Hulftsdorp (also written, incorrectly as Hultsdorf ) is a suburb in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is part of the postal area known as Colombo 12. It has been known historically as Hulffsdorp, Hulfsdorp, Hulftsdorp, Hulsdorp, Hulstsdorp and Hülffsdorf.[2]


Hulftsdorp is located in Central Colombo
Location in Central Colombo
Coordinates: 6°56′33″N 79°51′30″E / 6.94250°N 79.85833°E / 6.94250; 79.85833Coordinates: 6°56′33″N 79°51′30″E / 6.94250°N 79.85833°E / 6.94250; 79.85833
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictColombo District
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal Code
01200 [1]


The name of the suburb Hulftsdorp is a commemoration of General Gerard Pieterszoon Hulft,[3] the Dutch East India Company's Director of India and commander in chief of the company's forces in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and on the Coast of India. Its name in Dutch translates to "Hulft's Town". He was killed while besieging Colombo. The hill on which he had his headquarters was named 'Hulft's Dorp' during the Dutch occupation.[4] Nowadays, Hulftsdorp is regarded as the centre of legal activity in Colombo being the location of the Hulftsdorp court complex and the Sri Lanka Law Courts.[5]

The colonial era All Saints Church in Dam Street, Hultsdorf


  1. ^ "Hultsdorf None - Sri Lanka Postal Codes - Mohanjith".
  2. ^ "Hultsdorf | Atlas of Mutual Heritage". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ DBNL. "Nieuw Nederlandsch biografisch woordenboek. Deel 8 · dbnl". DBNL.
  4. ^ "Dutch heritage of Sri Lanka".
  5. ^ "Hultsdorf Mills - Colombo, Ceylon".