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Mirigama (also spelled Meerigama) (Sinhala: මීරිගම; Tamil: மீரிகம) is a town in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. It is located 57 km (35 mi) from Colombo, 46 km (29 mi) from Kurunegala and 34 km (21 mi) from Negombo.
|Coordinates: 7°14′29″N 80°7′57″E / 7.24139°N 80.13250°E|
|Province||Western Province, Sri Lanka|
|district||Gampaha District, sri lanka|
Mirigama is the hometown of Sri Lanka's first Prime Minister, D. S. Senanayake and former speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya.
Mirigama is a derivation of mihiri-gama which means sweet place. According to local mythology King Walagamba had heard his win against a local ruler when he was in the area, so he named the village, Mirigama, as that's where he heard the (apparently sweet) good news.
Mirigama is an economic hub in the region and is a popular shopping centre. It also has a large number of businesses and public institutions, which results in a large population and a large number of people commuting to and from the city on a daily basis.
The majority of people in the town are Sinhalese , with a Muslim, Tamil and Malay minorities. Buddhism is the main religion with small minorities of Roman Catholics and Muslims.
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The town situated in a undulating plain with surrounding hills.
The town is located on the AB29, which connects the A1 Colombo - Kandy road with the B322 Ja-Ela - Kurunegala road. The B324 (Mirigama - Negombo road) is one of the main roads that originate from the town. Mirigama - Kotadeniyawa road and Mirigama - Nalla road are another roads linked to Mirigama. Mirigama is connected to Warakapola in Kegalle district. Mirigama - Danowita and Mirigama - Weweldeniya roads are connected road of Colombo to Kandy. The city center is 32 km (20 mi) (approximately one hour) from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Mirigama Railway Station is a major railway station on the Main Line and has frequent rail connections to Colombo, Badulla, Hatton, Kandy, Maho, Polgahawela and Rambukkana among others. A regular train trip from Mirigama to Colombo takes approximately 1 hour 20 mins. An express train ride from Mirigama to Colombo roughly takes about 1 hour. The proposed electric rail system is expected to cut this time down to 25 mins. bus services connect the town to several other towns. destinations are negombo, giriulla, divulapitiya and warakapola.
The Central Expressway (under construction as of June 2018) includes two interchanges serving Mirigama: Mirigama North and Mirigama South.
- SLAF Mirigama
- The Mirigama Super Race Track (commonly known as the Kanway Autodrome) - national-level race track, 1.4 km (0.87 mi) in length.
- Sri Lanka Army Base, Ambepussa
- D.S.Senanayake Central College Mirigama( national school) ,www.facebook.com/DsSenanayakaCollegeMirigama. ,https://www.facebook.com/groups/mirigamaDS/
- Bandaranayake Maha Vidyalaya
- Bothale Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Dudley Senanayake Adarsha Maha Vidyalaya
- Henepola Kanishta Vidyalaya
- Kaleliya Maha Vidyalaya
- Kandangamuwa Maha Vidyalaya ( national school)
- Keenadeniya Maha Vidyalaya
- Pallewela Maha Vidyalaya
- Sri Vimalawansha Kanishta Vidyalaya
- aligarh maha vidyalaya , kal eliya
- thilinagama kanishta vidyalaya
- kandangamuwa primary school
- Shashanawardana piriven viharasthanaya
- Sri ambarukkarama viharasthanaya (Buddhist temple)
- St. Patrick's church (Catholic church)
Mirigama has been identified as one of the major industrialised towns in Sri Lanka from as far as the 1980s. This is primarily due to its location in a slightly hilly countryside, the presence of a Board Of Investment and an Industrial Zone and its proximity to the Bandaranayake International Airport. The factories as of January 2019 are;
- Cargills - Magic Ice Cream Factory
- Damro - Innovex Machinery Factory
- Damro - Furniture Factory
- Damro - Daxer Polymer Factory
- Brandix - Textile Manufacturing Facility
- Courtaulds - Textile Manufacturing Facility
- SilverMill - International Exporter in Organic Products
- Tamasha - International Exporter in Organic Sauces
- Aussie Oats Milling - International Food Processing Company
- Lalan Rubbers - Rubber Processing Plant
- Ceylon Shell Flour - Flour Processing Plant
- Amtrad - International Concrete Exporter
- DR Exports - Furniture Manufacturer
- Etna Rubber Exports - Rubber Exporter
- D.S. Senanayake - 1st Prime Minister of Ceylon
- Karu Jayasuriya, MP - former Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
- Kokila Gunawardene MP
- Mahendra Wijerathne MP
- Udena Wijerathne MPC
- Dudley Senanayake- 2nd prime minister of Sri Lanka
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