Crows Island beach today
I went to Crows Island two years ago and found it had a swimmable if slightly dirty beach. Went back yesterday and my God, it’s polluted beyond recognition. Plastic and garbage has entirely covered the beach and pier in parts. It’s disgusting, and a damn shame.
The beach in April, 2010
My peculiar dream is that North Colombo will develop, if only because it makes the most sense on a map. Colombo commerce and culture fled south of Fort, but in the old days the city seemed to be growing North. Crows Island, where the Kelaniya meets the sea, seems like an ideal spot for habitation, but that area and Mattakulliya have become synonymous with slum. Yet they still have a rare beauty. Or did.
Woman sitting on garbage
The beach at Crows Island is naturally swimmable, but it seems to have been artificially wrecked. There’s a huge park down the way also and it’s near to kovils, churches and a fair amount of culture and human commerce. It was neglected, but now it seems to have completely gone to shit.
Man sleeping rough near Whist house
It’s really quite sad. With a bit of upkeep this could be a beautiful beach that serves a lot of people. Independence Square and all are great, but beautification needs to extend to Colombo North as well. I hope some attention gets there soon. I’m used to things getting better slowly, but Crows Island seems to be getting worse.