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Southern Expressway
Southern Expressway from Pinnaduwa (Galle) to Godagama (Matara)

The section of Southern Expressway from Pinnaduwa (Galle) to Godagama (Matara) has been opened to public on 15th March 2014. The section from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle) was completed in November 2011 and is in operation at present.

Galle–Matara section of Southern Expressway has two intersections in between Pinnaduwa & Godagama interchanges; namely, Imaduwa interchange & Kokmaduwa interchange. This section also consists of 4-lane capacity similar to the earlier section from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa. The maximum operating speed for this section is also 100 kmph. It is expected to extend the Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota with the intention of linking Mattala Airport and Hambantota Harbour to the Commercial Capital, Colombo in future.


Videos and User Guide
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The information regarding the correct use of the expressway is provided below for your reference.      
   Advice on safe use of the Southern Expressway - Video Clips
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1. Vehicles which are allowed and not allowed to enter the Expressway
2. Entering the Expressway
3. Safe use of the Expressway
4. Using Lanes...
5. Exit from the Expressway
6. Actions to be taken in the event of vehicle breakdown
7. Actions to be taken in the event of an accident
User Guide - Sinhala (Complete document)
User Guide - English (Complete document)
User Guide - Tamil (Complete document)
User Guide - Sinhala
01. Introduction
02. Map
      මාර්ග සිතියම
03. Entree points to the Expressway
     මාර්ගයට පිවිසිය හැකි ස්ථාන
      අන්තර් හුවමාරු
  • Kottawa (Colombo - Ratnapura - Wellawaya - Batticaloa Road - A004)
  • Kahatuduwa (Colombo - Horana Road - B084)
  • Gelanigama (Panadura - Nambapana - Ratnapura Road - A008)
  • Dodangoda (Nagoda - Kalawellawa - Bellapitiya Road - B304)
  • Welipanna (Horana - Anguruwatota - Aluthgama Road - B157)
  • Kurundugahetekma (Ambalangoda - Elpitiya - Pitigala Road - B014)
  • Baddegama (Hikkaduwa - Baddegama - Nilhena Road - B153)
  • Pinnaduwa (Galle - Udugama Road - B129)
04. Vehicles which are allowed and not allowed to enter the Expressway
      අධිවේගී මාර්ගයට පිවිසීමට අවසර දෙන හා නොදෙන වාහන
05 - 09. User fee payment methodology
      ගාස්තු ගෙවීමේ පිළිවෙල හා එක් එක් වර්ගයට අයත් වාහන සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු ගාස්තු
10 - 14. Instructions to use the expressway
      අධිවේගී මාර්ගය භාවිතය සඳහා උපදෙස්
15. Hospitals which are located nearest to the interchanges
      අන්තර් හුවමාරු වල සිට කඩිනමින් ලගා විය හැකි රෝහල්
16. Police Stations which are located nearest to the interchanges
      අන්තර් හුවමාරු වලට ආසන්න පොලිස් ස්ථානවල තොරතුරු
17. Facilities available in Service Areas
      සේවා පෙදෙස තුල ලැබිය හැකි පහසුකම්
18. Distance between Interchanges
      දක්ෂිණ අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ එක් එක් අන්තර් හුවමාරු අතර ඇති දුර
19. The way of entering the Expressway from Galle and from Matara
      මාතර හා ගාල්ල සිට අධිවේගී මාර්ගයට පිවිසෙන අයුරු
20. The way of entering the Expressway from Kaduwela, Peliyagoda and from cities near to Colombo
      කඩුවෙල, පෑලියගොඩ හා ආසන්න නගරවල සිට අධිවේගී මාර්ගයට පිවිසෙන ආකාරය

Southern Expressway is the first expressway in Sri Lanka and it is an important link of the proposed expressway network. It travers from Kottawa to Matara (126 km) and the construction of the section from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle) has been completed as a dual Expressway with 4-lane facility. Galle Port access road has been built to connect Galle city to Pinnaduwa interchange.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC) are the main funding agencies for this project. The section from Kottawa to Kurundugahahetekma (65km) was constructed under the financial assistance of JBIC and the section from Kurundugahahetekma to Pinnaduwa (Galle), 29.3km was constructed under the financial assistance of ADB. The section from Pinnaduwa (Galle) to Godagama which is about 35km has been agreed to be financed by the Export and Import Bank of China.

The design speed of the Expressway is 120km/h. The operation speed of the Expressway is 100km/h.

The Southern Expressway will be extended up to Hambantota connecting Mattala Airport which is being constructed.

Project Objectives

  • Improve transport facilities for future development of Southern Region. 
  • Provide a highway to act as a catalyst in encouraging and attracting industries and services for the Economic and Social development of the region.
  • To promote inter-regional transport facilities by developing this road, considering it as a major component of the proposed Expressway network.
Current Travel Time
Expected Travel Time on Expressway
Colombo - Matara
4 1/2 - 5 hrs
2 hrs
Kottawa - Pinnaduwa (Galle)
3 1/2 - 4 hrs
1 hr


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Benefits of the Project  
  • Reduce travel time between Colombo to Matara.
  • Reduce traffic congestion on Colombo-Matara Road, and reduce delay costs, fuel costs there by contributing to national economy.
  • Attract private sector investors and there by contributing to expand the job market
  • Development of fisheries, agriculture, industries in the region .
  • Expand tourism presently confined to the coastal belt, along Colombo-Galle-Matara.
  • Development of Galle port.
  • Development of the towns belong to 11 interchanges as Economic Centers
  • Enhance the value of land and property in the region


Kottawa to Pinnaduwa Opening
Sri Lanka’s first ever access controlled expressway from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle) was ceremonially opened by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapakse on 27th of November 2011. The length of this section is 96km and newly constructed Galle Port access road of length 5km will connect this Expressway to the Galle city. The expected travel time from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle) when this expressway is used about one hour.

The section from Galle to Matara of length 35km is under construction and scheduled to be completed by 2013. There are plans to extend the Southern Expressway up to Hambantota connecting Mattala International Airport which is being constructed.  The length of this section will be 75km and surveys are being done to acquire land for this section of the Expressway.
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Project photographs:    
During Construction    
Kottawa end during construction
Part of Kahatuduwa interchange, duringconstruction
After Completion    
Benthara Bridge - Longest Bridge in Sri Lanka
Construction work
Ambalangoda exit at Kurundugahahethekma interchange
Completed Project
Completed Project
Galle exit at Pinnaduwa interchange
Last Modified Date : 28-Mar-2014 1:39 PM