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The glory of Balangoda.

History runs back to the period of the famous legend “Rama Ravana” . Balangoda which is situated at an attitude of 670 m (2096 ft) belongs to the Sabaragamuwa province. Its surroundings are enchanting. One can reach this city traveling 147km east of Colombo and 57 km west of Badulla. This is one of main cities that belongs to kadawatha mada korale in Rattnapura district. This area is bounded by the pettigala mountain range in the west, the steep crest of Detanagala known as the southern steep in the north and mahawalatenna plateau in the east.
The irrigation system of Balangoda mainly consists of two rivers called the walawe ganga and way ganga. Dorawela oya and Belihuloya meet the Walawe River at Balangoda. The Way ganga originates at Mawela. The average temperature of Balangoda is about 27C and the average rainfall exceeds 2000 mm. Heavy rain is experienced during the months of March,April October and November. February and August are warm and windy.
When the geographical history of Balangoda is taken into consideration it is evident that it runs to the prehistoric era. Evidence shows that lives originated from the period of plistozena in the geological era.
The geological structure of Balangoda is a result of chemical and geological evaluation that originated from the prehistoric era. There for Balangoda is famous for precious stones such as Cats eye, blue sapphire, emerald, geuda, and so on.
The majer type of soil is red and yellow Podsolic which is very fertile.
Clay and Kaolin are widely found and used in various industries such as the pottery and ceramic industries. The iron industry is also popular as a domestic industry in Hatanpola nad Hatangala. The “Maran” tree which is abundant in this area is used as fuel which is required for the above industry. The name given to the village Marangahawela implies the fact of abundances of this particular type of plant which has a high thermal power found in Kirimatitenna is used for making tiles Lanka walltiles LTD.
The population density of Balangoda is 256 per one square kilo meters, and the population consists of businessmen’s, Farmers and government officers.
Duwili Ella and Diyawini Ella waterfalls which are situated about 18 km away from Balangoda town enhance the natural beauty of this charming city.
As the very name implies the waters that cascade from the height of 92 feet forms a spray of tiny drops of water like a cloud of dust. The Ride waterfall of the Walawe river is a blessing to Balangoda today. Diyawini Ella which is also a creation of the Walawe river falls down facing a vast stretch of paddy fields.
Kuragala is yet another charming village that one should not forget to visit. It is situated between Kaltota and Rajawaka. Though it had originally been a Buddhist religious place it has how slipped in to oblivion and as a result has become a religious place of Muslims. Among the older stone pillars, the ruins of a place that is believed to be that of king Wimaladharmasuriya are also found in this area. The world famous cluster tombs of homosaphien Balangodaensis whose history runs up to 450000000000 years back are in the close vicinity of this waterfall.
The “Aluthnuwara Maha saman dewalaya” and the University of Sabaragamuwa are the landmarks of the modern development of Balangoda Mahawalathanna walawwa the birth place of the late Mrs. Sirimawo Bandaranayaka the first woman prime minister in the world and also the home of Clifford Ratwatthe, Mallika Ratwatthe and Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumarathunga contributes to creating history in Balangoda
It’s with pride mentioning the names of the most venerable Balangoda Ananda Maithreya thero and veverable Nahinne Sumanatissa thero who rendered a great service to uplift of this area.


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