Our Vision

Towards an Esteemed Public Service through an Efficient Performance

Our Mission

Provide a services according to the government policies, co-ordination of resources and uplift the living standards of the people in the division through an efficient  and well planned development with  public participation.

Location

Panadura Divisional Secretary’s Division located at North-western  terminal of Kaluthara  District is bounded as follows ,North by Colombo Distract, East by Bandaragama Secretary’s  Division ,South  by kalutara  Divisional Secretary’s Division and west by Indian  Ocean. The Division covers an area of 3.6% of the total extent of land in Kaluthara District ,which is 4717Ha. Or 59 Squire  Kilometers (23 miles) .

Total area is mostly low land and no significant diversification could be observed accordingly to topographical features.

West margin of the Division consists of plain fields characters which is a common feature in the coastal area. Low land features can be seen in the catchment  area of the Bolgoda Lake and River in the Eastern margin Intermediate region consists of terraced land.

Historical Background of Panadura Divisional Secretary’s Division.

Colonel Olcott identified the Panadura Thotamuna situated in Thalpitiya Debbadde of Raigam Karalee in Kalutara District, western province as “Panadura vijaya Bhoomiya”. In Tamil Panadura thotamuna is also called “Panthei Thurei” or “Pashana Dura” Gala dura (means stone at a distance.) .

In the titled “the book of Ceylon, Panadura is most colorful vividly described as follows,
“Panadura is a township with an urban population of approximately 2000. It has similar characteristics of Moratuwa Town. Its rivers estuaries and small islands scattered throughout add Panoramic Beauty and Charm. They are retreats of multitudes of water – fowl and are covered with exquisite vegetation. The passenger should look out for the beautiful view from the railway bridge crossing the mouth of the river near the station.”

Events associated with famous historical battles are interesting and the first occurred in the twelth  century when Alakeswera a famous General of king Parakrama Bahu Great of Polonnaruwa met the Indian invaders near Panadura and defeated them the second  was the struggle for  supremacy between the Dutch and Portuguese in the seventeenth century. A retinue of three thousand people marched from Kalutara  to Colombo, the dutch had safely crossed the Panadura river. Later about 500 people were surrounded and they were survivor succeeded in reaching Colombo again, but in such a miserable situation nearly half of them succumbed to their injuries.

The most important and famous historical event related to Panadura is the “Panadura Wadaya (Debate)” held in 6th and 28th of August 1873. This debate was held in a private land called Dombagahawatta belongings to Mr. Jeramious Dias in the close proximity to the temple “Rankoth Viharaya” .It could be cited, as an extraordinary event of the strong battle where the people lived freely after three years Christian Missionary rule.

Historical story of Panadura is really interesting and attractive. The place where the golden melon was found by the farmers ploughing in the paddy field is called as Hiranaya or Hirana. The village which supplied oil to conduct Dalada worships (Dalada puda puja) specially to provide the necessary light to the palace during the era of Sri Jayewardenepura was thereafter come to be known as Thelpitiya OR Thalpitiya. The machinary called “sekku” used to produce oil by crushing the kernel of coconut sould be seen at this location even today. The place where the relative of Molligoda Maha Adikaram (Chief Minister – Molligoda) of king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe resided was, thereafter called “Molligoda”, “Mouli” means crown. The crown is the very exclusive ornament placed on king’s head. Accordingly this village was the birth place of a high clan of people lived and Wedaduwa later came to be known as Wadduwa. Thanthirimulla village got that name as the tax collectors appointed to collect taxes during that period originate from the families of thanthirige, Kaluthanthirige and Gardiyathanthirige.During portugese rule the area was controlled by the commander called “Kurupa” named after him and thereafter it became “Kuruppumulla”. The place where the Raigam Bandara parked his carts at the night, when they were traveling by bullock carts named as “Gonabediduwa”. The place where the people who prepared necklesses for the palace of the Raigam Bandara lived there and from that day awards it became Malamulla. There is another definition for Malamulla that was, as there were residents whose surnames included Malalage, Malalanayaka and Malalasekara. 

It is observed that the history of the Wadduwa town located close to cities like Panadura and Kalutara of western province go beyond up to the era of Kotte. During that period Wadduwa area was administered by the royal people / celebratary from the palace of the Kotte. Our sandesha shahhithya proves that. (Legend)

According to the new administrative low, Wadduwa area is defined.as a place / location lodging to Mungwatte Base Paththuwa of  Raigam  Koralaya of Panadura Thotamuna. Buddhist cultural history of the area referred since 19 A.D. Main Buddhist centre of that era was Wadduwa, Molligoda Degambada Viharaya alias Dawatagaha Viharaya (temple). It was described in the history of that viharaya that Dewananda Ttero lived there and was awarded “Upa Pradhana Sanga Nayaka” position in the year 1853B.C. Generations of teachers of the thero spread upto the period of Walivita , Pindapathika, Asaranasarana Siri Saranankara Sangaraja Thero.


