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“An Icon of Positive Transformation” 4 of 5 stars
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Colombo Fort
Galle Buck, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“An Icon of Positive Transformation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

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!

Visited December 2013
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“Can be developped more beatiful for it's small size”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Colombo fort is a good area for tourist. But not the best. Other than some spots most of the areas are poorly planned like pettah. Very crouded and trafficful area. We can't travel in a car. Very old buildings. For the coparable size of this country and town, it can be developped as more attractive and more beatiful like singapore. May the politics be the reason.

Visited October 2013
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“Galle face, Colombo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We had a marvelous trip to Colombo this year. Sitting on the 14th floor of my friend's office at the World Trade Center is a breathtaking view of the Galle Face, a boulevard beside the Indian Ocean. It's located in the business hub of Sri Lanka. The famous and oldest Galle Face Hotel stands tall in all it's grandeur and is located here. The Fort of Colombo begins where Galle Face ends at the old Parliament Building which is the current Presidential Secretariat. The Beira lake is a beautiful as I sit and watch up from the tallest building. The town is splashed everywhere with old colonial architecture standing in it's opulence. The Taj Samudra, The Galadari Meridian and the Colombo Hilton, Fort Police Station, the old Dutch Hospital are found in this area. The streets are impeccably clean.The Coffee Shop at Cinnamon Grand is worth a visit. The Lagoon at Cinnamon Grand has the best seafood I have had till date. Incomparable! Colombo is worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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“No Fort anymore ... but fond memories of the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Where the Portuguese brave navigators first landed, back in the 16th century, and established their trade port, turned later on into a fort, stands Colombo Fort Area. The fort, taken by the Dutch in 1656 and passed over to the British in 1815, was demolished in 1870. Ramparts and fortifications are completely gone, and now one will find there Colombo's busy financial and commercial district. Two modern towers, with 36 floors each one, house the World Trade Center of Colombo. Historical buildings, remaining from the colonial period, can also be seen in the Fort Area: the General Post Office, the Old Lighthouse and many others. This combination between old and new will give you a good opportunity to see how fast Sri Lanka is moving toward future. Enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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“Blend of flovours and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Colombo Fort in the busiest cities in Sri Lanka. From Five star hotels to best resturents to central train station to central bus stand. I visit this city every day, since I work within the city.
You can walk near the beach or go shopping at a lukury mall or dine in a 5 star hotel or even experaince the every day life of a typical Sri Lankan with the hussle bussle...

Point to remember>>
Pls. be wear of pick pocketers or any other kind. Make sure you do not carry your valuable loose leaf...
Make sure you have bit of LKR to pay your travelling>>There are licensed money exchanges who can make sure you have cash
Always get in to a METER- taxi>> 3 wheelers (bajaj,tuk tuk)
Try not to walk around ater 7pm unless very much urgent... you can find decent transpotation if required~

Visited April 2013
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