Mahatma Gandhi, 'The Father of India' visited the island of Ceylon in 1927. He travelled the length and breadth of the
island. His visit caused great excitement. The people of Ceylon were calling for greater independence from the British who
had ruled the country since 1815 having taken over the island from the Dutch.
Gandhi was invited to visit the west coast town of Chilaw by the great Ceylonese freedom fighter C.E.Corea. Chilaw they
say is well known for the 'Three C's' - 'Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas.' The Corea Family have made a significant contribution
to the country and to Chilaw. They spoke out fearlessly for independence for their motherland and strived for total
freedom for the people of Ceylon.Victor Corea - CE's brother was jailed by the British. The famous ancestor of the Corea
Clan is Edirille Bandara or Dominicus Corea who was crowned King of Kotte. CE Corea's home in Chilaw was named 'Edirille Gedera.'
Mahatma Gandhi's visit to Chilaw
Gandhi travelled from India to Ceylon arriving in Colombo, the capital city on November 12, 1927. He accompanied
by his wife Kasturba, C. Rajagopalachari, and the latter's daughter, Lakshmi. Also accompanying Mahatma Gandhi on his
visit to Ceylon were his secretaries, Mahadev Desai and Pyarelal. Gandhi stayed in Ceylon for three weeks.
Gandhi was invited to Chilaw by his friends the fearless freedom fighters - CE Corea and Victor Corea. Gandhi had
been in contact with the Corea Family before his visit to the island. He toured Chilaw, spoke to the people of Chilaw
and stayed for a few days in a Corea home called 'Sigiriya' in the heart of the town. This was a historic visit.
Remembering the work of Mahatma Gandhi - 75 years of the Salt March - events will take place around the world....