When staying a few days in Colombo, don’t miss to take tea at the Mount Lavinia, the charming colonial hotel that dominates the promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The original Sinhala name of this village was Galkissa. In 1806, the new Governor of Ceylon, Thomas Maitland, decided to built a represantative residence himself on the Galkissa promontory. It happened here that Sir Thomas, known as ''King Tom'' by locals and in literature, set eyes on a beautiful female dancer called Lovina Aponsuwa, a mestizo half Portuguese and half Sinhalese, and fell instantantly in love with her. Lovina’s dance group became regular performers at the Governor''s grand mansion. And soon the Governor and the low-cast dancer Lovina were engaged in a clandestine romance. Because she lived in a short distance from “King Tom`s” grand mansion, he decided to built an underground tunnel allowing him to meet her secretely. This way the romance continued for six years. When the Governor had to leave the island due to his poor health conditon, he presented her a large piece of land. Till the present day, locals believe that descendants still live in the surroundind and the secret tunnel remains. What certainly remains, is the name given to the promontory and mansion and village those days: Mount Lavinia. Today, it is the loveliest beach and one of the most traditional and renowned hotels in the Colombo area.
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