Experience Pettah Frantic, yet charming

Take a stroll through the streets of Pettah and experience the cultural diversity of Colombo first hand. This vibrant neighbourhood is enclosed by the harbour, the Colombo Fort and the Fort Railway Station. Pettah is Colombo’s largest, most functional market place. It is loud, crowded and indefinitely full of interesting things. The maze of Pettah streets are filled with all kinds of goods, ranging from colourful fabrics, gold, electronic devices to vegetable and spices with every street named for its own speciality. You can visit the market a million times, yet it will never cease to be interesting. At a first glance, the place seems chaotic and bordering on the mad, with the streets being packed inch to inch by trishaws, hawkers and wooden wagons. But if you know Pettah and you know where to hunt, you can walk away with some very cool stuff at ridiculous prices. Upon experiencing the frantic mix of commerce and chaos, continue to stroll down to the Dutch Museum located in the ever crowded second cross street. This unique museum was originally the 17th century residence of the Dutch governor and has been used as a Catholic Seminary, a Military Hospital and a Post Office. Even though the exhibit is modest by nature, it includes Dutch Colonial furniture and other artifacts resembling the life back then. The lovely courtyard has nice a pastel feel which invites you to rest and relax.

By: Kuntil Baruwa

Kuntil Baruwa is our explorer-in-residence. He travels all over the Indian sub-continent to make friends with locals and use their recommendations to design unique experiences for the inquisitive savvy traveller.

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