Slave Island

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Slave Island

කොම්පඤ්ඤ වීදිය

Beira Lake and Slave Island
Beira Lake and Slave Island
Slave Island is located in Sri Lanka
Slave Island
Slave Island
Coordinates: 6°55′37″N 79°50′55″E / 6.92694°N 79.84861°E / 6.92694; 79.84861Coordinates: 6°55′37″N 79°50′55″E / 6.92694°N 79.84861°E / 6.92694; 79.84861
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Colombo District
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
Postal Code 00200

Slave Island is a suburb in Colombo, Sri Lanka, located directly south of the Fort. The suburb contains Beira Lake, a large lake and its esplanade is visited by many for recreation. Slave Island is mostly a commercial area with hotels and shopping centres.


The name "Slave Island" was given during the period of British colonisation referring to the situation under Portuguese rule when slaves were held there, most of them black people from the Swahili coast and Portuguese East Africa. Many of these slaves later returned to Africa. However, a small group of African descendants are scattered throughout Sri Lanka and are collectively known as Sri Lankan Kaffirs.


Slave Island is a multicultural area. The larger ethnic communities in Slave Island are the Sri Lankan Moors and Sinhalese. There are also various minorities such as Burghers, Malays and others. Religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and various other religions and beliefs.


Slave Island is served by the Slave Island Railway Station. Built with Victorian-era architectural embellishments, the station carries significant architectural and historic value. The building features stylish arches, intricate woodwork, and metal installations, which emphasize Victorian-era styles.[1]


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  1. ^ "Protecting historic Slave Island Railway Station". Community/Livelihood Development. John Keells Group. Retrieved 2012-01-06.