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Beira Lake

Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Location : Colombo
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The Beira Lake is a lake in the heart of the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The lake is surrounded by many important businesses in the city. It occupied approximately 165 hectares of land 100 years ago and has been reduced to mere 65 hectares today due to various reasons.
During the colonial era of the Portuguese, and the English the lake was used to transport goods within the city. The lake was originally built before the colonisation of the country and connected to many intricate canals providing easy way of transporting goods within the city and suburban cities.
The lake has two distinct bodies of water, the smaller lake bordering Navam Mawatha and the larger lake bordering D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha (formerly McCullum Road) the two bodies are connected by narrow canal which runs through Slave Island and the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters. The lake spills to the Indian Ocean at Galle Face.
This lake with its distinct centre island and Seemalakaya is a popular recreational area in the city. The lake gives a beautiful backdrop to Nawam Mawatha which is the de facto financial District of Colombo.

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