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Nawalapitiya (in sinhala:නාවලපිටිය, in Tamil:நாவலபிட்டி) is a town in Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is in the Kandy District, governed by an Urban Council. It is 38 kilometers away from Kandy. The town is near Mahaweli Ganga. Nawalapitiya can also be identified as "Peace Town", because all major religions and nations peacefully co-exist there. The population of Sinhala, Tamil, and Muslims are almost the same. The Indian actor and politician M. G. Ramachandran was born in Nawalapitiya.
Nawalapitiya holds a special place in locomotive transportation in Sri Lanka since it is one of the three controllers in the same. Nawalapitiya Railway station is the second longest station in Sri Lanka, the first one being Nanu-oya.
Nawalapitiya can be accessed via TRAIN or BUS. From Pettah, Colombo there are two main trains direct to Nawalapitiya - The Podi Menike Express and the Udarata Menike Express Train. Both these trains run during the mornings. Only one train service is there in the evening hours that too not direct. A transit from Peradeniya Junction is needed to reach the town.
From the Pettah Bus station there are a few direct buses to Nawalapitiya. Some buses travel via Peradeniya (Kandy) (Route no.16) and others via Avissawella road through Ginigathena (Route Nº 78). Direct buses to Nawalapitiya from Colombo are infrequent. Another option is to travel via Kandy. One can get a bus to Kandy from Pettah very easily. From Kandy one has to get the bus No. 725 to Nawalapitiya (1 hour ride). Frequent bus services are available from Kandy to Nawalapitiya.
The best option to travel is by train since it also allows to enjoy the scenic beauty of the region. A number of railway stations from Colombo Fort to Nawalapitiya allow for a pleasant travel. Express trains stop at Ragama, Veyangoda, Polgahawela, Rabukkana, Kadunannawa, Peradeniya and Gampola before Nawlapitiya.
On the way to Kataboola, there is a waterfall.
The following Estates cultivating tea are in the vicinity of Nawalapitiya.
- Kenilworth Group (includes Strathellie, Gneiss Rock, Black Stone and Kenilworth Estates)
- Mount Jean
- Barnagala (amalgamated with Craighead Estate)
- Craighead (includes Upper & Lower Somerset Estates)
- Dotel Oya Group (includes Alikedeniya & Mooroottie Estates)
- Kelle Group
- Monte Cristo (includes Upper, Galbodde, New Clearing and Cholankanda Estates)
- Nagastenne Group
- Upper Raxawa
- Goorookoya Group
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe from Dilmah's Kataboola Estate in the Nawalapitiya Region offers clean, black leaf, with some silvery tip. The infused leaf is clean and open, with a coppery tone indicative of a bright cup. The liquor shows character and depth, with some strength, but generally mellow for a very pleasing and bright tea. The liquor displays an orange brown hue in the style of an elegant Ceylon Tea. Tasting notes - Tightly rolled tea leaf that is matt brown-black in color with the occasional show of tip. The infused leaf is bright brown/burnt sienna in colour. Liquor color is mahogany with a greenish tinge. A fine tea with an aroma of light hay on the nose and a hint of pistachios and almonds in the taste. A fortifying tea with body and soul.
Cities and towns nearby
Towns and small towns
- Ulapane, Thabiligala, Pallegama, Patthunupitiya, Gondennawa
- Hapugasthalawa, Meepitiya, Pallegama, Waligampola
- Balanthota, Katukithula, Inguruoya, Gorakaoya, Samagipura, Donside, Pahala Gorakaoya,selambridge
Schools in Nawalapitiya
- Anurudhdha Kumara National College
- St.Andrews Girls College
- Kathiresan College
- Leeds International School Nawalapitiya
- St. Mary's College
- CP/Kot/ Harangala Maha Vidyalaya
- CP/Kot/ Sirisaman Maha Vidyalaya,Gorakaoya
- CP/Kot/ Nanoda Primary School, Pahala Gorakaoya
- CP/Selambridge Muslim vidiyalaya.
- Nawalapitiya Oxford International School (English Medium only)
Buddhist temples within Nawalapitiya
- Jethawanaramaya, Nawalapitiya (ජේතවනාරාමය, නාවලපිටිය)
- Weluwanaramaya, Nawalapitiya (වේළුවනාරාමය, නාවලපිටිය)
- Poorwaramaya, Nawalapitiya (පූර්වාරාමය, නාවලපිටිය)
The Mahaweli Ganga (මහවැලි ගඟ) is the longest river in Sri Lanka. It is 335 kilometres (208 mi) long. Its drainage basin is the largest in Sri Lanka, and covers almost one-fifth of the total area of the island. The river is heavily dammed in order to produce hydroelectricity and water for irrigation. This river crosses Nawalapitiya
Waterfalls in Nawalapitiya
The water of the 8m-high fall cascades down in stages. Although the flow is otherwise languid, during the rainy season, the fall is transformed into a rushing body of water with the spray reaching the nearby road.
Kadienlena Water Falls is located near Kadienlena Town within Kataboola Estate, by the side of the Nawalapitiya- Talawakele road (B-117). The bridge is between the 11th and 12th km posts (or close to the 7th mile post)and is built over the 'Korawakka Oya' which later (further down stream) becomes the 'Goorook Oya'.
Nawalapitiya Railway Station
The Railway Station is an important access point to this town. It is next to the main bus stand and is located at the centre of the town. This Station is a transit point in the Kandy to Badulla train transportation network.