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“A remnant of Dutch Colonial Histort”

Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

Located at the intersection of Main and 4th Cross Streets in the Pettah Markets. This small grey stone structure is fenced off with wire mesh fencing but the only signs say it's an archeological site not what it is.
Unless are walking then this is one of those blink and you've missed it landmarks.
It is however a unique piece of the City's history. The bell tower sat next to Kayman's gate, which was one of the original entrances into Colombo fort. The walls of the fort, together with the gate, have long since disappeared but the bell tower remains. It is called Kayman's gate because 4th Cross Street used to be a canal or moat, where caiman or local crocodiles would congregate, to eat the rubbish thrown out of the fort. The bell tower was subsequently used to call people to pray at Wolvendaal Church.
It's amazing that this structure still exists given the development around it. Nice to take a photo or two but not much else.

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Reviewed 26 September 2015

located in a messy and busy area of colombo city where shopping takes prominent place. Not really a tourist attraction but worth looking at it if you pass it by.

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Reviewed 10 September 2015

This ancient bell tower is the only building remaining at the entrance to old Colombo fort and commercial hub during British Colonial era. All other building peremeter walls etc have either fallen down with time or demolished by people along the period of time to build the new commercial city now called at Pettah. The name fort is still in use but fort really does not in existence. The new area of Fort is also quite a distance from the bell tower.
Kyman bell tower is mentioned in lots of old and new folklores, songs etc and associated with nostalgic memories of colonial Colombo

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Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

This is old Ceylon. This has Portugese and Dutch history of Ceylon combined.This historical monument is worth the visit.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

This is situated at Pettah , main Street and 4th Cross street turn.This was constructed by Dutch in their commercial district. Kaaiman means Alligator that time the Beira lake was extented up to here and the alligators comes here to eat the garbage. If you are walking in the Main Street pettah just turn your head at 4th Cross street you can this but easily you will miss it. People around doesn't know the value of the monument they just neglect and damage the tower.
It is at a walking distance from the Central bus stand and Fort railway station. If are interested in Historical things then you can see the old town hall ,Dutch museum , Khan clock tower and this at one go.
If you want you can get some information at the following web page.
http://www.wolvendaal.org/churches-monuments/kayman-s-gate-belltower

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