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Piliyandala පිළියන්දල பிலியந்தலை is located in Sri Lanka
Piliyandala පිළියන්දල பிலியந்தலை


Coordinates: 6°51′0″N 79°57′0″E / 6.85000°N 79.95000°E / 6.85000; 79.95000Coordinates: 6°51′0″N 79°57′0″E / 6.85000°N 79.95000°E / 6.85000; 79.95000
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictColombo District
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+6
Postal Code

Piliyandala (Sinhala:පිළියන්දල) is a suburb of the city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. which is situated approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) south of Colombo. It is one of the relatively more populated suburbs located in the Colombo District of the Western Province, Sri Lanka and it is surrounded by the suburbs of Moratuwa, Kesbawa, Maharagama, Pannipitiya, Bandaragama and Kahathuduwa. Piliyandala has a thriving market in the town centre (next to the clock tower) and the Kesbewa Urban Council is also located in Piliyandala.

In 2008 the suburb was subject to a bus bombing, which was committed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.


It is said that prince Sapumal after capturing Yapa-Patuna (modern day Jaffna) in the 15th century AD, changed his attire in the area of Piliyandala before meeting the king in the Kotte kingdom. Thus, the name Piliyandala is derived from the words 'Pili+Andi+Pala' (පිළි+ඇඳි+පල), meaning the place where the clothes were worn. [1]

Piliyandala clock tower[edit]

According to local residents and documentation, Piliyandala clock tower is one of the tallest in the island rising to a height of 78 feet with a 16 foot girth. The clock tower was erected by D. Simon Samarakoon, in the memory of his parents Cornelis Wijewickrema Samarakoon and his wife. The foundation stone for the erection of the clock tower was laid by the then Minister of Local Government C.W.W. Kannangara on 11 September 1952. The construction being completed in seven months, the clock tower was commissioned on 30 April 1953 and has been running ever since.

The clock tower in existence for more than 60 years is considered to be of archaeological value thus providing the Piliyandala town with a historical background.[2]

Piliyandala Clock Tower


Piliyandala Central College, the first national sports school established in Sri Lanka is situated in this suburb. It is one of the first central colleges founded by Hon. C. W. W. Kannangara and has about 5,000 students. The school provides facilities for sports such as Rugby, Carrom, Cricket, Football, Girls' Football, Chess, Wushu, Badminton, Karate, Swimming, Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball and Netball. Other popular schools in the area include;[3]

Primary Schools Secondary Schools Private Schools (International)
Piliyandala No: 1 Kanishta Vidyalaya Mampe Dharmaraja Maha Vidyalaya Negombo South International School
Somaweera Chandrasiri Vidyalaya Sir John Kotelawela Maha Vidyalaya Guidance International School
Mampe Junior School Madapaatha Philip Artygalle Maha Vidyalaya Leeds International School
Deltara Kanishta Vidyalaya Kesbewa Dharmasena Attygalle Balika Vidyalaya Linfield International School
Makuluduwa Kanishta Vidyalaya Wewala Ananda Samarakoon Vidyalaya
Makuluduwa Kanishta Vidyalaya
Hedigama Sri Sudarshana Kanishta Vidyalaya

Beyond the schools in the region, Piliyandala remains only a mere 3.5 kilometers away from the University of Moratuwa, one of the prestigious technical universities in the country.


Piliyandala is a Sinhala majority area; there are minor communities belonging to other ethnic groups, such as the Moors and Tamils.


Piliyandala has a number of Buddhist religious places of the Sinhalese belong to the Theravada school, including:

  • Sri Bimbaramaya, Kolamunna
  • Sri Sudarshanaramaya, Hedigama
  • Sri Jayabodhi Viharaya, Piliyandala

Piliyandala also has a number of churches, including:

Piliyandala Vesak Thorana[edit]

The narration of Jātaka tales has been developed into Thoran tradition which is unique to Sri Lankan Buddhist culture. Continuing this iconic tradition, in Vesak season of Sri Lanka, an electrically lit pandol which is famous as Piliyandala Thorana is erected in front of the Piliyandala Central College. In these pandols, each scene of a selected Jataka tale will be boarded with different colored lights which created attractive patterns and sequence of different lighting patterns was electronically programmed.

Piliyandala Thorana is usually accompanied by singing or reciting the story in verses and they are in the special form of poetry reciting or singing which is known as “viridu”; and certain thorana is accompanied by dialog in addition to the reciting. Piliyandala Thorana is sponsored by local donors, religious societies and mainly organized by Vaishakya Pujothsava Kamituwa of Piliyandala.



Divisional Hospital - Piliyandala (which was established as a Maternity Home in 1939) is a type - B divisional hospital belongs to Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka. Currently the hospital offers dental clinic, family health clinic, medical clinic, mental health clinic, anti natal clinic, baby clinic, well women clinic, family planning clinics, skin clinic, Direct Observation Treatment (DOT) for TB unit and laboratory services..[4]


Two major roads run through of Piliyandala. The road connecting Colombo and Horana, known as the 120 bus route and the road connecting Mount Lavinia and Kottawa (the 255 bus route). In addition, a new bypass road named Piliyandala Bypass Road was built in 2015 connecting Piliyandala and Kesbewa Junction. The beaches of Mount Lavinia are a 15-30 minute drive away from Piliyandala.There are other bus routes from Maharagama to Piliyandala, Bandaragama to Pilyandala(the 162 bus route).

Bus Routes travelling via Piliyandala

Bus Routes terminating at Piliyandala

  • 127 - Moragahahena
  • 139 - Kohuwala
  • 139/1 - Kalubowila
  • 149 - Diyagama / Homagama
  • 149 - Bandaragama (via Diyakada)
  • 157 - Kahapola
  • 157/1 - Makandana (Via Batakettara)
  • 158 - Moratuwa
  • 159 - Palagama
  • 162 - Bandaragama
  • 162/1 - Ambalangoda (western)
  • 295 - Dampe
  • 296 - Kottawa (via Gorakapitiya)
  • 341 - Maharagama
  • 342 - Kottawa (via Polgasowita)


  1. ^ "PILIYANDALA – FROM 15TH CENTURY TRANSIT POINT TO COLOMBO'S MAIN TRANSPORT HUB". LankaPropertyWeb.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Homage to 50 years old clock tower". Daily News. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  3. ^ "School Information". Piliyandala Education Zone. Archived from the original on 7 August 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Divisional Hospital - Piliyandala". Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 31 July 2015.