
Puttalam Line
Colombo
Colombo
to Ja-Ela; onwards to Negombo
Negombo
and Puttalam. Kelani Valley Line
Kelani Valley Line
Colombo
Colombo
to Avissawella.

Roads[edit] Post-war development in the Colombo
Colombo
area also involves the construction of numerous expressway grade arterial road routes. The first of these constructed is the Southern Expressway, which goes from Kottawa, a southern suburb of Colombo, to Matara City in the south of the country. Expressways under construction in the Colombo metropolitan area include the Colombo–Katunayake Expressway
Colombo–Katunayake Expressway
which was opened in October 2013 and the Colombo
Colombo
orbital bypass Outer Circular Highway (Arthur C. Clarke Expressway) which is due to be opened in 2014. The Colombo-Katunayake Expressway
Colombo-Katunayake Expressway
(E03) runs from Peliyagoda, a nourthern suburb of Colombo, to Colombo
Colombo
International Airport and it linked with one of the major commercial hubs and a major tourist destination of the country, the city of Negombo.[49][50]

A1 highway connects Colombo
Colombo
with Kandy. A2 highway connects Colombo
Colombo
with Galle
Galle
and Matara A3 highway connects Colombo
Colombo
with Negombo
Negombo
and Puttalam A4 highway connects Colombo
Colombo
with Ratnapura
Ratnapura
and Batticaloa

Ferry[edit] An international ferry liner, the Scotia Prince, is conducting a ferry service to Tuticorin, India. Ferry services between the two countries have been revived after more than 20 years.[51] Air[edit]

Ratmalana
Ratmalana
Airport

Ratmalana
Ratmalana
Airport is the city's airport, located 15 km (9.3 mi) south of the city centre. It commenced operating in 1935 and was the country's first international airport until it was replaced by Bandaranaike Airport
Bandaranaike Airport
in 1967. Ratmalana
Ratmalana
Airport now primarily services domestic flights, aviation training and international corporate flights. Landmarks[edit]

Colombo
Colombo
Skyline – 2017

The two World Trade Centre towers used to be the most recognized landmarks of the city. Before they were completed in 1997, the adjacent Bank of Ceylon
Bank of Ceylon
tower was the tallest structure and the most prominent city landmark. Before the skyscrapers were built it was the Old Parliament Building that stood majestically in the Fort
Fort
district with the Old Colombo Lighthouse
Old Colombo Lighthouse
close to it. Another important landmark is the Independence Hall at Independence Square in Cinnamon Gardens. Even before the parliament was built some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Mosque
was recognized as the landmark of Colombo
Colombo
by sailors approaching the port. The mosque is still one of the most visited tourist sites in Colombo. Another landmark is St.Paul's Church Milagiriya, one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka, first built by the Portuguese and re-built by the British in 1848. The Fort
Fort
district has Cargills & Millers complex that is protected by a special government law from demolition. This is done mainly to preserve the historic beauty of the Fort
Fort
area. The Galle Face Green
Galle Face Green
is the city's largest and most elegant promenade. Lined with palm trees and adjacent to the coast, this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity. The green is especially busy on Fridays and Saturdays. In the evenings it plays host to families and children playing sports and flying kites, lovers embracing under umbrellas and health enthusiasts taking their evening walks. There are numerous small food stalls and a small stretch of beach. The green was recently[when?] given a makeover and since then has been even more popular with the local community. The Green frequently hosts international and local concerts and performances, such as the recently concluded World Drum Festival. Cannons that were once mounted on the rampart of the old fort of Colombo
Colombo
laid out for observance and prestige at the Green, giving a colonial touch to the city. The famous colonial styled Galle
Galle
Face Hotel, known as Asia's Emerald on the Green since 1864, is adjacent to Galle
Galle
Face Green. The hotel has played host to distinguished guests including the British Royal Family
British Royal Family
and other royal guests and celebrities. After a stay at the hotel, Princess Alexandra of Denmark commented that "the peacefulness and generosity encountered at the Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
cannot be matched."[52] Also facing Galle
Galle
Face Green is the Ceylon Inter-Continental
Ceylon Inter-Continental
Hotel, Sri Lanka's first five-star hotel. Around the corner from Galle
Galle
Face are prominent coffee bars, chic bars and boutiques. Education[edit]

Royal College Colombo, the oldest public school in the city.

