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Some have been demolished for obvious reasons of expansion and construction.

Some still stand in all their splendid majesty and grandeur.

It is said that the King had fled to a place called Nilambe in the Central province, a location overlooking the ancient capital city of Kandy.

One piece of news on Nillambe that is already known, is that Rajasinghe II (1635-1687) one of our most valiant kings had a palace at Nillambe.

This land eventually came to be known as Polwatte, still a part of Kollupitiya where the famous church and aligned school of Kollupitiya stand is known by the name Polwatte.

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By the latter part of the 19th Century people had begun to move south towards Kollupitiya (Colombo-3) and Cinnamon Gardens (Colombo-7) and even further to Slave Island (Colombo-2), Bambalapitiya (Colombo-4), Havelock Town (Colombo 5) and Wellawatte (Colombo-6).

This fact is mentioned in several places in Historical Relations of Ceylon by Robert Knox whose imprisonment in our island owed itself to this capricious monarch.

The remnants of some stone columns still stand in a thick bamboo grove flourishing in a plummeted valley where British tea planters had later grown tea, a site that cannot be reached by vehicle now.

Real estate in all these small towns of Colombo started booming with the demand for land and housing.

It was amidst this backdrop that many prominent businessmen, traders, politicians, government officials, and professionals took up residence in Kollupitiya.

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