Motto: Colombo

Location of Athurugiriya in Sri Lanka

Coordinates: 6°53′32″N 79°56′34″E / 6.89222°N 79.94278°E / 6.89222; 79.94278Coordinates: 6°53′32″N 79°56′34″E / 6.89222°N 79.94278°E / 6.89222; 79.94278
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Colombo District
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
  Suburb 84,278
  Urban 5,799
  Metro 78,479
Time zone SLT (UTC+5:30)
Postal Code 10150 [1]

Athurugiriya is a suburb of Colombo city in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. It is situated on the Kotte-Bope Road (B 240) about 15 km away from the centre of the commercial capital Colombo. This suburb is a highly sought after residential center in Colombo city.

King Walagamba also use this place as a hiding place before he chased away the South Indian invaders.


History of the area dates back to at least 212 BC. Historic cave temple complex Korathota Raja maha Vihara located 3 km north from the city centre.

Brahmi inscriptions on the cave temple mention a dedication from the daughter of King Walagamba and a local official. This temple has two important historical inscriptions, which says this temple was offer to Maha Sanga by a daughter of Mahachula Mahatissa. Second one says one cave offered to Maha Sanga by a provincial leader call Sumana.



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