Travel Guide to Gampaha

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Gampaha Overview

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About Gampaha

Gampaha is a flourishing town that is considered as one of the major urban areas in the island. This bustling town was covered by a dense forest before 1815 and according to local history the visit of the fifth governor of Ceylon, Sir Edward Barnes to Gampaha in 1825 brought recognition and progress to the town.

The town is home to a few prestigious institutions such as the University of Kelaniya. It’s also famous for the first rubber tree that was planted in Sri Lanka in Henarathgoda botanical garden.


Getting into Gampaha

Gampaha is located close to Negombo and is about 28km away from Colombo. The drive to Gampaha takes about an hour and the journey is quite pleasant.

There are several buses leaving the Colombo Pettah Bus stand in Fort which is close to the Colombo Railway station. You can also take a train to Gampaha from the Colombo Fort railway station to Galle. Check for the times and the schedule.

If you are going to Galle directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.


Getting around Gampaha

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Gampaha

Galle is dappled with a variety of activities. You can visit the Henarathgoda botanical garden which is where the first rubber tree was planted in Sri Lanka. The town is also close proximity to Negombo which is another major town. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Gampaha.