Al Manar National School, Handessa

Al Manar National School (commonly known as Al-Manar College or simply as Al-Manar) s a national school in Handessa, Kandy. It was founded 15 September 1892. It is one of the oldest Muslim school established in Sri Lanka.


The Al Manar National School was founded in 1892 as Pethiyagoda Tamil School in Thalawathura. It was later moved to Boowelikada in 1929 and named as Ketakumbura Tamil school,then in 1964 it was shifted to its current location in Ambarapola. At that time the school was called Al Manar Muslim Central College and later on in 1999 it was renamed Al Manar Central College (National School).

125 Years Anniversary

For the school’s 125th Anniversary the Al Manar management board, SDC, OBA and OGA joined together and planned a 125-year celebration walk.

Clubs and Societies

  • Al Manar students’ parliament
  • Commerce Society
  • English Debating Circle
  • Environment Society
  • ICT Club
  • Art Club
  • Muslim Majlis
  • Media Unit
  • Science forum
  • First aid team


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