Ja-Ela

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Ja-Ela
ජා-ඇල
ஜா-எல
Suburb
A Stretch of the Ja-Ela town through the culverts of Negombo-Colombo Road
A Stretch of the Ja-Ela town through the culverts of Negombo-Colombo Road
Ja-Ela is located in Sri Lanka
Ja-Ela
Ja-Ela
Coordinates: 7°4′0″N 79°53′36″E / 7.06667°N 79.89333°E / 7.06667; 79.89333
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Gampaha District
Government
 • Urban Council Ja-Ela Urban Council
 • Mayor Shammika Dias (UPFA)
Time zone UTC+5:30 (SLST)
Postal code 11350
Area code(s) 011
Website www.jaela.ds.gov.lk

Ja-Ela is a suburb of Colombo, located approximately 20 km (12 mi) north of the Colombo city centre. Ja-Ela lies on the A3 road which overlaps with the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway at the Ja-Ela Junction.

Etymology[edit]

The etymology of the name is uncertain, and there are several yet arguable interpretations of the name. Howbeit, based on verified historical shreds of evidence, the etymology of the place, Ja Ela is based on both Malay & Sinhala languages. "Ja" and "Javan" are referential terms used by the Sinhalese, Moors & Tamils to address the Malays/ Javanese or those of Indonesian descent and the term "Ela" is derived from Sinhala language meaning stream/ lake/ canal.[1]

Local Government Council[edit]

Ja-Ela is admistered by the Ja-Ela Urban Council.

Economy[edit]

The economy in Ja-Ela consists of commercial enterprises, office and industrial employment.

Shopping malls[edit]

Movie theatres[edit]

  • Cinemax 3D
  • Vista Lite 3D

Demographics[edit]

Majority of the people from Ja-Ela are generally Sinhalese, along with other minority communities such as Tamils, Muslims and Burghers.

The following table summarises the population of Ja-Ela according to ethnicity (2011 Census)

Ethnicity Population % of Total
Sinhalese 186,086 92.3%
Sri Lankan Moors 853 0.423%
Sri Lankan Tamils 8,042 4%
Indian Tamils 1,236 0.613%
Burghers 3,453 1.71%
Bharatha 45 0.02%
Sri Lankan Malays 1,239 0.614%
Sri Lankan Chetty 120 0.06%
Others 447 0.22%
Total 201,521 100%

[2]

Transport[edit]

This suburb is situated on the main road A3, between Colombo municipality and Negombo municipality. Ja-Ela is situated very close to the Bandaranaike International Airport. There is also a bus stand in Ja-Ela which provides access to Colombo, Negombo, Gampaha. The traffic issues at Ja-Ela have been reduced after the introduction of the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway, which serves an interchange at Ja-Ela.

Rail[edit]

The Ja-Ela railway station is located on the Puttalam line and was opened in 1908. It is the fourth station on the line and is 22.15 km (13.76 mi) from Colombo Fort railway station. The station provides commuter access to the Colombo and Chilaw areas.


Buses[edit]

  • Negombo - Ja-Ela
  • Gampaha - Ja-Ela
  • Fort - Ja-Ela
  • Ragama - Ja-Ela
  • Nittambuwa - Ja-Ela
  • Ganemulla - Ja-Ela
  • Raddolugama - Ja-Ela

Schools[edit]

  • Mary Immaculate Convent -Thudalla
  • Christ King College - Thudalla
  • Jayanthi Vidyalaya - Ja-ela (Town)
  • St. Mary's College Ja-ela (Town)

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(88)
33
(91)
34
(93)
34
(93)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
32
(90)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
22
(72)
24
(75)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(72)
24
(75)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 16
(0.63)
19
(0.75)
22
(0.87)
63
(2.48)
54
(2.13)
87
(3.43)
130
(5.12)
140
(5.51)
111
(4.37)
192
(7.56)
141
(5.55)
71
(2.8)
1,046
(41.18)
Average precipitation days 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 4 5 8 7 4 43
Source: World Climate Guide. To check the current Weather - Visit: https://www.worldweatheronline.com/ja-ela-weather/western/lk.aspx

References[edit]

  1. ^ Careem, Tuan M. Zameer.(2017). Persaudaraan (Brotherhood). Malay Life in Sri Lanka (2nd ed). Colombo: S Godage & Brothers. Print
  2. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.lk/pophousat/cph2011/Pages/Activities/Reports/District/Gampaha.pdf