Education institutions in Colombo
Colombo
have a long history. Colombo
Colombo
has many of the prominent public schools in the country, some of them government-owned and others private. Most of the prominent schools in the city date back to the 1800s when they were established during the British colonial rule,[53] such as the Royal College Colombo established in 1835. Certain urban schools of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
have some religious alignment; this is partly due to the influence of British who established Christian missionary schools.[54][55] These include the Anglican, Bishop's College(1875); the Methodist, Wesley College Colombo
Colombo
(1874); the Buddhist, Ananda College
Ananda College
(1886); the Muslim, Zahira College (1892); the St.Benedict's College (1985), the Catholic, St. Joseph's College (1896). The religious alignments do not affect the curriculum of the school except for the demographics of the student population.[54] Colombo
Colombo
has many International Schools that have come up in the recent years. Higher education in the city has a long history, beginning with the establishment of the Colombo Medical School
Colombo Medical School
(1870), the Colombo
Colombo
Law College (1875), School of Agriculture (1884) and the Government Technical College (1893). The first step in the creation of a University in Colombo
Colombo
was taken in 1913 with the establishment of the University College Colombo
University College Colombo
which prepared students for the external examinations of the University of London. This was followed by the establishment of the University of Ceylon
University of Ceylon
in Colombo.[56] Today the University of Colombo
University of Colombo
and the University of the Visual & Performing Arts are state universities in the city. The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology has a metropolitan campus in the city centre. There are several private higher education institutions in the city. See also: Education in Sri Lanka Architecture[edit]

The Murugan
Murugan
Hindu
Hindu
temple in the Slave Island
Slave Island
area

Colombo
Colombo
has wildly varying architecture that span centuries and depict many styles. Colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British exist alongside structures built in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and Contemporary architectural styles. No other place is this more evident in the Fort
Fort
area. Here one may find new towering skyscrapers as well as historic buildings dating far back as the 1700s.[57][58] Colombo
Colombo
Fort[edit] The Portuguese were the first colonists to settle in Colombo; establishing a small trading post, they had laid the foundations for a small fort which in time became the largest colonial fort in the island. The Dutch expanded the fort thus creating a well old fortified harbour. This came into the possession of the British in the late 1700s and by the late 19th century the seeing no threat to the Colombo Harbour, began demolishing the ramparts to make way for the development of the city. Although now there is nothing left of the fortifications, the area which was once the fort is still referred to as Fort. The area outside is Pettah or පිටකොටුව Pitakotuwa in Sinhalese which means outer fort.[57][58]

The VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie) logo of Dutch East India Company on the gates of Wolvendaal Church

Dutch-era buildings[edit] There are none of the buildings of the Portuguese era and only a few from the Dutch period. These include the oldest building in the fort area, the former Dutch Hospital, the Dutch House which is now the Colombo Dutch Museum
Colombo Dutch Museum
and several churches. The President's House (formerly the Queen's House) was originally the Dutch governor's house, and successive British governors made it their office and residence. However, it has undergone much change since the Dutch period. Adjoining the President's House are the Gordon Gardens, now off limits to the public.[57][58][59] British-era buildings[edit] Much of the old buildings of the fort area and in other parts of the city date back to the British times, these include governmental, commercial buildings and private houses. Some of the notable government building of British colonial architecture includes; the old Parliament building which is now the Presidential Secretariat, the Republic Building which houses the Ministry of Foreign affairs, but once housed the Ceylon Legislative council, the General Treasury Building, the old General Post Office an Edwardian style building opposite the President's House, the Prime Minister's Office, the Central Telegraph Office, the Mathematics department of the University of Colombo
Colombo
(formally the Royal College, Colombo).[56] Notable commercial buildings of the British era include the Galle
Galle
Face Hotel, Cargills & Millers' complex, and Grand Oriental Hotel.[57][58]

