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Colombo 13, Colombo

Colombo 13, known as Kotahena, is a vibrant tapestry of Sri Lanka’s colonial past and bustling present, located along the western coastline of Colombo. This district is steeped in historical significance, reflected through its diverse population, consisting primarily of Tamil Catholics and members of the Colombo Chetty community, whose roots in the area date back to colonial times. Kotahena is celebrated for its religious harmony, hosting the St. Lucia’s Cathedral, one of Sri Lanka's oldest and largest Catholic parish cathedrals, alongside numerous Hindu temples, showcasing the area's rich multicultural fabric.


This area is not just a religious centre; it's also a hub for education with institutions like St. Benedict's College and Good Shepherd Convent, which have been providing quality education for generations. Kotahena's streets buzz with the energy of local markets and shops, echoing the community's lively spirit. Despite its bustling nature, Kotahena retains a sense of tranquillity, with its places of worship offering solace amidst the city’s hustle.

Kotahena’s unique blend of cultural diversity, historical depth, and communal harmony makes it a fascinating chapter in Colombo's urban story, reflecting a seamless blend of the past and present. With landmarks like the St. Lucia’s Cathedral and numerous Hindu temples, it stands as a testament to the area's rich religious and cultural heritage, making it a key district within the greater narrative of Colombo.
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City Insights

tick iconPositioned along the western coast of Colombo, it borders significant areas like Pettah and the Colombo Harbour, enhancing its geographical importance.
tick iconNeighbouring Colombo's main port and central areas, Kotahena benefits from strategic connectivity and transport links.
tick iconCharacterised by its blend of residential areas, local businesses, and industrial zones, contributing to its economic diversity.
tick iconHome to a vibrant mix of Tamil Catholics, the Colombo Chetty community, and Tamil Hindus, showcasing diverse cultural festivals.
tick iconHosts historic religious landmarks like St. Lucia’s Cathedral, reflecting the area's rich multi-faith heritage.
tick iconThe Kotahena Riot of 1883 marks a significant event, underlining the area's colonial past and religious tensions.

Known Landmarks

  • St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade

  • St. Benedict's College, Colombo

  • St. Lucia's Cathedral

  • Harbour View Residencies

  • St. Lucia's College

  • Sri Ponnambala Vaneswarar Kovil

Connectivity

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Bus Routes

102Moratuwa - Kotahena
105Attidiya - Kotahena
112Maharagama - Kotahena
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Nearest Train Stations

2.8kmkmFort Railway Station
3.1kmMaradana Railway Station
3.3kmSecretariat Halt Train Station
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New Developments

tick iconCurrently, there are no new developments reported in this area.
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What’s great here?

tick iconBenefits from excellent connectivity due to its strategic location near major transport hubs via road and rail, as well as its proximity to Colombo's main port and central areas.
tick iconThe area is a cultural hub with a rich tapestry of historical landmarks and religious sites, with several churches, kovils, mosques and temples situated in unison, inviting residents and visitors of all faiths.
tick iconConvenient access to a comprehensive range of public services and amenities.
tick iconKnown for its vibrant community life, supported by a mix of residential areas, local businesses, and educational institutions, fostering a dynamic social environment​​.
tick iconThe dense and active social environment of Kotahena contributes to its vibrant street life, which in turn enhances the area’s overall safety and security through community vigilance.
tick iconDespite its urban setting, Kotahena maintains a balance with tranquil spots provided by its religious and historic sites, offering solace amidst the urban hustle.
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What needs attention?

tick iconAddressing traffic congestion and enhancing public transportation services could improve daily commutes for residents and ease access to and from the district.
tick iconExpansion of local amenities such as parks, recreational facilities, and green spaces would further enhance the quality of life for residents.
tick iconInitiatives to improve street lighting in less frequented areas, traffic safety measures, and public security could enhance the overall safety of the area.
tick iconA notable lack of green spaces coupled with issues of pollution and congestion affect the area’s overall livability.
tick iconRelatively high degree of congestion and overcrowding caused by vehicles and housing units.

Neighbourhood Rating

4

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Connectivity & Commute4.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment3.5 out of 5

Property Price Trends in Colombo 13 for

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Average Price (Last 12 months)
Rs. 23,763.09 sqft
Past 12 months' growth
-2.46%
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Past 3 months' growth
-0.74%
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