Maharagama

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Maharagama
මහරගම
மஹரகமை
Suburb
Maharagama is located in Sri Lanka
Maharagama
Maharagama
Location of Maharagama in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°50′58″N 79°55′25″E / 6.84944°N 79.92361°E / 6.84944; 79.92361Coordinates: 6°50′58″N 79°55′25″E / 6.84944°N 79.92361°E / 6.84944; 79.92361
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Colombo District
Government
 • Urban Council Kanthi Kodikara
Population (2012)
 • Total 195,355
Time zone SLT (UTC+5:30)
Postal Code 10280 [1]

Maharagama is a large suburb of Colombo city in Colombo District, Sri Lanka on the High-Level (A4) Road about 15 km from the centre of the commercial capital. It developed rapidly in the 1980s as a dormitory suburb. Governed by the Maharagama Urban Council, the town possesses facilities like supermarkets, department stores, clothing, food and severages shops to fulfill the needs of citizens.

There are number of bus routes passing the area and starting from the suburb that connect Maharagama to all the suburbs. There's a depot of the Sri Lanka Transport Board in Maharagama.

Demographics[edit]

According to the census of 2012, the demographics of Maharagama by ethnicity is as follows.

No Ethnicity Population % Of Total
1 Sinhalese 187,363 95.90
2 Sri Lankan Tamils 3,107 1.59
3 Sri Lankan Moors 1,369 0.70
4 Burghers 1,343 0.68
5 Sri Lankan Malays 1,143 0.58
6 Indian Tamils 529 0.27
7 Bharatha 471 0.24
8 Sri Lankan Chetty 82 0.04
9 Other 16 0.00
10 Total 195,355 100

Important places around Maharagama[edit]

  • National Youth Center
  • National Institute of Education
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Sri Vajiragnana Dharmayatanaya (Bhikkhu Training Center)
  • National Teachers' Training College
  • National Ayurvedic Hospital
  • Boralesgamuwa Lake
  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • National Dental Institute
  • Sri Jawardenapura National Hospital

Schools in Maharagama[edit]

  • President's College
  • Vidyakara Balika Maha Vidyalaya
  • Buwanekaba Maha Vidyalaya
  • Central College

Cafes and restaurants[edit]

Public transport[edit]

Railway[edit]

Trains starting from Colombo Fort stop at Maharagama Railway Station and nearby Nawinna Railway Station. The stations lie on the Kelani Valley Line, with local trains to Colombo Fort, Maradana, and Avissawella.

Maharagama Railway Station is in the Pamunuwa area.

Currently the Kelani Valley Line serves an increasingly urbanizing population between Colombo Fort and Maharagama. Though capacity increased through broad-gauging the line, services face limitations due to sharp curves and the illegal construction on the sides of the track between Colombo and Maharagama.

Bus routes[edit]

Maharagama, which is in the middle of few important areas, has bus routes that access to the suburb centre.

Bus routes heading via Maharagama to/from Colombo: (via High Level Rd, Nugegoda and Kirulapona)

Local bus routes terminating at Maharagama:

Long-distance bus service via Maharagama to/from Colombo:

Long-distance bus service terminating at Maharagama operated by the SLTB:

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