The historical Cargills & Millers building continues as the headquarters of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC

The Old Parliament Building near the Galle
Galle
Face Green, now the Presidential Secretariat

The Neoclassical style Colombo
Colombo
National Museum

Culture[edit] Annual cultural events and fairs[edit]

Vesak
Vesak
Thorana In Colombo

Christmas Celebrations In Colombo

Colombo's most beautiful festival is the celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death all falling on the same day.[60] In Sinhala this is known as Vesak.[60] During this festival, much of the city is decorated with lanterns, lights and special displays of light (known as thoran). The festival falls in mid May and lasts a week. Many Sri Lankans visit the city to see the lantern competitions and decorations. During this week people distribute, rice, drinks and other food items for free in dunsal which means charity place. These dunsal are popular amongst visitors from the suburbs. Since there is a large number of Muslims in Colombo. Eid Ul Fitr and Eid Ul Adha are two Islamic festivals that are celebrated in Colombo. Many businesses flourish during the eventual countdown for Eid Ul Fitr which is a major Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims after a month-long fasting. Colombo
Colombo
is generally very busy during the eve of the festivals as people do their last minute shopping. Christmas is another major festival. Although Sri Lanka's Christians make up only just over 7% of the population, Christmas is one of the island's biggest festivals. Most streets and commercial buildings light up from the beginning of December and festive sales begin at all shopping centres and department stores. Caroling and nativity plays are frequent sights during the season. The Sinhala and Hindu
Hindu
Aluth Awurudda' is a cultural event that takes place on 13 and 14 April. This is the celebration of the Sinhala and Hindu
Hindu
new year. The festivities include many events and traditions that display a great deal of Sri Lankan culture. Several old clubs of the city give a glimpse of the British equestrian life style; these include the Colombo
Colombo
Club, Orient Club, the 80 Club, the Colombo Cricket
Cricket
Club. Performing arts[edit]

The Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
is a major venue for the performing arts

Colombo
Colombo
has several performing arts centers which are popular for their musical and theatrical performances. The most famous performing arts centers are the Lionel Wendt Theatre, the Elphinstone, and Tower Hall, all of which have a very rich history and made for western style productions. The Navarangahala
Navarangahala
found in the city is the country's first national theatre designed and build for Asian and local style musical and theatrical productions. The Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
is a world-class theatre that opened in December 2011.[61] Designed in the form of the Lotus Pond in Polonnaruwa,[62] the theatre is a major theatre destination. Museums and art collections[edit] The National Museum of Colombo, established on 1 January 1877 during the tenure of the British Colonial Governor Sir
Sir
William Henry Gregory, is in the Cinnamon Gardens
Cinnamon Gardens
area.[63] The museum houses the crown jewels and throne of the last king of the kingdom of Kandy, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha.[64] There is also the Colombo Dutch Museum
Colombo Dutch Museum
detailing the Dutch colonial history of the country. Colombo
Colombo
does not boast a very big art gallery. There is a small collection of random Sri Lankan paintings at the Art Gallery in Green Path; next to it is the Natural History Museum. Sports[edit] One of the most popular sports in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
is cricket. The country emerged as champions of the 1996 Cricket
Cricket
World Cup and became runners up in 2007 and 2011. In the ICC World Twenty20
ICC World Twenty20
they became runners up in 2009 and 2012 and winners in 2014. The sport is played in parks, playgrounds, beaches and even in the streets. Colombo
Colombo
is the home for two of the country's most popular international cricket stadiums, Sinhalese Sports Club's cricket stadium and R. Premadasa
Premadasa
Stadium (named after late president Premadasa). Colombo
Colombo
has the distinction of being the only city in the world to have four cricket test venues in the past: Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Sinhalese Sports Club
Sinhalese Sports Club
Ground, Colombo Cricket Club
Colombo Cricket Club
Ground and Ranasinghe Premadasa
Premadasa
Stadium. The Sugathadasa Stadium
Sugathadasa Stadium
is an international standard stadium for athletics, swimming and football, also held the South Asian Games in 1991 and 2006. Situated in Colombo the Royal Colombo Golf Club
Royal Colombo Golf Club
is one of the oldest in Asia. Other sporting clubs in Colombo
Colombo
include Colombo
Colombo
Swimming Club, Colombo Rowing Club and the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka. Rugby is also a popular sport at the club and school level. Colombo has its own local football team Colombo FC
Colombo FC
and the sport is being developed as a part of the FIFA Goal program. The Colombo
Colombo
Port
Port
City is to include a new Formula One track, constructed in the vicinity of the Colombo
Colombo
Harbour. According to Dr. Priyath Wickrama, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Ports Authority, an eight lane F1 track will "definitely" be a part of the New Port
Port
City. This would host The Sri Lankan Grand Prix. Colombo Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon established in 1998. Media[edit] Almost all major media businesses in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
operate from Colombo. The state media has its offices in Bullers Road and does carry out regional transmission from there. This includes the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), formerly known as Radio Ceylon
Radio Ceylon
and the Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Rupavahini Corporation. The SLBC is the oldest radio station in South Asia
South Asia
and the second oldest in the world. Many of the private broadcasting companies have their offices and transmission stations in or around Colombo. As with most metro areas, radio bands are highly utilised for radio communications. Some of the prominent radio stations broadcasting in the Colombo
Colombo
area are Sirasa FM, FM Derana, Hiru FM, Shakthi FM, Vettri FM, Sooriyan FM, Kiss FM, Lite FM, Yes FM, Gold FM, Sith FM, Y FM and many more. Television networks operating in the Colombo
Colombo
metro area include the state-owned television broadcasting networks which are broadcast from the Rupavahini Corporation of Sri Lanka, broadcasting television in the official languages Sinhala and Tamil. English language television is also broadcast, more targeted to the demographics of the English speaking Sri Lankans, expatriate communities and tourists. There are as well several private operators. Many of the privately run television stations networks were often based upon operational expansions of pre-existing commercial radio networks and broadcast infrastructure. See also: Television in Sri Lanka Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Country City State / Region Since

