Wellawaya

Wellawaya (Sinhala: වැල්ලවාය, romanized: Vællavāya; Tamil: வெல்லவாய, romanized: Vellavāyā) is a town located in Monaragala District, Uva Province of Sri Lanka.

Wellawaya

වැල්ලවාය
வெல்லவாயா
Town
Wellawaya is located in Sri Lanka
Wellawaya
Wellawaya
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°44′0″N 81°6′0″E / 6.73333°N 81.10000°E / 6.73333; 81.10000
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceUva Province
DistrictMonaragala District
Population
 (2012[1])
 • Total54,099
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time)

HistoryEdit

On 25 August 1630 a major battle took place near Wellawaya between Portuguese forces and the Sinhalese under the command of King Rajasinghe II, which resulted in a complete rout of the Portuguese army.[2]

Wellawaya is where the first armed attack occurred, on 5 April 1971, by the communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) against the Government of Ceylon, under Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka, 2012" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics. 2012. p. 3. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  2. ^ Hewavissenti, Panchamee (3 February 2008). "Episodes of colonised history". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  3. ^ Hettiarachchi, Kumudini; Sadanandan, Renuka (8 April 2001). "Crushing the revolt". The Sunday Times. Colombo. Retrieved 6 October 2020.