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Kurunegala

Now a thriving regional centre and the National Capital for a brief period centuries ago. Kurunegala also lies within the best coconut growing area or the so called Coconut Triangle.

It is famous for the range of mountains (rocks)  Ethugala or the Elephant Rock, Ibbagala or Tortoise rock jumbled with ruins of carved stairs and doorjambs , Andagala or Eel rock , Kuruminigala or Beatle rock , Wanduragala or Monkey rock and Elluwagala or Goat rock.It was only for half a century that Kurunegala remained the royal capital , starting with the reign of Buvanekabahu II (1293-1302) followed by Parakramabahu IV (1302-1326). Today, it is an important cross-roads town, astride the route from Kandy to Puttalam and Colombo to Anuradapura. Overlooked by huge rocky outcrops, it enjoys a pleasant location .Some of these rocks have been given names of the animals they resemble:- elephant rock, tortoise rock etc. Situated at the foot of the 325km black rock Etagala there are excellent views across the lake from the top. It is also within easy reach of a few sites which are not frequented by tourists. Except a few stone steps and a part of the doorway there is little left of the Tooth relic temple here.

DIOCESE

 Kurunegala

Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. George Linton Perera

Area

 4763 sq. km

No. of Catholics

 49,710

No. of Parishes

 28

No. of Churches

 104

No. of Diocesan Priests

 47

No. of Religious Priests

 03

No. of Rev. Sisters

 56

No. of Convents

 18

No.of Junior Seminarians

 18

No. of Shrines

 02

No. of Elder's Homes

 02

No. of Children's Homes

 04

Name of 1st Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Raymond Peiris

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera

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