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Moratuwa is located in Sri Lanka
Location of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°47′56.66″N 79°52′36.04″E / 6.7990722°N 79.8766778°E / 6.7990722; 79.8766778Coordinates: 6°47′56.66″N 79°52′36.04″E / 6.7990722°N 79.8766778°E / 6.7990722; 79.8766778
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Colombo District
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 207,755
Time zone SLT (UTC+5:30)
Postal Code 10400

Moratuwa is a large suburb of Colombo city, on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, near Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia. It is situated on the GalleColombo (Galle road) main highway, 18 km south of Colombo city centre. Moratuwa is surrounded on three sides by water, except in the north of the city, by the Indian Ocean on the west and the Bolgoda lake on the east. According to the 2001 census, the suburb had a population of 177,190.[1]

Moratuwa is also the birthplace of Veera Puran Appu, a hero who rose against oppression by the British in Kandy and the legendary philanthropist Sir Charles Henry de Soysa.

Suburb structure[edit]

Moratuwa consists of 23 main areas: Angulana, Borupana, Dahampura, Egoda Uyana, Idama, Indibedda, Kadalana, Kaduwamulla, Kaldemulla, Katubedda, Katukurunda, Koralawella, Lakshapathiya, Lunawa, Molpe, Moratumulla, Puwakaramba, Rawathawatta, Soysapura, Thelawala, Uswatta, Uyana and Willorawatta.[2]


Industries in Moratuwa include the manufacture of furniture, rubber products, batteries, transformers, and wood handicrafts. This suburb is also a fishing and trading center. Of these, Moratuwa is most well known for its furniture.


The University of Moratuwa, a leading technological university in South Asia is situated on the banks of the Bolgoda Lake in Katubedda, Moratuwa. Popular high schools in the area include Prince of Wales' College, Our Lady of Victories Convent, St. Sebastian's College, Moratu Maha Vidyalaya and Methodist High School.


Moratuwa is famous for its cricket stars such as Duleep Mendis, Susil Fernando, Ajantha Mendis, Amal Silva, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Prasanna Jayawardene, Roger Wejesuriya, Hemal Mendis & Granville De Silva (Double International - Basketball & Cricket). Sriyan Samararathna and Lloyd Patternot were selected to play for Sri-Lanka Schools Under 19 Team along with Duleep Mendis and Flavian Aponso. Gratian Karunarathne, Priyalal Rodrigo, Angelo Perera and many others.

An international cricket stadium, De Soysa Stadium (Tyronne Fernando Stadium) is situated in Moratuwa.


Cambrian Somapala Perera was the only Moratuwa boy who was selected to play for Sri-Lanka Football Team in 1969 & Sebastianite Suraj Fernando was selected to tour Under 19 Sri-Lanka Schools Football Team to Bangkok in 1973 but unfortunately the tour was cancelled due to lack of funds. Latter then played for Saunders Sports Club, Pettah and captained the team and was in the Sri-Lanka National Football Pool for nearly 4 years.


Moratuwa is well famous for Basketball and produced many Sri-Lankan Players like Capt Elmo Jayawardena, Duncan Jayawardena, Climarcus Fernando, Granville De Silva (Double International - Cricket & Basketball)(Cambrian),Theja Cooray, Priya Cooray, Sriya Cooray, Asha Cooray, Anuradha Cooray (All from Capt. Cooray family fame), Charmaine Caldera, Srikalal Fernando, Samson De Mel (Simbo) named few.


Moratuwa is famous for its music and is home to some well-known musicians such as W. D. Amaradeva, C.T. Fernando, M. S. Fernando, Nihal Nelson, Golden Chimes Band, Los Flamingos, Christopher Paul, Priya Peiris (La Bambas), Sunil Perera (The Gypsies), Paul Fernando, Saman De Silva, Chandimal Fernando, Chandra Devadithiya, Punsiri Soysa, Derik De Silva (Cambrian), John Derek De Silva (Sebastianite), Danapala Udawaththa, Rajiv Sebastian, Lankika Perera, Lucky Deva, Malkanthi Nandhasiri, Ivan De Silva, Merril Fernando, Lincon De Silva, Niranjala Sarojini, Hemasiri Fernando, Chandral Fonseka, Asanka Priyamantha Peiris and Wheels Combo (First Band in Sri Lanka)and also Surenie de Mel.

The town also has a famous theme song, Punsada paaya Moratuwa dillenna[1] (meaning "Moratuwa in the splendour of the full moon"), which is a staple at most musical events held in Moratuwa. Clarence Wijewardena also composed Moratuwa in tribute to the town.


Moratuwa consisting of all ethnic and religious groups seen in Sri Lanka. This suburb has a percentage Christian population after Negombo city, significantly higher than the national average.

Ethnicity Population % Of Total
Sinhalese 168,324 95.00
Sri Lankan Tamils 4,433 2.50
Indian Tamils 375 0.21
Sri Lankan Moors 2,452 1.38
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 1,606 0.91
Total 177,190 100
Religion Population  % of Total
Buddhists 124,205 70.00
Catholics 33,893 19.1
Other Christians 11,806 6.7
Islam 3,311 1.9
Hindu 3,367 1.9
Total 177,190 100

Public library[edit]

The Public library of Moratuwa Municipal Council “Janasetha Kala Ketha” at Galle Road, Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka was opened in 1987.This was constructed by the funds raised by Moratuwa municipal council to the amount of rupees 15 laks and 50 laks by the Japanese organization “World Exposition Commemorative”. The library was constructed according to Japanese architecture.nAmong the other facilities provided by the main library are art and stories hour and Tamil language hour for children, Computer classes for children and adults, conference, lectures etc. Every year the library celebrates the literature month (September) and National reading month (October), conducting various activities to develop reading habits among the children. Janasetha Kala Ketha the public library of Moratuwa has been awarded as The Best Public Library in Colombo district in the years 2012, 2013 and as The Best Public Library in the Western Province of the Island in 2012.


The main road transport link to Moratuwa is the Colombo-Galle Highway (Galle Road), which links the suburb from the north and south. Moratuwa is linked to the outside by four bridges, old Moratuwa Bridge at the town centre, New Galle Road Bridge at Modara, Kospalana Bridge and Borupana Road Bridge, all across the Bolgoda lake. The town is linked by Galle Road to the north at Ratmalana, to Panadura to the south and to Pilyandala in the east. Access to the Southern Expressway from Moratuwa is either through Kottawa or by Horana Road.

The coastal railway line from Colombo to Matara runs through Moratuwa along the coast. Railway stations at Angulana, Lunawa, Moratuwa, Koralawella and Egodauyana serve residents of Moratuwa.


  1. ^ "Sri Lanka: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Administrative Map - District Division: Moratuwa". Retrieved 2008-07-14. 


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