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Maharagama is located in Colombo District
Location of Maharagama in Colombo District
Coordinates: 6°50′58″N 79°55′25″E / 6.84944°N 79.92361°E / 6.84944; 79.92361Coordinates: 6°50′58″N 79°55′25″E / 6.84944°N 79.92361°E / 6.84944; 79.92361
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictColombo District
 • Urban Councildecide on next local government election
Population (2012)
 • Total195,355
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (SLT)
Postal Code10280 [1]

Maharagama is a large suburb of Colombo city in Colombo District, Sri Lanka on the High-Level (A4) Road about 15 km from the centre of the commercial capital. It developed rapidly in the 1980s as a dormitory suburb. Governed by the Maharagama Urban Council, the town possesses facilities like supermarkets, department stores, clothing, food and severages shops to fulfill the needs of citizens.

There are number of bus routes passing the area and starting from the suburb that connect Maharagama to all the suburbs. There's a depot of the Sri Lanka Transport Board in Maharagama.

Maharagama Urban Council[edit]

Zone [2][edit]

  • Mirihana
  • Madivela
  • Thalawathugoda
  • Kottawa
  • Pannipitiya
  • Maharagama
  • Godigamuwa


According to the census of 2012, the demographics of Maharagama by religion and ethnicity is as follows.

Religious & Ethnic Identification in Maharagama Urban Council area [3] [4]
2012 Percentage
Buddhist 179,649 91.96%
Roman Catholic 6,582 3.37%
Other Christian 3,267 1.67%
Hindu 2,905 1.49%
Islam 2,765 1.42%
Other 187 0.10%
Total 195,355 100.00%
Sinhalese 187,363 95.90
Sri Lankan Tamils 3,107 1.59
Sri Lankan Moors 1,369 0.70
Burghers 1,343 0.68
Sri Lankan Malays 1,143 0.58
Indian Tamils 529 0.27
Bharatha 471 0.24
Sri Lankan Chetty 82 0.04
Other 16 0.00
Total 195,355 100.00%

Important places around Maharagama[edit]

  • National Youth Services Council
  • National Institute of Education
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Sri Vajiragnana Dharmayatanaya (Bhikkhu Training Center)
  • National Teachers' Training College
  • National Ayurvedic Hospital
  • Boralesgamuwa Lake
  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • National Dental Institute
  • Sri Jawardenapura National Hospital
  • Arpico Super Center, Navinna

Schools in Maharagama[edit]

  • President's College, Maharagama
  • Vidyakara Balika Maha Vidyalaya
  • Buwanekaba Maha Vidyalaya
  • Central College
  • Dharmashoka Kanista Vidyalaya
  • Royal Institute International School
  • JMC International School

Public transport[edit]


Trains starting from Colombo Fort stop at Maharagama Railway Station and nearby Nawinna Railway Station. The stations lie on the Kelani Valley Line, with local trains to Colombo Fort, Maradana, and Avissawella.

Maharagama Railway Station is in the Pamunuwa area.

Currently the Kelani Valley Line serves an increasingly urbanizing population between Colombo Fort and Maharagama. Though capacity increased through broad-gauging the line, services face limitations due to sharp curves and the illegal construction on the sides of the track between Colombo and Maharagama.

Bus routes[edit]

Maharagama, which is in the middle of few important areas, has bus routes that access to the suburb centre.

Bus routes heading via Maharagama to/from Colombo: (via High Level Rd, Nugegoda and Kirulapona)

Local bus routes terminating at Maharagama:

Long-distance bus service via Maharagama to/from Colombo:

Long-distance bus service terminating at Maharagama operated by the SLTB:


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ "Ward Maps of Colombo District – Maharagama Urban Council" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka - Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012".
  4. ^ "Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka - Population by divisional secretariat division, religion and sex- 2012" (PDF).