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Kiriella

Kiriella, once recognized as an electoral district within Sri Lanka, has a rich history that reflects the broader political and administrative evolutions of the country. Located in the Ratnapura District of the Sabaragamuwa Province, this area’s significance extends beyond its past political role, tied closely to the town of Kiriella, which lent the district its name. The changes in the electoral system in 1978, transitioning to proportional representation and redefining electoral districts, marked a significant shift in how representatives to the Parliament were elected, impacting areas like Kiriella.

Total Population

32,613

GN Divisions

17

Kiriella

The introduction of the proportional representation electoral system in 1978 was a pivotal moment in Sri Lanka’s democratic process. The shift from mainly single-member electoral districts to 22 multi-member electoral districts was designed to offer a more equitable representation of the population’s diverse political preferences. Kiriella, like many other districts, was absorbed into a larger electoral district under this new system, becoming part of the Ratnapura multi-member electoral district. This change, implemented at the 1989 general elections, was a move towards a more inclusive and representative electoral mechanism.

While the electoral significance of Kiriella has evolved, the town itself, nestled within the lush landscapes of the Sabaragamuwa Province, continues to thrive. The region around Kiriella, including areas like Kolonna with a population of 32,613, remains vital to the cultural and economic fabric of Ratnapura District. The area’s rich natural resources, including gem mining and agriculture, contribute significantly to its economy and way of life.

Kiriella’s accessibility from major urban centers like Colombo, approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes away via the E02 expressway and the Panadura-Nambapana-Ratnapura Highway (PNR Highway)/Ratnapura – Horana – Panadura Highway (A8), underscores its connectivity and potential as a hub for both economic activities and tourism. This ease of access has implications for the area’s development, offering opportunities for growth and increased integration with the broader economic landscape of Sri Lanka.

GN CodeName in English
005Ellawala
010Deheragoda
015Kanuggalla
020Ellawala Pahalagama
025Mudunkotuwa
030Akurana
035Kiriella
040Handukanda
045Epitawala
050Munasinghepura
055Yatipawwa
060Ellagawa
065Idangoda
070Matuwagala
075Dodampe West
080Dodampe
085Holeepitiya
  • Police Station: 045-2265822
  • Hospital: +94 45 2265861
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