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Piliyanadala (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. Although previously known as a residential town, the congestion and traffic of Colombo is starting to reach the heart of Piliyandala as well. Piliyandala has a thriving market in the town centre (next to the clock tower) and the Kesbewa Urban Council is also located in Piliyandala.
The suburb is well known for the bus bombing, which was committed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Outside of this event, Piliyandala is a safe town, not known for other violent events, which made the 2008 event a big shock to residents.
Piliyandala clock tower
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.
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;
- Piliyandala No: 1 Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Somaweera Chandrasiri Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Deltara Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Makuluduwa Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Hedigama Sri Sudarshana Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Mampe Dharmaraja Maha Vidyalaya
- Sir John Kotelawela Maha Vidyalaya
- Kesbewa Dharmasena Attygalle Balika Vidyalaya
- Wewala Ananda Samarakoon Vidyalaya
- Central College Piliyandala
Piliyandala is a Sinhala majority area; there are minor communities belonging to other ethnic groups, such as Moors and Tamils. Piliyandala has some Buddhist religious places of the Sinhalese belonging to the Theravada school which includes;
- Sri Bimbaramaya, Kolamunna
- Sri Sudarshanaramaya, Hedigama
- Sri Jayabodhi Viharaya, Piliyandala
Piliyandala Vesak Thorana
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.
Established as a Maternity Home in 1939, Divisional Hospital - Piliyandala is now a Type - B Divisional Hospital belongs to Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka. Currently 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.
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
- 120 - Pettah - Piliyandala - Kesbewa / Horana
- 162 - Pettah - Bandaragama
- 255 - Mt Lavinia - Kottawa (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)