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බෞද්ධ පුනර්ජීවන නගරය
(Revival town of Buddhism)
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Coordinates: 06°42′48″N79°54′15″E / 6.71333°N 79.90417°E / 6.71333; 79.90417 Coordinates: 06°42′48″N79°54′15″E / 6.71333°N 79.90417°E / 6.71333; 79.90417
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Kalutara District
  Type Urban Council
   Mayor Nandana Gunathilake
 (2019 Estimated)
  Density4,130/km2 (10,700/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal code
Area code(s) 038

Panadura (Sinhala : පානදුර, romanized: Pānadura; Tamil : பாணந்துறை, romanized: Pāṇantuṟai) is a city in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. It is located approximately 27 km (17 mi) south of Colombo and is surrounded on all sides by water; the Indian Ocean, the Bolgoda Lake and river. Panadura is famed as the location of important events in the Buddhist revival movement of Sri Lanka.


Panadura Debate

The Panadura Debate, held in 1873, was the climax of the first phase of the Buddhist revivalist movement which began with the establishment of the Society for the Propagation of Buddhism at Kotahena and the establishment of the Lankopakara Press in Galle. The two key persons in the Panadura Debate were Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera and Father David de Silva and the two key institutions were the Rankoth Viharaya and the Methodist Church of Panadura. [1] [2] It was the success of the Panadura Debate that prompted Colonel Henry Steel Olcott to come to Ceylon.



Pandura is located at the junction of the A2 (Galle Road) and the A8 (Panadura-Ratnapura Road).


Panadura railway station is located to the east of the town, and is located on the Coastal line.


Due to Panadura being situated along Galle Road, it is serviced by many bus routes terminating at Panadura as well as ones heading further south.

Health care facilities

"Kethumathi" (Sinhala: කේතුමතී කාන්තා රෝහල ) is the fourth largest Hospital in Sri Lanka, dedicated for Obstetrics and Gynecology. It is situated at the centre of Panadura, 10 m (33 ft) from the A2 road. This hospital is a comprehensive with Neonatal ICU and bed capacity of 300 beds. A grade-1 Base Hospital situated near the Panadura Police station facing A2 road. Apart from this there are wide range of health care facilities run by the Government.

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