Kegalle

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Kegalle
කෑගල්ල
கேகாலை
Town
Kegalle Clock Tower
Kegalle Clock Tower
Kegalle is located in Sri Lanka
Kegalle
Kegalle
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
Website www.kegalletown.com

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.

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

Schools and educational institutes[edit]

High Schools[edit]

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[edit]

Attractions[edit]

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. The Ranwala Rajamaha Viharaya and Ambanpitita temples are also located in this area.

Other[edit]

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]

Demographics[edit]

Ethnicity in Kegalle(2001)
Population Percent
Sinhalese
  
91.11%
Sri Lankan Moors
  
3.03%
Sri Lankan Tamils
  
3.6%
Indian Tamils
  
0.88%
Others
  
1.36%
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]

References[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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