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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 to Kandy road.Climate and GeologyMawanella belongs to the Tropical Evergreen region of central Sri Lanka. The altitude of the area varies from 180m to 260 m above sea level. The average annual rainfall lies between 2500 and 4500 ml, and temperature of the region ranges between 22 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius. It receives most of the rain from Southwest Monsoon. The average wind speed has been measured to be approximately 7.2 km/hour and humidity in the range lies between 57% and 90%. The whole region is mountainous, but the most famous mountain is the Bathalegala or Bible Rock. Devanagala and Alagalla are another two mountains in the area. There is also a waterway called Maa Oya running very close to the town. The famous Mawanella Brick Bridge is built to cross the Maa Oya by colonial British rulers. A modern concrete bridge is in operation since 2005, parallel to the old Brick bridge.
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