Kegalle Clock Tower
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Kegalle (Sinhala: 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, Kegalle|St. Mary's College, St. Joseph Girls School and Swarna Jayanthi Vidyalaya,kegalu vidyalaya. The town has a junior technical college too.
www.KegalleTown.com is the official website of Kegalle. The website covers areas such as Travel, Business, Entertainment, Education, Music, Beauty, Culture, Community Services, History of Kegalle and in fact everything about Kegalle.
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
- "Sri Lanka - largest cities (per geographical entity)". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
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