Moratuwa

Address: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Latitude: 6.7963960

Longitude: 79.8778230

Time Zone: Indian Standard Time

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Moratuwa is a city on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka,
Sri Lankas Furniture City
near Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia. It is situated on the Galle–Colombo main highway, 18 km south of the capital, Colombo. Moratuwa is surrounded on three sides by water, except in the north of the city, by the Indian Ocean on the west and the Bolgoda lake on the east. According to the 2001 census, the city had a population of 177,190
Moratuwa is derived from "Mura Atuwa" meaning "Sentry Turret" in Sinhalese. Queen Leelawathie (1208-1210 AD) appointed a military commander Lak Vijaya Singukith Senevi, and placed him in charge of 100,000 soldiers at Moratuwa. He was called 'Lakshadipaty' (meaning "governor of one lakh") and the area he was based is known as 'Lakshapathiya' to this day.
Moratuwa is also the proud birthplace of Veera Puran Appu who rose against oppression by the British in Kandy.

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