Colonial Architecture in Sri Lanka

The marvel of Sri Lanka

When I went to Sri Lanka, I had no idea what to expect. The trip was sudden and I didn’t know much about the country apart from the facts that it has recently been torn by a war and Ceylon tea comes from there. Without further ado, I jumped on a plane to Colombo and travelled down south to seep myself into a world of Sri Lanka’s colonial history.

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I made Fort Galle my base for the next few days and from there I travelled around the area, preparing a report regarding old properties. This assignment gave me an opportunity to see Sri Lanka from a perspective that is not granted if you go there just for holidays.

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Gems of Sri Lanka

I scouted many properties and it’s obvious that, unless already renovated, they are in an urgent need of restoration, as the buildings are crumbling down. Some of the Colonial houses are in the hands of foreigners or rich Sri Lankans, and this is the most popular way to save the properties and give them a new life.

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The Colonial houses around Galle come from the end of XIX and beginning of XX century. This was a time of prosperity as the international trade flourished, even though Sri Lanka was occupied by the British until 1948. The common story is that a mansion was built by a local family, which was often rich because of the trade.

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A few generations later, the house is slowly falling into ruin. Families are unable to keep properties in good state as maintaining buildings of this kind comes with substantial expenses. The fact that many young people have been moving to Colombo, doesn’t help to keep the houses in good shape. It’s usually grandmas and grandpas who dwell in these pearls of Colonial architecture, too weak and too tired to do anything to maintain the place.

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While going around the amazing properties, I felt in love with the people dwelling in those houses and couldn’t resist the acrid beauty unfolding on every step.

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Needless to say, I could go back to Sri Lanka any time and I can only hope this will happen sooner than later!

What about you? Have you been to Sri Lanka? What are your thoughts regarding the place?

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