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The remnants of some stone columns still stand in a thick bamboo grove flourishing in a plummeted valley where British tea planters had later grown tea, a site that cannot be reached by vehicle now.
Consequently, the town, today, has become a very elite residential location as well as a lucrative and fashionable business emporium.
Many are the luxurious manors and villas that stood in Kollupitiya in old times.
Some have been demolished for obvious reasons of expansion and construction.
The roads which ran through fertile cinnamon and coconut gardens were narrow cart-tracks. There was a small market place where people could buy and sell. Mervyn Herath, whose recently published book Colonial Kollupitiya and its Environs dips into a past when our colonial masters, the Portuguese, Dutch and the British reigned supreme, and Lankan society was largely feudal.
Bullock carts, horse drawn carriages and rickshaws were there to give that simple place an air of complexity". During that nostalgic journey into the past, the writer also reveals a host of little known facts and anecdotes that add to the historical importance of his book.
Many valuable extracts from the book have been included within this journey into time through the town of Kollupitiya. How many of us know for instance that 'Kollupitiya' traces its name to a rebellion that took place in Kandy in the late seventeenth century?