From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search


Colpetty is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°54′2″N 79°51′12″E / 6.90056°N 79.85333°E / 6.90056; 79.85333Coordinates: 6°54′2″N 79°51′12″E / 6.90056°N 79.85333°E / 6.90056; 79.85333
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictColombo District
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal Code
00300 [1]

Kollupitiya (also called Colpetty) is a major neighbourhood of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The name Kollupitiya comes from the name of a chief from Kandy who had unsuccessfully attempted to dethrone the last king of Kandy. During the period of British and Dutch administration, a brewery had commenced in Kollupitiya which converted coconut treacle into liquor.[2] Nowadays, the suburb is a thriving commercial area containing fashionable high-end shopping malls. Some foreign embassies are located in Kollupitiya. The Prime Minister's House (Colombo) is located in Colombo 3 just two blocks south of Maha Nuge Gardens; a prominent private laneway in Kollupitiya.


Kollupitiya is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic area. The major ethnic communities in Kollupitiya are Sinhalese. There are also there various minorities such as Burghers, Tamils, Moors and others. Religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.

In recent years, the influx of Chinese expatriates to Colombo has led to an increase of Chinese shops and businesses in the area. Many Chinese expatriates have opened shops and other businesses that cater towards the Chinese expatriate community. Some Sri Lankan residents of Kollupitiya have also been influenced by the influx of Chinese people to the area by shopping at the Chinese-run businesses and even picking up aspects of Mandarin Chinese.[3]


There are several government and private schools located in Kollupitiya. They are:

Diplomatic Missions[edit]

Government Offices[edit]

  • Temple trees, presidential residence.
  • Sri Lanka Tourism headquarters
  • Civil aviation authority of Sri Lanka
  • Department of economic development

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://mohanjith.net/postal_codes/western/colombo/00300-kollupitiya.html
  2. ^ http://kermeey.blogspot.com/2006/02/kollupitiya-kaleidoscopic-cameo.html
  3. ^ Ranasinghe, Ishani; Gunaratne, Ruwanthi Herat. "All gone Chinese!". www.sundaytimes.lk. The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  4. ^ History of Bishop’s College (Report). Bishop's College. p. 2. Retrieved 21 December 2017. In 1890, then Bishop of Colombo, Bishop R.S. Copleston, purchased the Marandatin Cinnamon Gardens bordering on Boyd Place, Colpetty. The school moved from Darley Road to these premises in 1892, and was renamed as Bishop's College.
  5. ^ "Mahanama College - Contact Us". Mahanama College. Mahanama College. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Contact Us". Methodist College Colombo. Methodist College Colombo. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ "St. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya". Church of Ceylon Diocese of Colombo. Church of Ceylon Diocese of Colombo. Retrieved 21 December 2017. S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya was founded on 17th May, 1938 by the late William Thomas Keble M. A. (Oxon) eminent educationist, scholar, author and lover of Sri Lanka.