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The road under the Banyan Fork, Galle Road, Kalutara 1890?s

Old Banyan Tree Crossing Kalutara Road

Old Banyan Tree Crossing Galle Road, Kalutara, Ceylon 1890's #IMG272

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Banyan tree at Kalutara

Banyan tree at Kalutara c.1870-1880 #IMG272b

Picturesque old Old Banyan Tree on the Colombo Galle Road, near Kalutara.

At the southernmost end of Kalutara village a magnificent Banyan-tree grows across the high-road like a triumphal arch. The aerial roots of this huge tree have taken hold on the soil on the opposite side of the road and grown to be large trunks, and these and the main trunk form a lofty Gothic vault, which is all the more striking because a number of parasitic ferns, orchids, wild vines, and other parasitic plants have over grown the sterns.

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1. Ian Gardner (Gunewardene) - January 15, 2011

I remember this tree when I was a youngster in Sri Lanka which I left in 1969. I understand that this tree has been removed to make way for the widened coastal road; or was it knocked over by the 2004 tsunami?

2. Anne Williams - February 5, 2016

Me too, I remember this tree so well and being thrilled to drive thru’ it. Also had the pleasure of being driven in a’ luxury’ hakkery with brass and blinds to keep off the sun and rain. Even had steps to climb up etc. It was the Galle convent taxi in 1949!! What a peaceful life we had then after WW2. How blessed we were to have been spared it’s horrors. Thanks to the Allied Forces including all he Commonwealth Forces too. It was cut long before the Tsunami, Ian.

3. Anne Williams - February 5, 2016

Are also lucky enough to have purchased two antique prints of Lanka & India. drawn & engraved by J.Rapkin with illustrations which are my treasured possessions.

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