Elpitiya is a town in Galle District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.
Elpitiya is easily accessible from the Southern Expressway (Sri Lanka). The city is located 3.8km away from the Kurudugahahetekma Interchange. Elpitiya is also accessible from Colombo - Galle main road and is about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Ambalangoda. Also there are 3 other access roads from the Colombo - Galle main road at Bentota, Kosgoda and Ahungalla. Elpitiya is well known for its production of Cinnamon and Low Grown Tea. Tea, Rubber, Cinnamon and Rice are the main products in the area. There are more than a dozen tea factories and one Rubber factory in the area.
The town is believed to be originated as a Plantation and since gradually expanded to its current state. Now it is one of the biggest towns in the district and still sees rapid expansion, mainly to the new Southern Highway. Elpitiya is one of the electorate with larger population in Galle District and also is the newly formed Police Division in addition to the Galle Police Division.
About Galle District
Galle is a city situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Galle is a sizeable town, by Sri Lankan standards, and has a population of 91,000, the majority of whom are of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a large Sri Lankan Moor minority, particularly in the fort area, which descend from Arab merchants that settled in the ancient port of Galle.
About Southern Province
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region.
Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.