Real estate in all these small towns of Colombo started booming with the demand for land and housing.It was amidst this backdrop that many prominent businessmen, traders, politicians, government officials, and professionals took up residence in Kollupitiya.Some have been demolished for obvious reasons of expansion and construction.Some still stand in all their splendid majesty and grandeur.Consequently, the town, today, has become a very elite residential location as well as a lucrative and fashionable business emporium.
The wider land in this area came to be known as Kollan Pitiya or the Robbed Land, robbed by the machinations of an upcountry fugitive chief.
In recent times many such halcyon locations have given way to tall high-rise apartments housing families as well as office complexes, businesses, cinemas, casinos, markets and shopping malls.
Roads have been widened and the massive influx of people is now choking the small town with a claustrophobic aura that seems deathly.
However, instead of executing Abanwela Appuhamy, the most feared of the rebels, he handed him over to the Dutch to undergo what he thought would be a more brutal torture. Ambanwela Appuhamy soon built up a good relationship with the Dutch who gave him a large plot of land by the sea where he grew a coconut plantation.
The former Kandyan chief then took the Dutch name of Van Ry-cloff and soon his expanding coconut plantation rolled over the ancestral farms of the natives who dared not complain.