Gandara, Sri Lanka

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Gandara
ගන්දර
கந்தறை
Village
Gandara is located in Sri Lanka
Gandara
Gandara
Coordinates: 5°57′N 80°33′E / 5.950°N 80.550°E / 5.950; 80.550Coordinates: 5°57′N 80°33′E / 5.950°N 80.550°E / 5.950; 80.550
Country Sri Lanka
Province Southern
Government
 • Mayor Upul Nishantha
Area
 • Total 283 km2 (109 sq mi)
 • Land 270 km2 (100 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,254
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
Postal code 81170
Area code(s) 041

Gandara (Sinhalese: ගන්දර, Tamil: கந்தறை) is a village in the Matara District on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, 168 kilometres (104 mi) from Colombo. It is an important village in Matara.[1] It was slightly affected by the Asian tsunami in December 2004.

History[edit]

Historically, Gandara belongs to the area called Ruhuna, one of the three kingdoms in Sri Lanka (Thun Sinhalaya). The temple in the village was built by ancient kings and now is a popular sacred place among Buddhists in the area. The mosque in the village was built by villagers in the late 1840s. The Buddhists and Muslims will live peacefully in Gandara.

Polling division[edit]

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • Gandara Maha Vidyalaya
  • Gandara kanitu Viduhala
  • Al Azhar Muslim Kanista Vidyalaya, established in 1938.

Transport[edit]

Gandara is on the Matara - Kataragama main road, which is served by the A32 highway.

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