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The Bandaranaike family [1] is a Sri Lankan family that is prominent in politics. Along with many members who have been successful politician across generations, the family includes three Prime Ministers and one President of Sri Lanka.

The Bandaranaike family
Current regionColombo
Place of originAtthanagalla
MembersSolomon Dias Bandaranaike
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Chandrika Bandaranaike
Anura Bandaranaike
Connected membersVijaya Kumaranatunga
Jeewan Kumaranatunga
Ranjan Ramanayake
TraditionsTheravada Buddhism
Estate(s)Horagolla Walauwa
Horagolla Walauwa, Atthanagalla. family seat of the Bandaranaike family



The origins of the family in Sri Lanka is claimed to be from person known as Nilaperumal who was from India and served he was high priest of the Temple of God Saman in the Kandyan Kingdom.[2] The family changed their name to the Sinhalese form of Bandaranaike and later moved to the Portuguese controlled territory adopting the name Dias. They came to serve the Portuguese, Dutch and British as translators and local scribes expanding their influence and power. A member of the family, Don William Dias who served as a translator for the British was present when deposed Kandyan King Sri Vikrama Rajasingha was captured while in hiding by Ekneligoda Disawa.[3]

Family TreeEdit

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon

Other members of the family include;

(also related to Ratwatte family, William Gopallawa, A.R. Udugama, Hector Kobbekaduwa, Jeewan Kumaranatunga)

Horagolla Bandaranaike SamadhiEdit

Horagolla Bandaranaike Samadhi

The Horagolla Bandaranaike Samadhi is the final resting place of Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike and his wife Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike. It is located in the grounds of the Bandaranaike property of Horagolla in Atthanagalla, Western Province, Sri Lanka.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bandaranaike family". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ SWRD was born today
  3. ^ The doomed King
  4. ^ SWRD Bandaranaike and the paradox of Sri Lankan federalism