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Katunayake, Gampaha

Katunayake is a vibrant town located in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, approximately 30 kilometers north of Colombo. It is renowned for being the home of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), the primary international gateway to Sri Lanka. This strategic positioning has established Katunayake as a crucial transportation hub, facilitating both domestic and international travel. The presence of BIA has not only boosted the town's connectivity but also significantly influenced its economic landscape, making it a vital part of the country's infrastructure.


The town's economy is predominantly driven by the airport and related services, including hospitality, logistics, and transport industries. Numerous hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants have sprung up to cater to the needs of transit passengers, airline crew, and tourists. This has led to the development of various support services, such as travel agencies, car rental services, and retail shops, contributing to the local economy. Moreover, the nearby Export Processing Zone (EPZ) provides employment opportunities and fosters industrial growth, further bolstering the economic stability of Katunayake.

Katunayake's geographical location also adds to its appeal. It is situated close to the coastal city of Negombo, known for its beautiful beaches, seafood, and vibrant nightlife. This proximity allows residents and visitors to enjoy recreational activities such as beach outings, water sports, and exploring the local seafood markets. Additionally, the Muthurajawela Marsh, a unique wetland ecosystem near Katunayake, offers opportunities for eco-tourism and bird watching, attracting nature enthusiasts to the region.

Katunayake is a dynamic town that plays a pivotal role in Sri Lanka's transportation and economic sectors. Its strategic location, economic activities centered around the airport, and proximity to natural and historical attractions make it a significant hub for both residents and visitors. With ongoing developments and a focus on sustainability, Katunayake continues to evolve, offering a blend of modern conveniences and traditional charm.
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City Insights

tick iconLocated on the coast, with close proximity to the Negombo Lagoon.
tick iconHome to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), the main international gateway to Sri Lanka.
tick iconWell-connected by road through the A3 highway and Katunayake Expressway
tick iconDriven by transportation, with the airport being a major employer, and bolstered by nearby industrial zones and tourism
tick iconVarious social amenities are available, including schools, hospitals, and recreational facilities.
tick iconPlayed a role in World War II as a Royal Air Force base.

Known Landmarks

  • Colombo-Katunayake Expressway

  • Katunayake Export Processing Zone

  • Katunayake Expressway Aerial View

  • River View Katunayake

  • Bandaranaike International Airport

Connectivity

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Bus Routes

07Colombo - Katunayake - Kalpitiya
240Colombo - Katunayake - Negombo
187 E-03Colombo - Katunayake AirPort Bus Station
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmKatunayake Railway Station
3kmKatunayake South Railway Station
5.1kmLiyanagemulla Railway Station
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New Developments

tick iconIntroduction of novel housing project such as Millennium City - River View Katunayake.
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What’s great here?

tick iconProximity to Bandaranaike International Airport provides unparalleled global connectivity.
tick iconWell-connected and maintained roads and highways ensure smooth travel.
tick iconAvailability of modern amenities including hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers.
tick iconProximity to Negombo beach, offering water sports and leisure activities.
tick iconIncreased security presence due to the airport and tourist areas.
tick iconClose proximity to Negombo Lagoon, a Ramsar wetland of international importance.
tick iconProximity to natural attractions such as the Muthurajawela Marsh and coastal areas.
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What needs attention?

tick iconLimited public transportation options during off-peak hours and late at night.
tick iconLimited options for high-end shopping and luxury brands.
tick iconPetty theft and scams targeting tourists can be a concern.
tick iconNoise pollution from aircraft and traffic can be disruptive, especially for residents living near the airport.

Neighbourhood Rating

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