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  • Gangaramaya Nawama Maha Perehara – on 09th & 10th February 2017 Thursday 9th February 2017

      The Navam Perahera, held annually in February, displays the rich religious and cul.. more

  • Vesak Festival Monday 30th January 2017

    Vesak is the main Buddhist religious festival in Sri Lanka. During this time, people celebrate th.. more

  • Kala Pola 2017 Monday 16th January 2017

    Drawing inspiration from similar open-air Art Fairs in Europe, notably Montmartre in the French c.. more

During the 8th century Arab traders settled near the port and, in 1505, the Portuguese arrived & the name Colombo was first introduced by them , is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name Kolon thota, meaning "port on the river Kelani". It has also been suggested that the name may be derived from the Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thota which means "harbor with leafy mango trees". By the mid-17th century the Dutch had taken over, growing cinnamon in the area now known as Cinnamon Gardens, but it wasn't until the British arrived that the town became a city and, in 1815, was proclaimed the capital of Ceylon.

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