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Gampaha is an urban city in Sri Lanka and is the capital of the Gampaha District in Western Province, north of Colombo. Gampaha District is separated from Colombo mainly by the Kelani River. Gampaha town is about 4km from Miriswatta on Colombo-Kandy road. Gampaha is surrounded by Yakkala, Miriswatta, Weliweriya Udugampola and Ja-Ela towns.


The name "Gampaha" in Sinhala literally means “Five Villages”. The five villages are known to be Ihalagama, Pahalagama, Medagama, Pattiyagama and Aluthgama. However, at present village Pattiyagama cannot be identified within the city limits of Gampaha and remains disputed. Elders believe Pattiyagama is the area surrounding “Ananda Mawatha” today. Another theory suggests the last village name is not Pattiyagama, but Oruthota. Oruthota road connects the heart of Gampaha to Colombo-Kandy road near Belummahara junction, and was recently widened and developed under Gampaha city development plan. Gampaha was also known to be called Henarathgoda in the past.
























  Land area    1,341 km² (518 sq mi)
  Inland water area   46 km² (18 sq mi)
  Total area   1,387 km² (536 sq mi)


 


 


 


Historical turning points of the town


As stated by archived documents, before the year 1815, Gampaha was a dense forest. The 5th governor of Ceylon, Sir Edward Barnes made a visit to Gampaha in 1825, in his visit to observe the construction work of Colombo-Kandy road. #1# The British colonists built Henarathgoda railway station in 1864 which act as a key factor for the progress and recognition of the town. In year 1867, the first rubber tree of Sri Lanka was planted in Henarathgoda botanical garden, nearby Gampaha.


The structured Gampaha town plan was first introduced in 1920 by the Government Agent J.P Pressers. The plan incorporated 52 roads including the main street, a water tank, a public market, a hospital and an electrical generator. Most of these are still present in their original sites with various improvements over time. Lady Ridgeway Mary made decorative touches to the town with plants and trees making the town a scenic place. As an honor for her name, the road running from downtown to the hospital junction was later named “Queen Mary’s” road. The work of reputable Ayurvedic physician Pandit G.P.Wickramarchchi and the well known Bandaranayake political family were other important reasons for the wide popularity of the town all over Sri Lanka.

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