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Battaramulla is a suburb of the city of Colombo, situated 5.2 miles from the City Centre at Colombo Fort, near the Parliament of Sri Lanka. It is one of the fastest developing administrative, commercial and residential areas in the Colombo District being home to the country's elite.
Battaramulla has always been an adjunct to Kotte, which lay on the opposite side of the Diyawanna Oya. At the time of the Kotte Kingdom, the cooks at the royal palace would travel there daily by ferry across the Diyawanna Oya. The place they embarked was called bat-tota-mulla ('cooked rice-landing-corner', 'cooked rice' being a synonym for a meal), which became 'Battaramulla'. Kotiyagoda, a suburb of Battaramulla, derived its name from kotuwe-egoda ('the shore opposite the fortress'). This pattern was followed when the Parliament was shifted to the Doowa island in Kotte, several government offices being set up in Battaramulla thereafter.
The Battaramulla, Pelawatte, Koswatte and Kalapaluwawa areas, which comprise Battaramulla was previously governed by a separate municipal structure called the Battaramulla Town Council. It was dissolved and the area is now administered by the Kaduwela Municipal Council. The Thalawathugoda, Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte and Malabe suburbs mark the borders of Battaramulla.
A notable expatriate population and affluent nationals of Sri Lanka live in Battaramulla. Relocated to Battaramulla from its previous site in Colombo 02 is the Oldest International school catering exclusively to the expatriate community and a few select nationals; The Overseas School of Colombo (formerly the Overseas Children's School). The rapid increase in the elite and affluent moving into the area has contributed to the economic boom in the area.
Sri Subhuthi Central College (national school), which is located at Robert Gunawardhana Mawatha is the main government school in the area. There are number of government schools located in the area like Lanka Sabaha Junior School, Indrajothi Vidyalaya (established in 1905), M. D. H. Jayawardhana Vidyalaya etc. Number of private international schools are also located in Battaramulla.
The area is also home to numerous Ministries, Government departments and Administrative Boards being in close proximity to the Parliament of Sri Lanka. The education department of Sri Lanka ("Isurupaya") is also located in the Battaramulla town.
Golf is a pastime that has increased in popularity in the area. The Waters Edge Country Club is an 11-hole golf course located at Battaramulla. Its infrastructure includes: Restaurant/dining room/ballroom/conference hall, driving range with 20 bays - 300 metres in length and floodlit for practice at night, chip and putt area with bunkers, swimming pool, spa, gym, games arcade, beauty salon and a Karaoke lounge.
A beautiful and very attractive park called "Diyatha Uyana" is located at Parliament junction, near the Waters Edge hotel.The park had been constructed on a marshy land on the banks of the Diyawanna Oya. It sits between the Parliamentary complex and the Diyawanna Oya at the Polduwa junction.
Battaramulla Fork Art Center is another important place to watch. A model of a Sri Lankan traditional village can be seen inside the Fork Art Center.It is called as "Ape Gama"."Ape Gama" ( our village) is a replica of traditional old day Sri Lanakan village. This is located in Battaramulla, close to “Diyatha Park”. Ape Gama displays traditional industries, village life style and how self-sufficient old day Sri Lankan society functions in those days
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- Ministry of Education (Sri_Lanka)
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