Polgahawela

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Polgahawela
පොල්ගහවෙල
Country  Sri Lanka
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
Official Languages Sinhala, Tamil
Website http://www.polgahawelatown.com

Polgahawela is a small town in north western Sri Lanka. It is most notable for being a major railway junction.

Polgahawela belongs to the North Western Province of Sri Lanka, and is at a distance of 80 km north-east from the capital city of Colombo; 50 km from Kandy; 20 km from Kurunegala; and 65 km from Bandaranayake International Airport. Polgahawela is famous for its railway station, situated at the junction between Sri Lanka Railways' Main line and Northern line.

Namesake[edit]

There is another town of the same name.

Railways[edit]

A train at Polgahawela railway station.

Polgahawela's railway station is at the heart of the town and lies at the main junction that joins two railway lines; one coming from the upcountry of Sri Lanka and another from the northern part of the country.

The town is notable for a major railway accident that occurred in 2005.

Neighbouring stations[edit]

Pothuhera Allawwa Polgahawela Panaliiya Thismalpola Rambukkana

Preceding station Sri Lanka Railways[1] Following station
Veyangoda   Udarata Menike   Panaliya
Podi Menike Panaliya
Tikiri Menike Panaliya
Senkadagala Menike Panaliya
Veyangoda   Rajarata Rajina   Potuhara
Walakumbura   Commuter Rail   Terminus

Notable people[edit]

Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and a cardinal, was born here.

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Coordinates: 07°20′04″N 80°18′11″E / 7.33444°N 80.30306°E / 7.33444; 80.30306