Kaduwela, Western Province
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Kaduwela (Sinhalese: කඩුවෙල, Tamil: கடுவலை) is a suburb of Colombo city in Colombo District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is located about 16 km from Colombo city center on Colombo - Avissawella Old Road (Low Level Road) and about 18 km from Kollupitiya on New Kandy Road.
Kaduwela was originally Kadudevola, a compound of Kadu (sword) and Devola (shrine). It was the location of a shrine of the goddess Pattini, linked to a golden sword used in the 'water cutting' ritual. The shrine is called the Purana Rankadu Pattini Maha Devale (ancient great shrine of the golden-sword Pattini).
According to Robert Percival of the 19th Regiment of Foot, during the Revolt of 1797 against the Dutch, the Sinhalese threw up earthworks and established a fort here.
After the British defeat in the 1st Kandyan War, Kaduwela was occupied by a small force of British sepoys and lascoreens. They were later reinforced by a mixed force of European troops and sepoys under Captain Charles Wilkinson Mercer of the 51st Regiment, prior to the Battle of Hanwella.
Kaduwela Municipal Council
Kaduwela also has a Municipal Council. Kaduwela Municipal Council area comprises with three main towns Battaramulla (which is the main town), Kaduwela and Athurugiriya. Other towns that belong to the municipal area are,
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