Kurunegala ෴ කුරුණෑගල
Kurunegala, located 93 km away from Colombo, in the Northwest Province of Sri Lanka is a major commercial center. The town of Kurunegala is a transportation hub with main road leading to Puttalama in the Northwest, Dambulla in the Northwest and Kandy in the Southeast. The northern railway line from Colombo has its railway station at Kurunegala just a kilometer southeast of the main bus station.
To the north of the town center is Kurunegala reservoir that irrigate the agricultural district of Kurunegala. The city is surrounded by rock outcrops. The largest rocky outcrops of Kuruviniyagala (Tortoise Rock) and Etagala (Elephant Rock) are to the east of the city. Atop the southern end of Etagala is an enormous modern statue of Buddha and Etagala Vihara Buddhist temple.
Kurunegala had its glory during a brief period of a half century during the reign of Sinhalese Kings Buvanekabahu II (1293-1302) followed by Parakramabahu IV (1302-1326). Though town has no archeological ruins, the district of Kurunegala district is cluttered with archeological sites. The main archeological, historical and cultural sites within a radius of 25km are Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Panduwas Nuwara, Padeniya Raja Mahavihara Buddhist temple, Arankele ancient Buddhist monastery, and Ridi Viharaya temple.
About Kurunegala District
Kurunegala is the capital of the Wayamba Province in Sri Lanka and the Kurunegala District.Kurunegala was a royal capital for only 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the start of the next, though even before this it was strategically placed in the middle of other majestic strongholds such as Yapahuwa to the north, Dambadeniya to the south and Panduwasnuwara in the east. Ethagala a rock reaching 316 meters, towers over the town, which is located at an altitude of 116 meters above sea level. The shape of Ethagala resembles an Elephant. A transport hub, it has a railway station, and several main roads linking important parts of the country.Kurunegala is situated about 94 km from Colombo, and 42 km from Kandy.
Most of Kurunegala's residents belong to the Sinhalese majority. Other ethnic minorities include the Sri Lankan Moors, Sri Lankan Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Residents from ethnic minorities live in all parts of the city, however, sizeable communities of Moors and Tamils also live in the areas of Teliyagonna and Wilgoda.
About North Western Province
North Western Province is a province of Sri Lanka. The districts of Kurunegala and Puttalam formulate North Western or Wayamba. Its capital is Kurunegala, which has a population of 28,571. The province is known mainly for its numerous coconut plantations. Other main towns in this province are Chilaw (24,712) and Puttalam (45,661), which are both small fishing towns. The majority of the population of Wayamba province is of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a substantial Sri Lankan Moor minority around Puttalam and Sri Lankan Tamils in Udappu and Munneswaram. Fishing, prawn farming and rubber tree plantations are other prominent industries of the region. The province has an area of 7,888 km² and a population of 2,184,136 (2005 calculation).
Wayamba is the third largest paddy producing area in Sri Lanka .Wayamba has a highly developed agricultural economy, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, flowering plants, spices, oil-seeds in addition to the traditional plantation crops such as Coconut, Rubber and Rice. Rich soils and varied climate give Wayamba a potential for growing of virtually any crop.
In Wayamba or North western province, home for ancient Buddhist rock temples, magnificent citadels Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Kurunegala. Impressive remains of those citadels, palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries provide exciting sight seeing to the visitors.
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