   Nepal Biratnagar Morang District 1874

 Russia Saint Petersburg Northwestern Federal District 1997

 China Shanghai Shanghai
Shanghai
Municipality 2003

 United Kingdom Leeds West Yorkshire 2008

 Mongolia Ulan Bator - 2012

 Maldives Malé Kaafu Atoll 2013

 Maldives Maroshi Shaviyani Atoll 2015

Gallery[edit]

Colombo's colonial heritage is visible throughout the city, as in the historical Wolvendaal Church, established by the Dutch in 1749

The Nelum Pokuna Theatre
Nelum Pokuna Theatre
at night

British era Legislative Council Building, Colombo
Colombo
fort. Today it houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Town Hall of Colombo
Town Hall of Colombo
at night, it is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council
Colombo Municipal Council
and the office of the Mayor of Colombo

The Edwardian style old General Post Office

A Test match between Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and England at the SSC Ground, Colombo, March 2001

St. Lucia's Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop
Archbishop
of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo

Beira Lake
Beira Lake
and southern side of the Gangaramaya Temple

The Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
is one of the oldest Mosques in Colombo

Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour
Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour
is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Colombo

The statue of Sir
Sir
Charles Henry de Soysa
Charles Henry de Soysa
at De Soysa-Liptons Circus, is the first of a native, in Colombo.[65]

The Viharamahadevi Park, (formerly Victoria Park) is the oldest and largest park of Colombo

Built in 1857, the Old Colombo Lighthouse
Old Colombo Lighthouse
also known as the Colombo Fort
Fort
Clock Tower is the oldest clock-tower

The BMICH
BMICH
Conference Hall, is the largest such venue

See also[edit]

Colombo
Colombo
Port
Port
City Colombo
Colombo
Town Guard Colombo
Colombo
Town Hall Kandy List of East Asian ports List of Mayors of Colombo List of tallest buildings and structures in Sri Lanka National War Memorial, Colombo Place names in Sri Lanka South Asian capitals Yachting Association of Sri Lanka

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The following books contain major components on Colombo:

