Polgahawela, Kurunegala

Polgahawela is a notable town located in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. It lies approximately 80 kilometres northeast of Colombo and 20 kilometres from Kurunegala, making it a strategic location for commuters. The town is most recognized for its significant railway junction, where the Main Line and Northern Line converge, facilitating extensive connectivity across the country.

Polgahawela offers a blend of rural charm and modern conveniences. The town's serene environment, marked by lush greenery and well-maintained landscapes, provides a peaceful living atmosphere for its residents. The community is tight-knit, with a strong sense of local culture and tradition, often reflected in community events and festivals.

Polgahawela's economy is supported by a mix of agriculture and transportation. The surrounding areas are rich in fertile land, making agriculture, particularly paddy and coconut cultivation, a significant part of the local economy. Additionally, the presence of the railway junction has spurred the development of various supporting businesses and services, contributing to the town's economic stability.
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City Insights

tick iconCentrally located in the North Western Province, offering easy access to major cities like Colombo, Kandy, and Kurunegala.
tick iconStrategically located at the intersection of the A6 (Ambepussa-Trincomalee Road) and A10 (Colombo-Kurunegala Road) highways.
tick iconAgriculture plays a significant role, with surrounding areas engaged in rice cultivation and other crops.
tick iconThe town has a vibrant atmosphere due to the constant flow of travellers and traders.
tick iconStrong community ties supported by educational institutions, religious centres, and local businesses​
tick iconThe town's growth accelerated with the development of the railway network in the late 19th century.

Known Landmarks

  • Bernedette's Collage - Polgahawela

  • Bus stand - Polgahawela

  • Clock Tower - Polgahawela

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Polgahawela

  • Polgahawela Pradeshiya Sabhawa

  • Polgahawela Railway Station

  • Flyover - Polgahawela

  • Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery


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Bus Routes

507Kegalle - Polgahawela - Kurunegala
48/3Fort - Polgahawela - Kaduruwela
48Fort - Polgahawela - Kalmunai
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmPolgahawela Railway Station
10kmWadakada Railway Station

New Developments

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

What’s great here?

tick iconExcellent connectivity due to its central location and major transportation routes.
tick iconEasy access to Colombo, Kandy, and other major cities by road and rail.
tick iconAffordable housing options compared to larger cities.
tick iconAccess to essential public amenities and facilities such as supermarkets, restaurants, banks, and post offices.
tick iconAccording to data reports from the Sri Lanka Police, it is one of the main cities where no crimes have been reported in the past few years.
tick iconSurrounded by agricultural lands and greenery, offering a refreshing escape from urban areas.

What needs attention?

tick iconEnhancing the maintenance of local roads would improve safety and efficiency for both local commuters and those passing through the town.
tick iconHealthcare facilities may be limited, with residents often travelling to nearby towns for specialised care.
tick iconStrengthening local emergency services, including police, fire, and medical response capabilities, would better serve the community.
tick iconNoise pollution from trains and traffic can be a concern for residents living near the railway station and main roads.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities3.5 out of 5
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Safety & Security4.5 out of 5
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Environment4 out of 5

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