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Mawanella

Mawanella is a town which belongs to the Kegalle district in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It lies between Kegalle and Kadugannawa along the Colombo-Kandy road. The area consists of four administrative areas, namely Mawanella, Aranayake, Rambukkana and Hemmathagama.PeopleThere is a significant Moors or Muslims population in the town and mawanella areas. Most of the surrounding areas are mostly inhabited by sinhala and Muslim people. Farming is the way of living for majority of the people. The main source of food is from rice fields.ProductsThe crops include Rice, Tea, Rubber, Pepper, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vegetables and various types spices. Mawanella is also famous for its traditional handicrafts, especially the pottery,brass-ware and tobacco related industry. There are over 50 pottery shops in Annasigala area along the Colombo- Kandy road.IncidentsIn 2001 a riot took place in which a Sinhalese mob destroyed minority Muslim mosques and shops, and in which two people were killed and fifty-five injured.
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