Balangoda is a large town in Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an urban council. Its 143 kilometres (89 mi) from Colombo and 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Ratnapura. It is one of the largest towns of the Sabaragamuwa Province. According to the 2001 census, Balangoda has a population of 16,875 and area of 16.2 kmē. Sri shariputhra maha vidyalaya school is located here.