Kalutara district is endowed with a proud historical heritage. It has been reported that in the past kalutara district had been divided into 5 divisions called kalutara thotamuna, panadura totamuna,Pasyodun Koralaya east, Pasyodun Koralaya west and Rigam Koralaya. According to historical documents it was identified as “Pas Yoththa”, during the period when Sri Lanka was administred under the regime of Ruhunu,Maya,Pihiti at the time Kalutara district belonged Maya Rata.
It is observed that several historical factors and views have been expressed on the origin of the name o ...
It is observed that several historical factors and views have been expressed on the origin of the name of Kalutara and it has been reported ancient “Kala Thiththa” Later came to be non as “Kalutota, “ and Kalutara respected. In the past Ferry of Klauganga was considered as a special trade centre and as such “Kalatheethta” Kalutota came to be known as Kalutara, Raigam is also a division of historical important in Kalutara District has been reported Prakramabahu iv who ruled the Kotte was first crowned as a regional KIng in Rqaigama.
Raigam Puraya came to be known as a kingdom after the enthronement of king Prakaramabahu. After the “Wijayaba Kollaya” in the year 1521, it was divided in to three divisions called kotte, Raigama and Seethawaka. During this period Pasyodun Koralaya too was administered under Raigam koralaya. King Mayadunna who ruled Seethawaka at the time made a great effort to separate Kalutara thotamuna from kotte kingdom.King Buvenekabahu was against such effort and it has been reported the he handed over the right of using Kalutara Ferry to fortugies.
By 1551 a group of Franciascan priest has arrived In Kalutara for propagation of Christianity Catholism and Kalutara District can be identify as the first District where churches were build in island a part from the Kotte Kingdom. After the death of of king Buvenekabahu in 1551 prince Don Juawan Dharmapala was kronded as a king. Veediya Bandara the father of Don Juwan Dharmapala was in prisoned by fortugies and he managed to escape, and there after it has been repoted that Veediya Bandara burnt the kalutara Ferry. In the meantime the churches too were set on fire. Later Portuguess once again rejoined Weediya Bandara against Mayadunna. And as a result the churches could be restorted. Mayadunna too joined the potuguese and began to act against Veediya Bandara. Once again churches were destroyed by Weediya Bandara. It has been reported that he has made Kalutara District his residence during this period.
Later the fortigies had to related Kotte Kingdom after their defeat of the battle with Mayadunne and their after once again Kalutara came under the rule of Mayadunne with the attack of Colombo fort by prince Rajasinghe the son of Mayadunne once again the Frtugies faught on scoerel occation to capture the Kalutara ferry and after the death of prince Rajasinghe in 1591 Kalutara ferry came under the kotte kingdom and from there onwards again the administration of the survey was taken over by the frtugies.