Chilaw, Puttalam

Chilaw, located in the Puttalam District of Sri Lanka's North Western Province, is a charming coastal town known for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful beaches, and vibrant fishing industry. Approximately 80 km north of Colombo, Chilaw is easily accessible and offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city life. The town is historically significant, having been visited by Mahatma Gandhi, and is home to a diverse population practising various religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam.

Chilaw's economy is heavily reliant on fishing, particularly prawn and crab farming, which contributes significantly to the local economy. The town is also famous for its pearl fishing industry. The climate is warm and humid throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for beach activities and outdoor excursions.
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City Insights

tick iconSituated in the Puttalam District, approximately 80 km north of Colombo.
tick iconExcellent road and rail connectivity with major routes to Colombo, Kandy, and Trincomalee.
tick iconPredominantly driven by fishing, agriculture, and tourism, with a focus on prawn and crab farming.
tick iconCulturally diverse with a mix of ethnicities and religions, reflecting a harmonious coexistence.
tick iconStrong sense of community with ongoing developments enhancing the living standards and attracting new residents.
tick iconRich historical significance with ancient temples and colonial-era landmarks.

Known Landmarks

  • Sri Vijayaramaya - Chilaw

  • Devagiri viharaya - Chilaw

  • Ceypetco Filling Station - Chilaw

  • District General Hospital - Chilaw

  • Main Bus Stand - Chilaw

  • St.Mary's Collge - Chilaw


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Bus Routes

4Chilaw - Galkissa
4-11Chilaw - Colombo
48/525Maduru Oya - Chilaw
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmChilaw Railway Station
2.2kmSawarana Train Station

New Developments

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

What’s great here?

tick iconWell-maintained road networks and reliable train services facilitating easy travel.
tick iconConvenient access to essential services and amenities, including markets, shops, clinics and banks.
tick iconBeautiful beaches and natural attractions like Chilaw Beach Park.
tick iconGenerally low crime rates and strong community ties enhance overall safety.
tick iconCharming coastal town known for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful beaches, and vibrant fishing industry.
tick iconRich biodiversity with numerous protected areas and natural reserves.

What needs attention?

tick iconAccess to limited public transport options in remote areas.
tick iconTraffic congestion along the Chilaw-Colombo road during peak hours.
tick iconNeed for more advanced healthcare facilities and specialised medical services.
tick iconLimited entertainment options such as shopping centres and theatres.
tick iconOccasional incidence of petty crimes in less surveillanced areas.
tick iconInconsistent waste management practices in some areas.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute3.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities3.5 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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