Balangoda, Ratnapura

Balangoda, located in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa Province, is a town steeped in history and natural beauty. Situated 143 km southeast of Colombo and 43 km from Ratnapura, Balangoda is notable for its hilly terrain and rich biodiversity. This town is also famous for the discovery of prehistoric skeletal remains known as "Balangoda Man," providing significant insights into the early human inhabitants of South Asia. Additionally, Balangoda is the birthplace of notable figures such as Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero and Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first female head of government.

Balangoda's economy is primarily driven by agriculture, including tea, rubber, and vegetable farming, alongside gem mining. The town's lush landscapes and favourable climate make it ideal for both cultivation and tourism. Visitors can explore a range of natural attractions, from picturesque waterfalls to scenic hiking trails, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

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City Insights

tick iconSituated in the hilly central region of Sri Lanka, part of the Sabaragamuwa Mountain Range.
tick iconAccessible via major highways and well-connected by bus routes to Colombo and other key cities.
tick iconA culturally rich town with a diverse population engaged in various traditional and modern livelihoods.
tick iconAn economy driven by agriculture (tea, rubber, vegetables), gem mining, and tourism.
tick iconHome to important religious sites and annual festivals, reflecting its deep cultural heritage.
tick iconFamous for the discovery of Balangoda Man and as the birthplace of significant historical figures.

Known Landmarks

  • Balangoda City

  • Balangoda Clock Tower

  • Main Bus Stand Balangoda

  • Post Office Balangoda

  • KFC Balangoda


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Bus Routes

71Balangoda - Colombo
117Kuttapitiya - Balangoda
121Rukaththana - Balangoda
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New Developments

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

What’s great here?

tick iconWell-maintained road networks and reliable public transportation.
tick iconProximity to major cities like Colombo and Ratnapura.
tick iconAccess to beautiful natural attractions such as waterfalls and national parks.
tick iconAvailability of educational institutions and basic healthcare facilities.
tick iconReasonable access to a range of public facilities and amenities that cater to the day-to-day needs of residents.
tick iconSafe, close-knit neighbourhoods and communities that look out for each other.
tick iconAmple pockets of lush greenery which add to the natural charm and environmental quality of the area.
tick iconCooler and more comfortable climates due to higher altitudes.

What needs attention?

tick iconLimited public transport options late at night.
tick iconA need to improve and develop inner road networks to facilitate smoother mobility and transport.
tick iconNeed for more recreational facilities and modern amenities.
tick iconNeed for more comprehensive and advanced healthcare and educational facilities.
tick iconEnhancements needed in street lighting and pedestrian safety in the inner areas.
tick iconA need for better waste management practices to protect the natural environment.

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 & Security4.5 out of 5
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Environment4.5 out of 5

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