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Kuliyapitiya is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 7°28′14″N 80°2′44″E / 7.47056°N 80.04556°E / 7.47056; 80.04556Coordinates: 7°28′14″N 80°2′44″E / 7.47056°N 80.04556°E / 7.47056; 80.04556
Country Sri Lanka
Province North Western Province
District Kurunegala District
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 6,850
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)

Kuliyapitiya is a big town in Kurunegala District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is 82 km from Colombo. Kuliyapitiya is home to the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Coconut and paddy cultivation are the main economic activities in this area. The town centre includes commerce and retail enterprises.


The Kuliyapitiya bus station provides transport to and from other locations in Sri Lanka: Colombo, Jaffna, Gampola, Anuradhapura, Nuwaragala,Katharagama,Kalpitiya, Panduwasnuwara to Colombo via Kuliyapitiya, Kuliyapitiya to Puttlam via Nikaweratiya. Another bus services goes to Kurunegala, Negombo, Pannnala, Chilaw, Hettipola, Madampe, Bingiriya, Katupotha, Makandura, etc.


The climate in Kuliyapitiya is fairly temperate and tropical throughout the year. However, during April the temperature can rise to about 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). The only major change in the Kuliyapitiya weather occurs during the monsoons from May to August and October to January when heavy rains can be expected. In general, temperatures during late November to mid February period are lower than the rest of the year.


Education is delivered free of charge to all students of national schools, according to the government policy. These schools operate under the Provincial Council. There are also privately owned schools. The university of Wayamba is in Kuliyapitiya.

Wayamba University is the thirteenth national university in Sri Lanka. It was established in January 1999. Its main purpose is to offer a totally English medium degree, diploma and certificate courses (internal and external) in areas such as agriculture, engineering and management for students and professionals. The courses offered are highly up-to-date and job-oriented.

Schools in the area[edit]


The main heritage sites around Kuliyapitiya are ancient Kebelawa (Buddhist) temple and dewala, Panduwanuwara temple and ancient city, Angomuwa ancient Buddhist temple. The Kebelawa temple is in one end of the Kuliyapitiya town, Paduwasnuwara ancient city is by Chilaw-Kuliyapitiya road close to Hettipola town. Dandagomuwa Ancient Temle is near Kuliyapitiya Town.


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