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The College House is the home of dancer Ranjana Thangarajah. A large spacious colonial home filled with history, It is located 3 kilometres on the North of Colombo close to the Harbour and 3 kilometres to Fort.
One of 5 double rooms inside a lovely home all rooms is booked individually. The best location for easy access to and from the international airport exit point, railway and central business district of Fort.

The colonial home of a famous Sri Lankan Dancer in the 50s, Ranjana Thangarajah.
The house is in Colombo North, centrally located to facilitate quick access to the international airport and Pettah and Fort. It is in the old historic part of Colombo. In early British times, the residential areas of Colombo were in the Northside of the Fort comprising of Kotahena Mutwal, Hultsdorp and Grandpass. The British built grand houses in which leading citizens lived. Most of these houses have since disappeared. The College House in North Colombo near the Port, close to Fort remains one of the few old houses from a bygone era.

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The College House is the home of dancer Ranjana Thangarajah. A large spacious colonial home filled with history, It is located 3 kilometres on the North of Colombo close to the Harbour and 3 kilometres to Fort.
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Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

The Neighborhood is in the old and historic part of Colombo North. It is located 2 – 3 minutes from the Colombo Port and Port City development and is in close proximity to Colombo’s Central Business District and other core facilities.
The house is close to some of the oldest temples, churches and mosques located in Colombo.
The Buddhist temple with a history of nearly 300 years is just down the road towards Kotahena side. Formally constructed in 1785, the Deepaduttaramaya became famous as the epicentre of Buddhist revival when the Ven Migettuewatte Sri Gunanada Thera took up residence in 1862 to launch the famous Five Great Debates, known as the Pancha Maha Vadaya. It was from this temple that The Buddhist flag was first raised and Vesak was declared .

Kotahena is a neighbourhood to give you an authentic local experience. The area is bustling, lively and colourful.
The shops are open late into the night and everyone should sample the delicious street food (dosas, hoppers, kottu etc) by taking a walk towards Kotahena Proper past the Kotahena Police, built in the 1870s. Perera and Sons situated at the end of Mayfield Road have delicious Sri Lankan Rice and Curry Chicken or Fish with vegetables take away Lunch Packets for Rs 200. Try their Lamprais, a spiced Rice from a Dutch recipe baked in Banana Leaves, rs 350. The best upmarket version Lamprais at Rs 1200 is in Steurt Hotel down Hospital Street behind the Dutch Hospital.
The Flag and Whistle Pub is walking distance for a beer and a harbour view.

Pettah and Fort
Fort and Pettah have stood next to each other for 400 years but they still remain worlds apart.
The wholesale markets of Pettah have made this part of Colombo
one of the most vibrant and colourful parts of Colombo. In Sinhalese called Pitta-Kottuwa, literally translating to Outer Fort, Pettah is known for its bustling and noisy open-air bazaars and markets. Each thoroughfare has its own speciality
Pettah is also of the most ethnically mixed parts of the city and the streets are dotted with several interesting Mosques, Hindu Kovils, Churches and Buddhist Temples. Check out the first city Town Hall, a museum now by the wholesale vegetable markets on Main Street.
One of the most striking buildings, even visible from the sea as reported by the Portuguese was the Colombo Grand Mosque, supposed to have been built by the Arab traders in 1505, located at New Moor Street.

Fort is full of hidden gems of the city’s port city heritage and history. The Cargills Department store a faded but spectacular building and a prominent landmark, was once the temporary residence of the first British governor North. There is the Mackinnons building, The St Peter’s church, the foundations of which date to the Portuguese era, the view from the sailors club down the alley next to the Grand Oriental Hotel. Chatham Street’s arcades and shop-houses and tea houses on Baron Jayathilake Mawatha. Chatham Street’s clock tower is perhaps the oldest in Asia and its original time keeping mechanism came from the same people who kitted out London’s Big Ben?
Or that visible pieces and plaques from the 17th-century Dutch building that previously stood on the site are incorporated into the interior walls of the Cargill building?
At the bottom of HSBC’s palatial Fort headquarters is the firm’s colonial era emblem – a ship laden with opium sailing to China? (Sadly they changed this in favour of the more PC hexagon at some point in the 21st century).
Chatham Street, intersected by Queens Street on the west and York Street further east where the main streets that housed both businesses and homes. Prince Street, parallel to Chatham Street ran straight down joining up with Main Street which flowed into the Pettah. The Grand Oriental Hotel, commonly referred to as the GOH, stood magnificent and tall by the port. Today it has been converted to the Hotel Taprobane a little faded but still with the best view of the Habour.

