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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.
බෞද්ධ පුනර්ජීවන නගරය
(Revival town of Buddhism)
|• Type||Urban Council|
|• Mayor||Nandana Gunathilake|
|• Density||4,130/km2 (10,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)|
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. It was the success of the Panadura Debate that prompted Colonel Henry Steel Olcott to come to Ceylon.
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
- Celestina Dias - Entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Prof.Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera - Sri Lankan academic, scholar and diplomat
- Dr.Premasiri Khemadasa - Music director, composer
- Arthur V. Dias - A planter by profession he is known as "Kos Mama"
- Dr.Nalin de Silva - Theoretical physicist, philosopher and a political analyst.
- Prof.Ravindra Fernando- Forensic Pathologist, Toxicologist Physician, author and academic.
- Leslie Goonewardene (MP)- One of the founders of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party
- Wilmot A. Perera - Statesman and Diplomat
- Prasanna Vithanage - Film Director
- Ravindra Pushpakumara - International Cricketer
- Charitha Buddhika - International Cricketer
- Chamara Silva - International Cricketer
- Don Anurasiri - International Cricketer
- Dilruwan Perera - International Cricketer
- Akila Dananjaya - International Cricketer
- Mohomed Dilshad -first class cricketer
- Ranatunga, D. C. (2003-08-24). "That controversial clash". sundaytimes.lk. The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
- Wimalaratana Anunayake Thera, Prof. Bellanwila (2010-10-03). "Rankoth Vihara - The hallowed Buddhist Shrine of Panadura". sundayobserver.lk. The Sunday Observer. Retrieved 2016-09-19.