Colombo Fort of today is the remnant of the gift from the colonial era. Although merely "Fort" by name today, it has been a center of bustling commerce, vital vein of commerce and center of networking among traders and travelers from near and far. The challenging times through the thick and thin of the civil war had seen this place transform from center to a mere corner people patronized for essential needs. The bombs that exploded at the sites of the Central Bank, Central Telegraph Office (CTO) and the central bus and rail stations etc. are grim reminders of the immense loss of life and limb of the common people. However, a well kept city is in the offing providing hope, opportunity and convenience.
One can already witness the tasteful transformation of a nation within Fort by visiting the Dutch Hospital, the World Trade Center and other buildings that are coming up.
Traffic flow too is under the radar of optimization and the one way flows bear witness to this. One can often witness police mounted division horses utilized for traffic direction during peak hours.
Fort is best toured in an air-conditioned cab. There are a few cab services offering Indian Nano taxis which are reasonably priced. I would not hang out here after business hours.
The Beira Lake too is being cleaned and surroundings modernized to accommodate modern life.
Fort hosts the Central Bus Station for both private and Public transport including the Railway Station.
Enjoy your tour of Colombo Fort!
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