Nawala, Colombo

Nawala, once a quiet village on the outskirts of Colombo, has transformed into a bustling suburban enclave that seamlessly marries residential serenity with urban conveniences. Straddling the space between Colombo's commercial might and Kotte's administrative clout, Nawala offers a lifestyle coveted by many. Its evolution from sparsely populated lands to a dynamic neighbourhood reflects Sri Lanka's broader economic and social strides over the past few decades.

Amidst Nawala's urban development, the Nawala Urban Wetland Park stands as a verdant oasis, providing residents and visitors with a peaceful retreat. This park not only enhances the area's natural beauty but also serves as a vital green lung, promoting biodiversity and environmental sustainability within the bustling suburb.

Nawala's past, marked by its sparse population until the 1920s and framed by natural boundaries, holds a distinctive feature: an ammunition dump, with its bunkers still observable at the Nawala Cemetery. This historical aspect, alongside its transformation post-1977 economic liberalisation into a bustling residential and commercial hub, adds a unique layer to Nawala's rich history and development within Colombo.

Today, Nawala is celebrated as the ceramic capital of Sri Lanka, a testament to its commercial vibrancy and retail diversity. The streets are lined with an array of ceramic stores, alongside supermarkets, restaurants, banks, and more, catering to every need and whim of its residents. The culinary scene is particularly notable, with establishments like the Steamboat restaurant and the Sovereign German Restaurant providing diverse gastronomic experiences. This blend of amenities makes Nawala not just a place to live, but a place to thrive.

However, Nawala's charm extends beyond its commercial offerings. It's the balance of life here that truly stands out. Residents enjoy the proximity to the city's heartbeat without sacrificing the tranquillity typically reserved for more remote locations. This unique positioning makes Nawala a highly sought-after locale for both living and investment purposes.
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City Insights

tick iconIdeal for those seeking proximity to the city while enjoying suburban tranquillity.
tick iconExcellent location offering easy access to Colombo and Kotte.
tick iconBooming commercial activity, especially in ceramics and dining.
tick iconRich in culinary diversity and retail variety, reflecting global and local trends.
tick iconEvolving cosmopolitan culture with a mix of traditional and modern lifestyle amenities.
tick iconNawala's historical landscape includes remnants of an old ammunition dump, with its bunkers still visible in the local cemetery.

Known Landmarks

  • Nawala Urban Wetland Park

  • Softlogic GLOMARK - Nawala

  • The Open University of Sri Lanka

  • Rocell Bathware Showroom


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Bus Routes

169 Nawala - Fort
176 Kotahena - Nawala - Dehiwala
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Nearest Train Stations

2kmKirulapone Railway Station
2.5kmNarahenpita Railway Station
3.3kmNugegoda Railway Station
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New Developments

tick iconNew apartment complex projects such as 77 on Fourth Residencies and The Heights are some of the latest additions to the area’s burgeoning real estate scene.

What’s great here?

tick iconClose proximity to Colombo and its suburbs makes for relatively shorter commutes.
tick iconWell connected via road, facilitating hassle-free accessibility to Colombo and its suburbs.
tick iconA comprehensive coverage of public services and amenities including supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, ATMs, fitness centres, pharmacies, schools, etc.
tick iconPresence of several reputed private hospitals such as Ninewells Hospital, Asiri Surgical and Lanka Hospitals within a 2km radius.
tick iconAn eclectic range of F&B outlets catering to diverse tastes and budgets.
tick iconMost neighbourhoods in Nawala are considered to be safe and secure residential areas for individuals and families alike.
tick iconOffers a homely atmosphere amidst the conveniences of city living.
tick iconThe Nawala Urban Wetland Park stands as a verdant oasis, providing residents and visitors with a peaceful retreat.

What needs attention?

tick iconLimited bus routes passing through the area and the lack of a railway station in the immediate vicinity makes daily commuting a challenge for those relying on public transport.
tick iconA subtle rise in community safety concerns in recent times, likely influenced by the prevailing economic conditions.
tick iconAs new developments emerge, green areas are becoming scarcer and pollution levels are on the rise.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities5 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4.5 out of 5

Property Price Trends in Nawala for

Average Price (Last 12 months)
Rs. 37,005.9 sqft
Past 12 months' growth
Positive Trend
Past 3 months' growth
Negative Trend
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