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Kegalle Clock Tower
Kegalle Clock Tower
Kegalle is located in Sri Lanka
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 7°15′11″N 80°20′43″E / 7.25306°N 80.34528°E / 7.25306; 80.34528Coordinates: 7°15′11″N 80°20′43″E / 7.25306°N 80.34528°E / 7.25306; 80.34528
Country Sri Lanka
Province Sabaragamuwa Province
District Kegalle District
Population (2012[1])
 • Total 17,962
Time zone SLST (UTC+05:30)
Postal code 71000
Area code(s) 035

Kegalle (Sinhalese: කෑගල්ල; Tamil: கேகாலை) is a large town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is located on the ColomboKandy road, approximately 78 km (48 mi) from Colombo and 40 km (25 mi) from Kandy. It is the main town in the Kegalle District, which is one of two districts which comprise Sabaragamuwa Province. The town is governed by an Urban Council.

The surrounding area produces graphite, precious stones and agricultural products such as rice. Kegalle has an agricultural based economy and mainly produces rubber. Kegalle is the nearest town to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a major tourist attraction in the area, which is 10.5 km (6.5 mi) to the north-east.

Historical grandeur[edit]

Kegalle District remarks on its great history dated back to the stone age of Sri Lanka.It is an assortment of proven evidences of the present day city formation. According to those evidences there had been a prosperous civilization in Kegalle prior to 28000 years.The caves of Beli lena, Dorawaka lena, Alu lena, Asmadala, Padavigampola, Batalegala, Lenagala, Ambala Kanda, Halamada, Heenatipana, Uthuwankanda, Beligala,Salawa, Yahalena,Salgala and Kela Dambulla endow with the evidences for that.

According to the archaeology of the Kegalle District,it has been a region in Maya Rata of the three divisions of Sri Lanka. Further it is noticeable by the latter half of the Sinhalese kingdom and also by the ruling period of the British. Those days Kegalle had been divided into three parts; named as “Satara Koralaya”,” Thun Koralaya” and “Patha Bulathgama”.

Physical information[edit]

Sir.Edwin Wijeyeratne First elected Kegalle member, State Council of Ceylon & Sri Lankan independence activist

Kegalle, situated in between the central highlands and western southern planes and has an enchanting environment. The height of the western region is less than 500 feet above sea level while the eastern region exceeds 1,000 feet. Rubber cultivation has stretched over most of the area of the district and minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg takes an important place in the district's economy. Sri Lanka’s best graphite mine is situated at Bogala in Kegalle District. The extent of the District is 1692.8 km2 (169,280 in hectares). Sri Lanka 65610 km2

The economic maturity[edit]

The land has become another fertile facilitator to the cultivation promoted needs of the citizens of Kegalle.The district mainly being an agrarian society, rubber, tea and coconut are cultivated as the main crops of it. Apart from that clove, pepper, coffee and cocoa too are being cultivated as secondary commodities. As of the Rubber cultivation, 33% of the agrarian lands have been utilized for it.29000 acres of land area have been occupied for the paddy cultivation.The rain water is the main resource provider for the cultivations in Kegalle.

Minerals are another lucrative donor of the district of Kegalle.The Bogala graphite is one of the most notable mine in Kegalle district and marks a half amount of the total mineral export of Sri Lanka.The gem distribution near the Kelani River further boosts for the economic prosperity of the district.

Schools and educational institutes[edit]

High Schools[edit]

The town has five leading schools namely

  • Kegalu Vidyalaya - Kegalle,
  • Kegalu Balika Vidyalaya - Kegalle
  • St. Mary's College - Kegalle
  • St. Joseph Balika Vidyalaya - Kegalle (formerly known as St. Joseph's Convent)
  • Swarna Jayanthi Vidyalaya - Kegalle

Other schools in Kegalle.

National schools

  • Aranayake Central College (M.M.V.), Ussapitiya
  • Baduriya College, Mawanella
  • Bandaranayake Maha Viddayalaya, Hettimulla
  • Dehiowita M.V.
  • Dharul Uloom Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, Rambukkana
  • Dudley Senanayaka Central College (M.M.V.), Tholangamuwa
  • Hathgampala Maha Vidyalaya, Aranayaka
  • Mayura paada M.M.V., Mawanella
  • Molagoda Jayapala Maha Vidyalaya
  • Pinnawala Central College (M.M.V.), Rambukkana
  • Rajasinghe Central College (M.M.V.), Ruwanwella
  • Sirisaman M.M.V., Deraniyagala
  • Sulaimaniya Navodya School, Kannattota
  • Thalgaspitiya Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, Aranayake
  • Walagama Maha Vidyalaya, Dewalegama
  • Yatiyantota M.M.V.
  • Zahira College Mawanella (Muslim M.M.V.)

Higher Education Institutes[edit]


At present, Kegalle being one of the most hospitable and cozy district it has become one of the profitable tourist attractions of the country.The rhythmical plummet of waterfalls of Asupini Ella,the shabby of Kurulu Kelaya with the lengthiest fungi tree of Sri Lanka, Pinnawala elephant orphanage and the Pinnawala Open Air zoo (First Open Air Zoo in Sri Lanka) and pool resources into be another dynamic co -hand of the economy ,culture and society of Sri Lanka .

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage[edit]

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.

Asupini Ella[edit]

Asupini Ella (waterfall) also called `Asupini Falls` is a beautiful waterfall that can be seen from the historic town of Aranayake. According to ancient tales, it was named after the story about a King who had many queens. On his return from war, he assured them that he would give them a sign from the hills about the fate of the war. He said, “If his soldiers waved a white flag over the hills, it would mean he was defeated and killed in action. But, if he waved his own flag bearing his crest, that he was victorious

Buddhist Temples[edit]

Wewaladeniya Viharaya, also known as Kegalla Siri Mahindodaya Piriwen Viharaya is one of oldest temples in Kegalle. It is located at the centre of the town.


Alagalla Mountain Range in Sabaragamuwa province is "Freedom Summit" in Sri Lanka, where an annual folk climbing event takes place on 4 February commemorating country's independent from British empire.[citation needed]

Notable people from Kegalle[edit]


Ethnicity in Kegalle(2001)
Population Percent
Sri Lankan Tamils
Sri Lankan Moors
Indian Tamils
Ethnicity Population % Of Total
Sinhala 15,882 91.11
Sri Lankan Tamil 629 3.6
Sri Lankan Moor 528 3.03
Indian Tamils 153 0.88
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 238 1.36
Total 17,430 100

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sri Lanka - largest cities (per geographical entity)". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  2. ^ Kalugalla passes away. The Island, Retrieved on 22 November 2007.

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