Aluthgama

Aluthgama (Sinhala: අලුත්ගම, romanized: Alutgama; Tamil: அளுத்கமை, romanized: Aḷutkamai) is a coastal town in Kalutara District in the Western Province of Sri Lanka.[1] It is approximately 63.5 kilometres (39.5 mi) south of Colombo and 68 kilometres (42 mi) north of Galle. Aluthgama is situated on the southern bank of the Bentota Ganga (River) mouth.

Aluthgama

අලුත්ගම
அளுத்கமை
Aluthgama
Coordinates: 6°26′00″N 80°00′00″E
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictKalutara District
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal Code

It contains a large Muslim population. The main income is from tourism and banking. It is the birthplace of the celebrated singer and composer Nanda Malini.

History

The history of Aluthgama dates back to the 13th century. A messenger poem, "Thisara Sandesha", written in 1366 mentions the beauty of Aluthgama.

Education

  • Aluthgama Maha Vidyalaya ( Mix School) up to A/L
  • Sangamiththa Balika (Ladies College) up to O/L only

Transport

Aluthgama is located on the Coastal or Southern Rail Line (connecting Colombo through to Matara). It is also located on the A2 highway, connecting Colombo to Wellawaya. Following the construction of the Southern Expressway (E01) between Colombo and Galle, Aluthgama has become an entrance point to the expressway from Galle Road (A2), via B157.

See also

References

  1. "Aluthgama Sri Lanka". go-lanka.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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