Mount-Lavinia is one of Colombo’s more popular residential suburbs, with a long stretch of beach often referred to as the ‘golden mile’, lined with restaurants and eateries of all sorts, little boutiques and traders hawking their wares.
The area also has a vivacious history, especially centering on the colonial period. One tells of Sir Thomas Maitland,the second Governor of Ceylon who acquired a sizable portion of land in the area and constructed a lavish personal residence in 1806. The Governor fell in love with LovinaAponsuwa, a local mestizo dancer and their famed romance continued until Sir Thomas was recalled to England, in 1811. His residence today is the city’s most prominent landmark and what was once known as the ‘Mount Lavinia House’ is now the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Subsequently the entire area around the buildings acquired its name from the Governor's mistress, Lovina.
Things to do
- Sea Food