Pettah, Sri Lanka

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පිට කොටුව

புறக் கோட்டை
Pettah is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°56′12″N 79°50′59″E / 6.93667°N 79.84972°E / 6.93667; 79.84972Coordinates: 6°56′12″N 79°50′59″E / 6.93667°N 79.84972°E / 6.93667; 79.84972
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Colombo District 11
Time zone UTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal Code 01100 [1]

Pettah is a neighbourhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka located east of the City centre Fort. The Pettah neighborhood is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of open air bazaars and markets. It is Sri Lanka's busiest commercial area, where most of the shops, textiles, buildings and many other business organisations are centered.[2]

Pettah is derived from the Tamil word, Pettai, an Anglo-Indian word used to indicate a suburb outside a fort. Today, the Sinhalese phrase, pita-kotuwa (outside the fort) conveniently describes the same place.[3]


Pettah is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic area. Moors and Memons are the predominant ethnic group found within Pettah, however an average amount of Sinhalese and Tamil populations also exist. There are also various other minorities such as Burghers, Malays and others. Religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and various other religions and beliefs to a lesser extent.

Buildings and landmarks[edit]

Notable landmarks in the neighborhood include Wolvendaal Church, the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Kayman's Gate, the old Colombo Town Hall, the Colombo Dutch Museum and the Khan Clock Tower, which was built by the Khan family of Bombay (now known as the city of Mumbai) in India.


  1. ^ "Pettah Post Office - Sri Lanka Postal Codes". Mohanjith. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  2. ^ "Sri Lanka - Travel Information - Colombo Pettah". Archived from the original on 24 March 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ "A Walk Through Pettah". Sunday Observer. 18 March 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2014.