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Moratuwa – Our Little Rome

Moratuwa is thought to take its name from Mura-Atuwa which meant ‘Sentry Turret’ in Sinhala. This sentry post which once existed in Kaldemulla is said to have been manned by the Dutch who colonized our coastal districts in the 17th and 18th centuries. This lovely town is traversed by the …

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Ratmalana – Outskirts of Colombo

Ratmalana takes its name from the Ratmal flower (Ixora coccinea) which as its Sinhala name suggests is red-hued. It is a native of India and Sri Lanka and much used in native medicine. Although once a quite suburb in the outskirts of Colombo, it was during British times traversed by …

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