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Balangoda is located in Sri Lanka
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°39′N 80°41′E / 6.650°N 80.683°E / 6.650; 80.683Coordinates: 6°39′N 80°41′E / 6.650°N 80.683°E / 6.650; 80.683
Country Sri Lanka
Province Sabaragamuwa Province
District Ratnapura District
Time zone +5.30

Balangoda is a large town in Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an urban council. Its 143 kilometres (89 mi) from Colombo and 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Ratnapura. It is one of the largest towns of the Sabaragamuwa Province. According to the 2001 census, Balangoda has a population of 16,875 and area of 16.2 km². Sri shariputhra maha vidyalaya school is located here.

Balangoda notable due to the discovery of skeletal Hominini remains from the late Quaternary period (the earliest reliably dated record of anatomically modern humans in South Asia).[1][2]

The town is also the birthplace of Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero[3] and Sirimavo Bandaranaike (the world's first female head of government) the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960–65, 1970–77 and 1994–2000).[4][5]

See also[edit]

Dethanagala Mountain Balangoda


  1. ^ Deraniyagala, Siran U. (1996). "Pre- and Protohistoric settlement in Sri Lanka". Congress of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. 5 (16): 277–285. 
  2. ^ Kenndy, Kenneth A. R. (2000). "God-apes and Fossil Men: Paleoanthropology of South Asia". University of Michigan Press. pp. 180–181. 
  3. ^ Fernando, Thilak (24 September 1994). "Face to face with late Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero". The Island - Saturday Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike (prime minister of Sri Lanka)". BRITANNICA-Online. 
  5. ^ "Sirimavo Bandaranaike: First woman premier". BBC News. 10 October 2000.