York Street bordered the eastern wall and moat of the old Dutch Fort. This stretch gave way to the Registrar General's office, the Bristol Hotel, the National Bank of India, and Victoria Arcade. Later, they too gave way to the more modern structures of concrete that have surfaced today.
Baillie Street, now Mudalige Mawatha, was wedged in between Chatham Street and Prince Street, parallel to both, and serviced the tourists with their needs of trinkets, souvenir's, tea, jewellery, and gems.
Queen's House, now referred to as President's House, stood on Queen Street, bringing back memories of so many memorable days of Portuguese, Dutch and British political rule, power and fisticuffs.
The lighthouse clock tower stood gallantly at the intersection of Chatham Street and Queen Street where it still stands tall. It was first built in 1857 and its conception and planning were carried out as far back as 1815.
Other Attractions
Galle Face Green is a ribbon of green space located in the heart of the city along the Indian Ocean coast, The Galle Face Hotel is a historic landmark and its lawn by the sea is a great place for sundowners.
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.
The 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 and features a large Buddha statue.
Many old sites and buildings were revamped to modern public recreational spaces and shopping precincts. These include IndependenceMemorial Hall Square and Arcade, Pettah Floating Market and Old Dutch Hospital among others. A visit to Barefoot, Paradise Road, Odel and Cotton Collection, Laksala, Lakpahana are for shoppers. Ceyfish Restaurant and Green Cabin and Pagoda is good for Sri Lankan food.
Getting around
Directions From Fort and Pettah Railway Station and Bus Stand. Approx cost to College House by tuk-tuk Rupees 280 to 300.
Always flag a passing tuk-tuk advisable not to take a parked tuk-tuk by the Railway station.
Go past the Hilton Hotel. Take the road hugging the Port parallel to Main Street towards Srimath Ramanathan Road and go past St. Anthony's Church, the traffic signal by the Foreshore Police station without turning into Kotahena proper. Continue towards Aluthmawatha Road past the Ceylon Tobacco Company and Setmil Maritime Building. Pass the Gal-Pali ( old Stone Church), 18th Lane and turn towards College Street. The College House Number 52 is in the middle of College Street and has an old green wall. Please stop by the small grill gate. There is an old bell.
To go to Fort Railway station there are meter tuks outside the gate. It will cost rs 250 to Fort Railway station and the Dutch Hospital.

For Food explore the local cafes around Kotahna, the Flag and Whistle for a beer and fusion menu with a view of the harbour are walking distance from the house on the Harbour side towards Fort.
For South Indian dosas, Thali meals (Rice and assortment of vegetable curries) go to Sri Surya on Sea Street. You can also call in for delivery.
Around Kotahena Shri Vaishavi Vihar on the Kotahena High Street has cheap South Indian opposite the second Hindu Temple passing the Kotahena Police station.
The very local small Dharbar Hotel passing the Kotahena Police is good for taking away kottu, veg or chicken (shredded roti) or plain or egg hoppers after 7pm.
Perera and Sons at the end of Mayfield Road for take away lunch packets costing Rs 200 for chicken or fish with vegetables and kotthu and string hoppers at night and local pastries.
Take a Tuk to Fort for more elegant dining at the Dutch Hospital, Steuart House for lamprais and Sri Lankan rice and curry. For budget hotels try Pagodas on Chatham Street behind Dutch Hospital for Sri Lankan pastries and rice and curry for lunch and Pillawoos for biriyani and parathas. Hospital Street is a trendy area full of cafes and bars and the food court [more expensive] at the Fairview Hotel. The Re Public is a Pub down Hospital street good to hangout in the evening. For sunset, drinks go to Galle Face Hotel or the Kingsbury Sky bar which unlike Galle Face has a happy hour.
To get away from the heat go to any of the five-star hotel lobby with AC which has inexpensive pastry counters, coffee is expensive in Colombo at Rs 500 for a cup. Tea is cheaper. The Food Court at the Crescat Mall is relatively cheap. there is also a Dialog counter to get sim and data cards at Crescat Mall
The Neighborhood is in the old and historic part of Colombo North. It is located 2 – 3 minutes from the Colombo Port and Port City development and is in close proximity to Colombo’s Central Business District an…

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I am a Journalist. The College House was home to my mother a famous dancer. We welcome travelers to come and stay in this historical house in the oldest part of Colombo's inner city area close to Fort and Pettah.
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