Sin: දෙහිවල-ගල්කිස්ස dehivala-galkissa – Tam: தெஹிவளை-கல்கிசை dehivaḷai-galkisai

‘Lime Tree Forest’   Suburb (of Colombo), WP,  Sri Lanka

From Sin: dehi, ‘lime’; and Sin: val/vala, ‘forest, wood, jungle’.

Sir Thomas Maitland, Governor of Ceylon 1805-1811, built a palace by the sea at ‘Galkissa’ (Mount Lavinia), a few kilometers south of the city of Colombo. During his time as Governor, Maitland fell in love with a half-caste dancing-girl named Lovina (half Portuguese, half Sinhalese). When the palace was being built Maitland had a special tunnel dug which led from a wine cellar in the palace to a well in Lovina’s house. Unfortunately, the tunnel was sealed up in 1920.

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is the largest suburb of Colombo featuring beaches, a zoo, a 5-star hotel, and some of the worst traffic congestion in Sri Lanka.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


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