Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque


In the heart of Pettah, the decorative 1909 Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is a show-stopper with its candy-striped red-and-white brickwork. Guards will usually let you in for a look, except during peak prayer times on Friday (women may be denied entrance at other times as well). Afterwards have a coffee at one of the Halal cafes across the way.

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1. Potato Warehouse

0.15 MILES

If you can dodge the teeming mass of load-carrying labourers for a moment, it pays to look up as you explore Pettah. Case in point is this old potato…

2. Dutch Period Museum

0.16 MILES

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3. Central Market

0.16 MILES

In a modern multistorey building, this market lacks the vibrant charm of Pettah's other market offerings.

4. Old City Hall

0.17 MILES

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5. Federation of Self Employees Market

0.21 MILES

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6. Manning Market


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8. Old Kathiresan Kovil

0.33 MILES

Dedicated to the war god Murugan (Skanda), this is the middle of three adjoining kovils (temples).