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Kolonna

Kolonna, nestled within the Ratnapura District of Sabaragamuwa Province, is a beacon of Sri Lanka’s lush biodiversity, rich cultural heritage, and thriving gem and tea industries. This article delves deep into the heart of Kolonna, offering insights into its natural wonders, historical evolution, and the myriad ways to explore this captivating town.

Kolonna’s population of 45,954 is more than just a geographical location; it’s a living museum of Sri Lanka’s environmental and cultural heritage. Located near the majestic Sinharaja Forest, the town is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Its history is intertwined with the story of gem mining and tea cultivation, industries that have shaped its identity and economy.

Total Population

45,954

GN Divisions

29

Kolonna

Reaching Kolonna is an adventure in itself, offering two primary routes that cater to different tastes and preferences:

A faster but longer route, taking approximately 3 hours and 43 minutes over 247.0 km. This option is perfect for those who prefer a smooth expressway journey, offering scenic views and modern conveniences.

For the road less travelled, this 5-hour and 10-minute journey spans 211.7 km, winding through historical highways rich with cultural landmarks and natural beauty. This path is suited for the adventurous traveller eager to immerse in the local landscape.

The transformation from the Kolonna electoral district to the Ratnapura multi-member electoral district in 1989 marks a significant milestone in its political landscape, reflecting the broader changes within Sri Lankan electoral politics.

Gem mining in Kolonna is not just an industry; it’s a legacy. With a wide variety of gems extracted from the earth, visitors can explore gem mines and learn about the intricate processes involved in bringing these treasures to the surface.

The tea plantations of Kolonna paint the hills in hues of green, offering a glimpse into the colonial past and the enduring legacy of tea in Sri Lanka. Tours of these plantations reveal the art of tea making, from leaf to cup.

Bordering Kolonna, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its dense biodiversity. It’s a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and those looking to connect with the primal beauty of Sri Lanka’s rainforests.

GN CodeName 
005Buluthota
010Ranhotikanda
015Yakmaditta
020Helaudakanda
025Heneggegoda
030Kumburugamuwa
035Dambemada
040Welewathugoda
045Ereporuwa
050Wijeriya
055Poddana
060Ittakanda
065Buthkanda
070Kolonna
075Maduwanwela Peranigama
080Nandanagama
085Ambagahayaya
090Kella
095Boraluwageaina
100Ullinduwawa
105Pupulaketiya
110Habbeliara
115Walakada
120Koppakanda
125Dapane
130Dorapane
135Morawadiya
140Omalpe
145Kempane
  • Police Station:   045-2260222
  • Hospital: +94 452 260 261
KOLONNA WEATHER

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