Kegalle Clock Tower
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Kegalle (Sinhalese: කෑගල්ල; Tamil: கேகாலை) is a large town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is located on the Colombo–Kandy road. Its 48 miles/78 km from Colombo and 24 miles/40 km from Kandy. It is the main town of the Kegalle District which is one of the two districts belonging to Sabaragamuwa Province. The town is governed by an Urban Council. The surrounding area produces graphite, precious stones and agricultural products such as rice. Kegalle has an agricultural based economy and mainly produces rubber. Nearby is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is a major tourist attraction.
Kegalle, situated in between the central highlands and western southern planes and has an enchanting environment. Height of the western region is less than 500 feet from the sea level while eastern region exceeds 1000 feet. Rubber cultivation has stretched over most of the area of the District and minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg takes an important place in the economy of the District. Sri Lanka’s best graphite mine is situated at Bogala in Kegalle District. The extent of the District is 1692.8 km2 (169,280 in hectares). Sri Lanka 65610 km2
Schools and educational institutes
The town has five leading schools namely:, Kegalu Balika Vidyalaya, St. Mary's College, St. Joseph Balika Vidyalaya ( Former : St'Joseph's Convent ) and Swarna Jayanthi Vidyalaya,Kegalu Vidyalaya. The town has a junior technical college too.
'Wewaladeniya Viharaya' is one of old temple in kegalle town. it also known as 'Kegalla Siri Mahindodaya Piriwen Viharaya'. it's located at central of town.
Alagalla Mountain Range in Sabaragamuwa province is "Freedom Summit" in Sri Lanka where annual folk climbing event take place in 4th February commemorating country's independent from British empire.
Notable people from Kegalle
- Sir.Edwin Wijeyeratne - First elected member of Kegalle to State Council of Ceylon, Sri Lankan independence activist & Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development in the government of D.S.Senanayake
- The Honourable Dr. P. B. G. Kalugalla - Member of Sri Lanka Parliament from Kegalle district for 26 years until 2000. He was the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Philippines
|Ethnicity||Population||% Of Total|
|Sri Lankan Tamil||629||3.6|
|Sri Lankan Moor||528||3.03|
|Other (including Burgher, Malay)||238||1.36|
- "Sri Lanka - largest cities (per geographical entity)". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- Kalugalla passes away. The Island, Retrieved on 22 November 2007.
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