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Why Pettah is special ?
At first glance, the place seems chaotic and bordering on mad, what with the streets being packed inch to inch by trishaws, hawkers and wooden wagons. But if you know Pettah and know what to get where, you can walk away with some very cool stuff at ridiculous prices. Also with the right attitude you can make friends with some very interesting people here.
What to explore at Pettah?
Shops in the Pettah are still arranged in the traditional bazaar layout, with each street devoted to a different trade: Front Street, for example, is full of bags, suitcases and shoes; 1st Cross Street is devoted to hardware and electrical goods; 3rd Cross Street and Keyzer Street are stuffed with colourful fabrics, and so on. The wares on display are fairly mundane – unless you’re a big fan of Taiwanese household appliances or fake Barbie dolls – although traces of older and more colourful trades survive in places.
How to get to Pettah?
There are 'TATA Nano' cars in service nowadays and the charges start from LKR40/km with air-conditioning and it is also a safe and convenient way to travel. Taxis are much safer than a three-wheeler.
Try Budget Taxi ☎ +94 11 729-9299. Quote of LKR2,800 (March 2015) from Galle Road to the airport.
- Busy streets with lot of shops and vendors
- Bustling street life
- Nice local market
- Bustling markets with lots of people
- A different flavour
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Tips for you
When visiting a new country, we always like to visit markets to get a feel for the place. So this was our first stop in Sri Lanka. You can't really really buy much there as most places are wholesale shops. But it is the people watching that is interesting. We walked most of it and some places have retail shop although there is nothing there that I would buy except for the 2 electrical adaptors which we needed (100 rupees each). In terms of market, we have seen many much better in the world but it is still interesting to help you see life in Sri Lanka.
As crazy as it gets in a market. A truly bustling, colouful and chaotic market. Clothes, shoes, bags and even electronics available. Its super cheap, so in terms of quality, you get what u pay for!