Mawathagama, Kurunegala

Mawathagama is a picturesque town located in the Kurunegala District of Sri Lanka's North Western Province. This town lies approximately 30 kilometres from Kurunegala and about 100 kilometres from Colombo, making it easily accessible while maintaining a tranquil, rural atmosphere. Mawathagama is renowned for its lush landscapes and mountainous terrain, being one of the most mountainous divisions in the North Western Province. The town is bordered by the Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, adding to its unique geographical significance​​.

From a local perspective, Mawathagama offers a peaceful and supportive community environment. The town's economy is predominantly driven by agriculture, with significant contributions from paddy, coconut, and rubber plantations. The fertile land and favourable climate support these activities, ensuring a stable livelihood for many residents. Additionally, Mawathagama hosts one of the few export processing zones in the region, which is managed by the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, providing numerous employment opportunities​.

Residents enjoy access to essential amenities such as local markets, schools, and healthcare facilities, ensuring that daily needs are met conveniently. The town's rich cultural heritage is reflected in its historical landmarks, such as the Makulana Rajamaha Viharaya, an ancient temple with a history dating back to 589 BC. This blend of history, culture, and modern amenities makes Mawathagama an attractive place for families and individuals seeking a balanced lifestyle
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City Insights

tick iconCentrally positioned in the Kurunegala District, providing easy access to Colombo and Kurunegala.
tick iconExcellent road connectivity with major bus routes and proximity to Kurunegala Railway Station.
tick iconPredominantly driven by agriculture, particularly paddy, coconut, and rubber cultivation, and supported by an export processing zone.
tick iconA blend of traditional Sinhalese culture and modern influences, reflected in local festivals and community activities.
tick iconThe community is predominantly Sinhalese, with a close-knit social fabric.
tick iconRich in cultural and historical heritage, with significant landmarks such as Makulana Rajamaha Viharaya.

Known Landmarks

  • Samabodhi Temple Mawathagama

  • Bus Stand Mawathagama

  • Lanka Sathosa Mawathagama

  • Mawathagama Junction

  • Sampath Bank Mawathagama


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Bus Routes

81Puttalam - Mawathagama - Kandy
2/48-3Colombo - Mawathagama - Kaduruwela
602Kandy - Mawathagama - Kurunegala
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Nearest Train Stations

10kmKurunegala Railway Station

New Developments

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

What’s great here?

tick iconWell-served by major bus routes connecting to Colombo and Kurunegala and Kandy.
tick iconPeaceful and laid-back atmosphere, ideal for a relaxed lifestyle.
tick iconA comprehensive range of public services and amenities, including supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, ATMs, fitness centres, pharmacies, and schools.
tick iconMost neighbourhoods in Mawathagama are regarded as safe and secure residential areas for both individuals and families.
tick iconOffers a homely atmosphere with a balanced blend of urban and rural living, providing both convenience and tranquillity

What needs attention?

tick iconThe lack of a railway station in the immediate vicinity and the fact that public bus service does not operate after 7 pm make daily commuting a challenge for those relying on public transport.
tick iconIncreased variety in shopping and leisure options could attract more residents and tourists.
tick iconImprovement in emergency services and response times would provide added security.
tick iconDuring the heavy rainy season, small overflows of water occur in some low-lying areas due to improper drainage.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute3.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4 out of 5

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