Kegalle Clock Tower
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Kegalle (Sinhalese: කෑගල්ල; Tamil: கேகாலை) is a large town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is located on the Colombo–Kandy 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.
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
Schools and educational institutes
The town has five leading schools namely Kegalu Vidyalaya, Kegalu Balika Vidyalaya, St. Mary's College, St. Joseph Balika Vidyalaya (formerly known as St. Joseph's Convent) and Swarna Jayanthi Vidyalaya, as well as a junior technical college.
Higher Education Institutes
- Open University of Sri Lanka - Study Center
- Advanced Technological Institute
- National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority
- SANASA Campus
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. The Ranwala Rajamaha Viharaya and Ambanpitita temples are also located in this area.
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.
Notable people from Kegalle
- Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne - First elected member of Kegalle to State Council of Ceylon, Sri Lankan independence activist & Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development in the government of D. S. Senanayake.
- The Honourable Dr. P. B. G. Kalugalla - Member of Sri Lanka Parliament from Kegalle District for 26 years until 2000. He was the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Philippines
|Ethnicity||Population||% Of Total|
|Sri Lankan Tamil||629||3.6|
|Sri Lankan Moor||528||3.03|
|Other (including Burgher, Malay)||238||1.36|
- Kegalle District
- Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
- Alagalla Mountain Range
- Kegalu Vidyalaya
- "Sri Lanka - largest cities (per geographical entity)". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- Kalugalla passes away. The Island, Retrieved on 22 November 2007.
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