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Gampaha is a major city in Gampaha District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is situated to the north-east of the capital Colombo. It is the sixth largest urban area in Western Province, after Colombo, Negombo, Kalutara, Panadura and Avissawella. Gampaha is also the second largest city in the Gampaha district, after Negombo city. According to the facts of central index prepared by urban development authority (UDA), Gampaha city develops around 95% although the population is less than in Negombo. Gampaha city has land area of 25.8 hectares and is home to the offices of 75 government institutions.NamesakeThe name "Gampaha" in Sinhala (ගම්පහ) literally means “Five Villages”. The five villages are known to be Ihalagama, Pahalagama, Medagama, Pattiyagama and Aluthgama. However, at present village Pattiyagama cannot be identified within the town limits of Gampaha and remains disputed. Gampaha was also known to be called Henarathgoda in the past.HistoryDuring reign of Portuguese, the main route to the hill country had been laid through the Gampaha area and in the period of Dutch, this area was served as a collecting center of cinnamon. But before year 1815, it is said that Gampaha was a dense forest. The 5th governor of Ceylon, Sir Edward Barnes made a visit to Gampaha in 1825, on the way to observe the construction work of the Negombo-Colombo road. When British built the “Moragoda” catholic church in 1828, Gampaha and surrounding areas became inhabitant slowly.
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