Pettah is a Colombo, Sri Lanka neighborhood located east of Fort City Centre. The neighborhood of Pettah is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of bazaars and markets open-air.
It is one of the busiest commercial areas in Sri Lanka, where there are a huge number of wholesale and retail shops, buildings, business institutions, and other organizations. The main market segment is designed as a gigantic crossword puzzle, where you can traverse all markets from dawn to dusk, but not cover all parts of it completely. Pettah is derived from Tamil: Pettai, an Anglo-Indian word used to indicate a suburb outside a fort.
Today, the Sinhala phrase, pita-kotuwa (outside the fort) conveniently describes the same place. 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.
Notable landmarks in the neighborhood include the Wolvendaal Church, the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Kayman’s Gate, the old Colombo Town Hall, the Colombo Dutch Museum, and the Khan Clock Tower built in India by the Bombay Khan family (now known as Mumbai City).
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