Colombo 8, Colombo

Colombo 8, known as Borella, is a diverse and dynamic area within Sri Lanka's bustling capital. As one of the most centrally located sectors, it combines the pulse of city life with a touch of tranquillity, courtesy of its sprawling green spaces and wide avenues. This region has evolved into a focal point for both residential and commercial activities, boasting a mix of modern developments and historical sites. With its blend of educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and recreational zones, Colombo 8 offers a balanced lifestyle, making it an attractive destination for families, professionals, and expatriates alike.

Over the years, Colombo 8 has seen substantial infrastructural development aimed at enhancing urban mobility. The region is distinguished not only by its roadways but also by landmarks such as the historic Borella General Cemetery, a peaceful expanse serving as the city's main burial ground across various faiths, underscored by sprawling greenery. Furthermore, Colombo 8's proximity to essential services, including the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children and the Medical Research Institute, positions it as a key area for healthcare and research within Colombo. Educational institutions and recreational facilities, like the Royal Colombo Golf Club, add to the area's appeal, making it suitable for families and professionals alike.

Recent years have seen Colombo 8 evolve into a more residentially focused area, with new housing developments and commercial properties cropping up to meet the growing demand for urban living spaces. Despite its transformation, the district retains a balance between development and green spaces, offering pockets of tranquillity such as parks and tree-lined streets. Colombo 8 exemplifies urban living enriched with history, culture, and the convenience of city life, making it an increasingly popular choice for those looking to dwell in Colombo.
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City Insights

tick iconIts central location makes it an ideal base for accessing the amenities and attractions of the wider city of Colombo.
tick iconEnhanced by recent road developments, it's well-connected by major roads.
tick iconThe economy is witnessing growth with the rise of commercial properties and business establishments.
tick iconThe region's streets and landmarks narrate stories of colonial times and local heritage.
tick iconThe area boasts a rich, multicultural community, with various social and community centres fostering unity.

Known Landmarks

  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

  • Royal Colombo Golf Club

  • All Saints' Church - Borella

  • Lady Ridgeway Hospital

  • Borella Supermarket


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Bus Routes

103 Narahenpita - Borella - Fort
104 Ja-Ela - Borella - Bambalapitiya
131 Maharagama - Borella - Wellampitiya
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Nearest Train Stations

1kmCotta Road Train Station
2.5kmBaseline Road Railway Station
2.9kmNarahenpita Railway Station
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New Developments

tick iconIntroduction and construction of a range of modern housing projects and luxury apartment complexes such as The Castle Residencies.

What’s great here?

tick iconWell-connected by major roads such as Baseline Road and Bauddhaloka Mawatha, making commuting to various parts of the city very convenient.​
tick iconThe area is served by numerous bus routes and is close to several railway stations, enhancing daily commute options.
tick iconFeatures a mix of residential and commercial developments, offering both modern conveniences, alongside leisure facilities like the Royal Colombo Golf Club.
tick iconHosts a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options, accommodating a vibrant community life.
tick iconEffortless access to a comprehensive range of public amenities and facilities, alleviating the need to venture out of the immediate town area to fulfil day-to-day needs.
tick iconA heightened sense of security and surveillance owing to efficient local policing and the presence of several large corporate entities across the area.
tick iconDespite the significant urbanisation it has undergone over the years, the area retains a balance between development and green spaces, offering pockets of tranquillity such as parks and tree-lined streets.
tick iconThe area’s layout with wide roads and public spaces promotes a cleaner, more orderly urban environment​.

What needs attention?

tick iconTraffic congestion, particularly during peak hours, can be a challenge due to Borella’s central location and high activity level.
tick iconWhile Borella is developed, there is a certain degree of disparity in the quality of amenities offered across different parts of the suburb.
tick iconRoom for improvement in street lighting and surveillance in the less frequented inner areas of the city.
tick iconThe influx of more and more large-scale housing and apartment complex projects have led to a notable reduction in green spaces.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4.5 out of 5
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Safety & Security4.5 out of 5
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Environment4.5 out of 5

Property Price Trends in Colombo 8 for

Average Price (Last 12 months)
Rs. 45,792.31 sqft
Past 12 months' growth
Positive Trend
Past 3 months' growth
Positive Trend
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