Changing Face of Colombo
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(1501–1972): Covering the Portuguese, Dutch and British Periods, by R.L. Brohier, 1984 (Lake House, Colombo) The Port of Colombo
Port of Colombo
1860–1939, K. Dharmasena, 1980 (Lake House, Colombo) Decolonizing Ceylon: Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Space in Sri Lanka, by Nihal Perera, 1999 (Oxford University Press)

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Colombo
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Government

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Colombo
Municipal Council Colombo
Colombo
Town Hall Mayor of Colombo

Geography

Greater Colombo Colombo
Colombo
District Western Province Beira Lake Colombo
Colombo
Harbour

Buildings and landmarks

Historical

President's House Old Parliament Temple Trees Galle
Galle
Face Hotel Old Colombo
Colombo
Dutch Hospital

Parks and Gardens

Galle
Galle
Face Green Havelock Park Viharamahadevi Park

Culture

National Museum of Colombo Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre Colombo
Colombo
Dutch Museum

Sports

SSC Stadium R. Premadasa
Premadasa
Stadium Colombo
Colombo
Cricket
Cricket
Club Royal Colombo
Colombo
Golf Club Colombo
Colombo
Sports Clubs Colombo
Colombo
Racecourse Sugathadasa Stadium

Education

University of Colombo Royal College Colombo Ceylon Medical College Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Law College List of schools in Colombo

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Suburbs of Colombo

Colombo
Colombo
Inner

Bambalapitiya Bloemendhal Borella Cinnamon Gardens Dematagoda Fort
Fort
(Colombo) Grandpass Havelock Town Hultsdorf Kirilapone Kollupitiya Kotahena Kohuwala Madampitiya Maligawatta Maradana Mattakkuliya Modara Narahenpita Pamankada Panchikawatte Pettah Slave Island Union Place Welikada Wellawatte

Sri J'pura-Kotte

Ethul Kotte Nawala Nugegoda Pita Kotte Rajagiriya Welikada

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Attidiya Dehiwala Kalubowila Kohuwala Mount-Lavinia Nedimala Ratmalana

Colombo
Colombo
Outer

Battaramulla Homagama Ja-Ela Kadawatha Kaduwela Kandana Kiribathgoda Kolonnawa Koswatte Kottawa Maharagama Malabe Moratuwa Pannipitiya Peliyagoda Piliyandala Ragama Thalawathugoda Wattala Wickramasinhapura

Main Article: Colombo

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Provincial capitals of Sri Lanka

Colombo Kandy Galle Jaffna Trincomalee Kurunegala Anuradhapura Badulla Ratnapura

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Sri Lankan cities with a 50,000+ population

500,000 and more

Colombo

200,000–499,999

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Moratuwa

50,000–249,999

Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Negombo Kandy Kalmunai Vavuniya Galle Trincomalee Batticaloa Jaffna Katunayake Dambulla Kolonnawa Anuradhapura Ratnapura

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Metropolitan cities of Sri Lanka

National capitals#

Colombo* (Commercial) Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
(Administrative)

Municipal councils

Kandy* Anuradhapura* Galle* Jaffna* Ratnapura* Badulla* Kurunegala*

Kaduwela Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Moratuwa Negombo Kalmunai Batticaloa Matara Gampaha Matale Akkaraipattu Bandarawela Nuwara Eliya Dambulla Hambantota

Urban councils

Trincomalee*

Ambalangoda Ampara Balangoda Beruwala Boralesgamuwa Chavakachcheri Chilaw Embilipitiya Eravur Gampola Haputale Hatton-Dickoya Hikkaduwa Horana Ja-Ela Kadugannawa Kalutara Kattankudy Katunayake
Katunayake
Seeduwa Kegalle Kesbewa Kinniya Kolonnawa Kuliyapitiya Maharagama Mannar Minuwangoda Nawalapitiya Panadura Peliyagoda Point Pedro Puttalam Seethawakapura Talawakelle-Lindula Tangalle Valvettithurai Vavuniya Wattala Wattegama Weligama

Note: * also a Provincial capital, # also a Municipal council

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 138381336 LCCN: n81028138 GND: 4010404-7 BNF: cb1195

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