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A1 highway (Sri Lanka)

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Template:Infobox road The A 1 road (commonly known as the Colombo - Kandy Road or just the Kandy Road) is an A-Grade trunk road in Sri Lanka. It connects the capital city of Colombo with Kandy.

History[edit source | edit]

Commonly known as the Kandy Road, the A 1 was the first modern highway in the island. Construction began in 1820 under the orders of the British Governor of Ceylon, Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton, 3rd Baronet. Construction was carried out by Captain William Francis Dawson—who died during the project—along with Major Thomas Skinner. In the memory of Captain Dawson, the Dawson Tower was erected at Kadugannawa in the Kadugannawa Pass.

Route[edit source | edit]

The A1 highway begins at Colombo Fort. It passes through Peliyagoda, Kelaniya, Kiribathgoda, Mahara, Kadawatha, Kirillawala, Imbulgoda, Balummahara, Miriswaththa, Yakkala, Weediyawaththa, Thihariya, Nittambuwa, Pasyala, Wewaldeniya, Danovita, Warakapola, and Ambepussa. At Ambepussa, Kurunegala, Mawathagama, Paragahadeniya the A6 Highway branches off the A1, heading towards Kurunegala. The A1 continues east, passing Tholangamuwa, Udukumbura, Nelundeniya, Yattogoda, Galigamuwa, Ambanpitiya, Ranwala, Kegalle, Meepitiya, Karandupana, Molagoda, Uthuwankanda, Anwarama, Mawanella, Beligammana, Hingula, Kadugannawa, Pilimathalawa, Kiribathkumbura, and Peradeniya to reach Kandy.

Images[edit source | edit]

Here are some photos of A1 Highway and notable places found along it.

Highway museum complex at Kiribathkumbura on A1 Highway
A1 road near Dawson Tower in Kadugannawa town early 1900s .
1820s rock piercing in Kadugannawa Pass.
Kadugannawa Ambalama, a historic wayside rest from 18th century.

References[edit source | edit]

Coordinates: 6°58′39″N 79°55′35″E / 6.977376°N 79.926374°E / 6.977376; 79.926374 Template:Highways in Sri Lanka


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