Wattala, Colombo

Wattala, a bustling suburb located in the western province of Sri Lanka, stands as a beacon of growth and diversity, bridging the gap between the urban rush of Colombo and the serene landscapes of the country's western coastline. This locale, with its strategic position just north of Colombo, has witnessed a significant transformation, morphing from a quiet residential area into a vibrant commercial hub. Home to a dynamic population, Wattala's charm lies in its ability to offer a suburban lifestyle while providing all the amenities and conveniences of city living.

The real estate in Wattala has been on an upward trajectory, fueled by its accessibility to Colombo via the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and the Negombo Road, making it a sought-after location for residential and commercial investment. The area boasts a variety of housing options, from traditional homes to modern apartment complexes, catering to a broad spectrum of preferences and budgets. Additionally, Wattala's commercial landscape is thriving, with numerous shopping centres, supermarkets, and standalone stores dotting its avenues, reflecting the suburb's growing economic vitality.

Moreover, Wattala's cultural tapestry is rich and diverse, with a harmonious blend of ethnicities and religions coexisting, contributing to a vibrant community life. Festivals and celebrations are common, bringing colour and energy to the streets, symbolising the unity and diversity of its residents. This suburb's evolution from a modest community to a lively urban centre is a testament to its resilience, adaptability, and the promising prospects it holds for the future.
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City Insights

tick iconPositioned on the A3 highway, Wattala enjoys robust connectivity to major cities, facilitating easy travel and transport.
tick iconLocated just 9 km away from the Colombo city center, Wattala offers easy access to the commercial opportunities and amenities of the capital.
tick iconThe local economy is significantly influenced by remittances from migrant workers. Many families have at least one member working abroad, contributing to the area’s economic development.
tick iconWattala hosts a vibrant mix of ethnic and religious groups, including a majority of Roman Catholics alongside significant populations of Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims.
tick iconWattala is rich in cultural landmarks with numerous churches, Buddhist temples, Hindu kovils, and mosques, reflecting its multicultural identity.

Known Landmarks

  • Pegasus Reef Hotel

  • Zahira Maha Vidyalaya-Wattala

  • Sri Saddharmadana Daham Pasala-Wattala

  • St. Sebastian's Church, Enderamullla

  • Hemas Hospital Wattala

  • Palliyawatta Beach


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Bus Routes

104Ja-Ela - Wattala - Bambalapitiya
107Elkanda - Wattala - Fort
261Mahara - Wattala - Pettah
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Nearest Train Stations

1.3kmHunupitiya Railway Station
3kmWanawasala Railway Station
2.4kmEnderamulla Railway Station
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New Developments

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

What’s great here?

tick iconExcellent connectivity due to its location on the A3 highway, facilitating easy access to both Colombo and Negombo.
tick iconPublic transportation options are readily available, making commuting straightforward for its residents.
tick iconThe suburb is well-equipped with various amenities including schools, private dispensaries, markets and nearly all other public amenities and facilities that cater to the day-to-day needs of residents.
tick iconThe community in Wattala is notably diverse, with a harmonious coexistence of different religious and ethnic groups.
tick iconThe area is noted for its peaceful coexistence among diverse faith and ethnic groups.
tick iconThere has been a historical absence of communal violence, which underscores the area's stable social environment​.
tick iconWhile primarily urban, Wattala is close to the coastline, offering residents and visitors the dual benefits of suburban convenience and coastal scenery.

What needs attention?

tick iconSome local roads within Wattala are in need of upgrading and maintenance to handle the increasing traffic and prevent congestion, especially during peak hours.
tick iconWhile public transport options are available, increasing the frequency and reliability of bus services would improve daily commutes for residents.
tick iconA need for more comprehensive healthcare facilities, including hospitals that offer a wider range of services to meet the healthcare needs of the area’s diverse population.
tick iconA notable reduction in green spaces with the influx of more and more large-scale housing projects.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4 out of 5
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Safety & Security5 out of 5
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Environment4 out of 5

Property Price Trends in Wattala for

Average Price (Last 12 months)
Rs. 26,796.38 sqft
Past 12 months' growth
Positive Trend
Past 3 months' growth
Positive Trend
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