Morning on Muthuwella Mawatha, Mutwal

It’s hard to believe that in a city as small as Colombo, there are still places I haven’t visited in thirty years, but Mutwal in northern Colombo is one of them. I grew up here but haven’t been back since the ’80s. The equivalent of Cinnamon Gardens before coal-fired steamships from the nearby harbour polluted it, Mutwal — and its northern neighbour Mattakkuliya — were cut off from the rest of Colombo during the war. With the fortification of central Colombo, it became just too much of a pain to run through all those checkpoints and detours to visit the other side of the city unless you had to, and so both sides got on with their lives. Now the war’s over, and the Fort is just a quick drive through. And to me, Mutwal looks exactly as I remember it. Muthuwella Mawatha means Pearl Beach Street, by the way. Shot in November 2014, with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 140mm, 1/1250, f/5.6, and ISO 400.

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