The large area of land called Wadduwa, presently consistings of a large number of villages called thalpitiya, Madavilgoda, Mahawadduwa,Kudawadduwa,Pohaddaramulla, Pothupitiya, Melegama,Mestiya,Mawala. The village called Gonaduwa which was named as such because it was a piece of land surrounded by large paddy fields, flat lands such as kumaraduwa, kawduduwa, Delduwa, Naiduwa and korosduwa, extensive land land area like Moronthuduwa belongs to Wadduwa. This area was famous for the generation of doctors of indigenous medicine who were specialized for dislocation of limits malnutrition, cancers etc.
After the era of king Mahinda the 5th, administration of the country was carried out by the Tamils. Most of the Sinhalese people left Rajarata and seeking protection in Ruhuna and Maya provinces. Panadura is became one of the most prominent place in Maya province which provide protection. Primary /main reason for that was the place which was covered three sides from large reservoirs; Later a large/huge fortress was build armed security zone. The security ferry was built close to the fortress and much historical evidence is available to confirm that there was a palace on the bank of river at Diggala.


Prince Mahakith was the one who consolidated his power based on the palace lately called Miriyawatta and he was one of the great commanders who fought against the tamils to unite Sri Lanka risking own life. Mahakith the worrier who introduced himself as “Mahalankin” in Mahawansa and “Mahale” in “Rajawaliya” controlled of the tamils and establish his right power of the crown and was crowned at Kalutara and ruin the area for about 3 years. The great worrier was frustrated over his citizens regarding where they faught against them selves. They fought with Tamils and cimmited suvicide by chopping his head by himself. The typical village constructed within the area of Panadura the birth place of this great worrier after his death came to be known as Mahakithgama.


We have lot of evidence to prove that the Panadura town has a long history.This city had been developed by king Maha Parakramabahu 11 with the help of Minister Devapathiraja in the year 125 AD.The fertile coconut plantation growth was looked after by  the king and it was later called Uyankele. It is observed that this city was redeveloped by the 2nd Nallur Thunaiyar, Minister named as Manikkunilathur lived at Panadura, Nalluruwa. There is much evidence to establish the fact that Ahalepola the chief Minister resided in this village called Uyankele was the resting place for English men on their journey to Raigam from Colombo

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It is obvious that historical as well as environmental factors were taken into consideration in naming the villages. The area where the dairy farms were available is called Pattiya. Punchideniya got that name as it was situated in a small field. As it existed in a location of a field is called Bekkegama. An Ialand which had an Ambalama converted into Ambalanduwa. The place situated nearly from the top of the primary village which was shaped like a chena, hadn’t any person surrounded by the paddyfields and where huge trees and flowery plants were growing was named as Henawatta. According to word segregation in tamil means Nalla+UR the name Nalluruwa was formed and it was also named as Hondagamagoda. The main characteristic feature of the Naranpitiya was that it had large number of mandarine plants.As a result of having large stone plate the village was named as Galpoththa.The chena surrounded by the forest was named as Madahena and the land with white sand come to be known as Suduwella.The place where the bamboo plantation was found was called Batelanda. The village situated near lake was called as wew+kada and later came to called wekada. Because of large number of Goraka trees, the village got the name as Gorakana.

The village located on a hill top with a kovil for the name of Goddess Paththini became kovilgoddella. A forest area with throny bushes in the in the past became wal-ana came to the known as walana. Most of the villages in the Panadura Thotamuna named with the word “Mulla”. Henamulla  was the residence of low cast people engaged in washing clothes. Palliyamulla became Pallimulla. The village situated at the highest location level than the other villages such as Sarikkammulla,Henamulla, Pallimulla, Thanthirimulla, Kuruppumulla, Malamulla,Wadduranmulla,  called Udahamulla. Accordingly all the villages in the Panadura Thotamuna was named upon the historical or environmental factors Saddarmalankara Pirivena situated in the area of Pinwatta. Previously it was a paddy land. It previously named as“Malimitiyawatta”. After construction of a temple this kethbima converted into “Pinwatta”. It is defined as Pugngnawatte and it means Punya Shethraya (with religious outlook). Pinwatta Siriseelananda Thero, Pohoddaramulla Gnananandhabhidhana Maha Nayaka Thero and Pinwatte Wimalakeerthi Thero were famous Buddhist clergy not only in Panadura but in whole country.(Source From The Book of Ceylon).

History of Panadura Divisional Secretariat

  • The present Divisional Secretariat has been established as an office of the Divisional   Revenue Officer in 1972 at Uyankele – Galle Rd.
  • In the year 1975 Divisional Assistant Government Agent’s Office was shifted to the present location of the Divisional Secretariat at Galle Road – Panadura.
  • It was converted to the Assistant Government Agent’s Office in 1980.
  • Thereafter it was known as the Divisional Secretariat from 1st of January 1990.Mr. A.A. Kalubowila was appointed as the first Divisional Secretary for Panadura Division

Role Performed at DS

Name

From

To

Mr.A.D.Kavisena

1972

1980

Mr.Ariyasena Hewage

1980

1991

Mr.A.A.Kalubowila

1991

1992

Mr.H.Sumanapala

1992

1993

Mr.K.Chandrasena

1994

1997.07.01

Mr.Nimalasena Gamage

1997.08.01

1998.10.31

Mr.K.Thilakarathna

1998.10.31

2001.04.28

Mr.D.P.L.C.Silva

2002 May

2006 March

Mr.P.H.C.Rathnayake

2006 June

2010 August

Mr.M.A.T.Senarath

2010 September

2011.06.27

Mrs.K.Champa N.Perera

2011.06.28

2012.01.23

Mr.Wimal Gunarathne(acting)

2012.01.24

2012.02.16

Mr.K.G.Wijayasiri

2012.02.17

2016.10.16

Mrs.I.Buddini Gunawardana(Acting)

2016.10.24

2017.01.31

Mrs.I.Buddini Gunawardana

2017.02.01

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