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"Wellawatta, "Little Jaffna" - Colombo 6" Top 5 Page for this destination Day Trip Tip by mafi_moya

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  A Hindu kovil
by mafi_moya

The suburb of Wellawatta is often described as 'Little Jaffna,' a reference to the high number of Tamils living in the area. Tourists often drive through it on their way south but rarely stop, which is a shame as it's an interesting area with some splendid Hindu temples.

Like Colpetty and Bambalapitiya, it's based along the coast and the Galle Road and keeps the trend of becoming more run-down as you go further south. There are lots of street stalls packed from floor to ceiling with all kinds of goods, and narrow, rickety old shops badly in need of a coat of paint. It has a lot more character than Colombo 3 and 4 and is well worth a wander around. Oh and despite its poorer status it also has the best cinema in Colombo, the Savoy on Galle Road.

As arguably the city's main Hindu area it's a particularly great place to go at Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, when the streets and houses are filled with decorations and celebrations.

Even though it's in the heart of the city there's also a good beach that's very popular with locals, but sees few tourists. There are ruins of a ship just off the coast that's good to swim out to and dive off. To get there just take a side street off Galle Road, step over the train tracks and you're in a whole new world of sun, sand and sea.

Phone: +94 77 605 8001

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  • Updated Sep 16, 2004
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