Alawwa, Kurunegala

Alawwa is a charming town located in the Kurunegala District of Sri Lanka's North Western Province. Known for its strategic location and historical significance, Alawwa is positioned at the border between the North Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. The town is part of the Coconut Triangle, a region renowned for its coconut production. Surrounded by lush greenery, the Maha Oya river forms a natural boundary between the two provinces. Alawwa's economy thrives on agriculture, particularly coconut and paddy cultivation, making it a vital hub for local trade and commerce. The population of Alawwa was recorded as 63,667 in the 2012 census.

Alawwa is not only agriculturally rich but also steeped in history and culture. It is home to ancient ruins and religious sites that reflect its storied past. The town's historical landmarks, coupled with its scenic natural beauty, make it a captivating destination for both residents and visitors. The local community is diverse, with various cultural and religious influences shaping the social fabric of Alawwa.
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City Insights

tick iconSituated at the border between the North Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, part of the Coconut Triangle.
tick iconWell-connected by major roads and railways, providing easy access to Colombo and other key cities.
tick iconThe majority of the population practises Buddhism, which significantly shapes the town's cultural and social activities.
tick iconPredominantly agriculturally driven economy, with a focus on coconut and paddy cultivation, and local commerce.
tick iconHome to significant religious sites, historical landmarks, and annual cultural festivals that reflect its deep cultural heritage.
tick iconRich in historical significance with ancient ruins and landmarks, including the Maligagodella Ruins.

Known Landmarks

  • Shopping Complex And Bus Stand - Alawwa

  • Divitional Hospital - Alawwa

  • Post Office - Alawwa

  • Railway Station - Alawwa

  • Sri Rahula Central Collage - Alawwa


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Bus Routes

505Alawwa - Giriulla
513Alawwa - Narammulla
557Alawwa - Kurunegala
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmAlawwa Railway Station
9.3kmPolgahawela Railway Station
4.4kmWalakumbura Railway Station

New Developments

tick iconCurrently, there are no new developments reported in this area.

What’s great here?

tick iconExcellent road connectivity via the A6 highway to Colombo and other regions.
tick iconRegular bus services and a local railway station facilitating easy travel.
tick iconPeaceful suburban environment with easy access to the amenities of nearby towns.
tick iconRelatively convenient access to a range of public amenities and facilities that cater to the day to day needs of residents.
tick iconRich cultural heritage with numerous temples and historical sites.
tick iconGenerally a safe area with a strong sense of community.
tick iconOffers ample pockets of greenery and rural charm.

What needs attention?

tick iconLimited public transport options during late hours.
tick iconTraffic congestion during peak times, especially on routes to and from Colombo.
tick iconLimited access to advanced healthcare facilities and specialised services within Alawwa itself.
tick iconLimited options for higher education institutions within the town.
tick iconEnhancement of emergency response services and infrastructure needed.
tick iconPotential for environmental impact from increasing urbanisation and tourism.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute3.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities3 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4.5 out of 5

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