Gandara, Sri Lanka

Gandara (Sinhala: ගන්දර, Tamil: கந்தறை) is a village in the Matara District on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, 168 kilometres (104 mi) from Colombo. It is an important village in Matara.[1] It was slightly affected by the Asian tsunami in December 2004.

Gandara

ගන්දර
கந்தறை
Village
Gandara is located in Sri Lanka
Gandara
Gandara
Coordinates: 5°57′N 80°33′E / 5.950°N 80.550°E / 5.950; 80.550Coordinates: 5°57′N 80°33′E / 5.950°N 80.550°E / 5.950; 80.550
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceSouthern
Government
 • MayorUpul Nishantha
Area
 • Total283 km2 (109 sq mi)
 • Land270 km2 (100 sq mi)
Elevation
2 m (7 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total12,254
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal code
81170
Area code(s)041

HistoryEdit

Historically, Gandara belongs to the area called Ruhuna, one of the three kingdoms in Sri Lanka (Thun Sinhalaya). The temple in the village was built by ancient kings and now is a popular sacred place among Buddhists in the area. The mosque in the village was built by villagers in the late 1840s.

Polling divisionEdit

EducationEdit

SchoolsEdit

  • Gandara Maha Vidyalaya
  • Gandara kanitu Viduhala
  • Al Azhar Muslim Kanista Vidyalaya, established in 1938.

Places of WorshipEdit

  • Purana Viharaya, Gandara
  • Wijerathnaramaya Temple, Gandara
  • Abayasekararamaya Temple, Gandara
  • Sri Jayabodhi Viharaya, Gandara
  • Muhiyaddeen Jumma Mosque

TransportEdit

Gandara is on the MataraKataragama main road, which is served by the A32 highway.

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