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Colombo Lighthouse (Photos)

Jul 26, 2010 6:28:28 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The lighthouse

As Colombo gets further from war, one can explore further into Colombo. There is, for example, an undiscovered lighthouse at the end of Galle Face Green, in view of the port, a hovering stupa and a bunch of alien spindles. Undiscovered by me at least, and probably you. At the end of Galle Face green you can go right into hotel row or straight to the Central Bank. After the LTTE bombed the latter, that road became high security and a third road (heading left along the coast) became entirely closed. Now it is open. If you go left along the coast you get to a large lighthouse with a stunning view out onto the sea and the port.

View of port and the hovering stupa

The most notable sight is the famous hovering stupa. I have viewed this in gasps but it may as well have been in Area 51 for as close as I could get to it. Cerno has a similar photo, yet he was questioned by the military for taking it, as that was at the height of the war. Now the military is there, but it’s just one Navy chap who’s quite nice. According to Cerno this place also apparently has a name. Jayanthi Chaitya. The road itself is called Chaitya Road.

View of the city over silenced guns

This area is the heart of Colombo, which is precisely where the LTTE tried to strike. To protect itself Colombo simply shut down and fled to the suburbs, away from the port. But it’s starting to open up again. They’re expanding the port again, using the unidentified fallen objects below.

Port thingees

You can view more photos of the Colombo Lighthouse here. It’s down Chaitya Road, a long walk or short drive from Galle Face Green.

Post syndicated from www.indi.ca by permission.