Panadura (Sinhala: පානදුර, romanized: Pānadura; Tamil: பாணந்துறை, romanized: Pāṇantuṟai) is a city in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. It is located approximately 27 km (17 mi) south of Colombo and is surrounded on all sides by water; the Indian Ocean, the Bolgoda Lake and river. Panadura is famed as the location of important events in the Buddhist revival movement of Sri Lanka.

Samadhi Buddha statue in Panadura, Sri Lanka..jpg
බෞද්ධ පුනර්ජීවන නගරය
(Revival town of Buddhism)
Panadura is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 06°42′48″N 79°54′15″E / 6.71333°N 79.90417°E / 6.71333; 79.90417Coordinates: 06°42′48″N 79°54′15″E / 6.71333°N 79.90417°E / 6.71333; 79.90417
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictKalutara District
 • TypeUrban Council
 • MayorNandana Gunathilake
 (2019 Estimated)
 • Total265,700+
 • Density4,130/km2 (10,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal code
Area code(s)038

Panadura DebateEdit

The Panadura Debate, held in 1873, was the climax of the first phase of the Buddhist revivalist movement which began with the establishment of the Society for the Propagation of Buddhism at Kotahena and the establishment of the Lankopakara Press in Galle. The two key persons in the Panadura Debate were Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera and Father David de Silva and the two key institutions were the Rankoth Viharaya and the Methodist Church of Panadura.[1][2] It was the success of the Panadura Debate that prompted Colonel Henry Steel Olcott to come to Ceylon.



Pandura is located at the junction of the A2 (Galle Road) and the A8 (Panadura-Ratnapura Road).


Panadura railway station is located to the east of the town, and is located on the Coastal line.


Due to Panadura being situated along Galle Road, it is serviced by many bus routes terminating at Panadura as well as ones heading further south.

Health care facilitiesEdit

"Kethumathi" (Sinhala: කේතුමතී කාන්තා රෝහල) is the fourth largest Hospital in Sri Lanka, dedicated for Obstetrics and Gynecology. It is situated at the centre of Panadura, 10 m (33 ft) from the A2 road. This hospital is a comprehensive with Neonatal ICU and bed capacity of 300 beds. A grade-1 Base Hospital situated near the Panadura Police station facing A2 road. Apart from this there are wide range of health care facilities run by the Government.

Public and private schoolsEdit

  • Sri Sumangala College
  • Sri Sumangala Balika Maha Vidyalaya
  • St.Johns College Panadura
  • Lyceum International School Panadura
  • Leeds International School Panadura
  • Walana Mahanama Maha Vidyalaya
  • Agamathi Balika Vidyalaya Panadura
  • Bauddhaloka Maha Vidyalaya Panadura
  • Good Shepherd Convent Pandura
  • Panadura Balika Vidyalaya Panadura
  • Panadura Royal College
  • Nalluruwa Siri Seevali Maha Vidyalaya
  • St Anthony’s Boys School
  • St Anthony’s Girls School
  • Pinwatta Maha Vidyalaya
  • Jeramies Dias Kanishta Vidyalaya
  • Kuruppumulla Sri Prakrama Vidyalaya
  • Dibbedda Gunawardena Kanishta Vidyalaya
  • Upadya Kanishta Vidyalaya
  • Bekkegama Kanishta Vidyalaya
  • Methodis’t Primary School
  • Malamulla Maha Vidyalaya
  • Thotawatta Al Fahriya central Muslim madya maha vidyalaya
  • Ikra international College
  • House Of Scholars
  • Ambalanduwa Ilma Muslim Vidyalaya

Notable individualsEdit


  1. ^ Ranatunga, D. C. (2003-08-24). "That controversial clash". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  2. ^ Wimalaratana Anunayake Thera, Prof. Bellanwila (2010-10-03). "Rankoth Vihara - The hallowed Buddhist Shrine of Panadura". The Sunday Observer. Retrieved 2016-09-19.

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