Mahawa, Sri Lanka

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Maho junction railway station

Mahawa (also known as Maho) (Sinhalese: මහව) is a town in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. British used the word "Maho" as the name for this town because they were unable to pronounce "Mahawa" properly. It is located in the Kurunegala District. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians live in this town. The town is situated 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-west of the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress.[1] In addition the area contains some famous irrigation tanks such as "Mediyawa" and "Abakolawewa".[2]


It has a railway station, Maho railway station (also known as Mahawa railway station), which is located on the Northern line, which runs from Polgahawela to Kankesanthurai. It is near the junction of the Northern Line and the Batticaloa Line.


Education is delivered free of charge to all students of national schools, according to the government policy. These schools operate under both Government and Provincial Council.

Schools in the area


  1. ^ Cave, Henry William (1908). The Book of Ceylon: Being a Guide to Its Railway System and an Account of Its Varied Attractions for the Visitor and Tourist. Cassell and Company Ltd. p. 512. 
  2. ^ Cave, William Henry (1910). Ceylon Along the Rail Track. Cassell and Company Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 9789559170464. 

Coordinates: 07°49′22″N 80°16′40″E / 7.82278°N 80.27778°E / 7.82278; 80.27778