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Our Founder

Our Founder

The Nawaloka Group of Companies is the brain child of the late Deshamanya H.K. Dharmadasa, a pioneering entrepreneur and a legend in the Sri Lankan business world. Deshamanya H.K. Dharmadasa’s business ventures began with the Nawaloka Hotel, followed by investments in timber in 1945, which was the beginning of the Nawaloka Group of Companies. Today, the Group has evolved into a local conglomerate comprising, Nawaloka Hotel, Nawaloka Timber (Pvt) Ltd, Nawaloka Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Nawaloka Construction Co. (Pvt) Ltd, Nawaloka Polysacks (Pvt) Ltd, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC, Nawaloka Piling (Pvt) Ltd, Nawaloka Development (Pvt) Ltd and New Nawaloka Trading Co. (Pvt) Ltd. Nawaloka Industries came into being in 1963 manufacturing hardware items such as wire nails, barbed wires, brass screws etc., The next venture was Nawaloka Construction, which commenced operations in 1957 and is now a M1 category (highest category) contractor, followed by Nawaloka Polysacks that manufactures woven polypropylene bags, thermoformed cups for yogurt, ice cream etc., and decorative mats. In 1985, Nawaloka Hospitals was established. A venture that was very close to Deshamanya H.K. Dhardmadasa’s heart, this state-of-the-art public quoted hospital is the leading private hospital in Sri Lanka today. New Nawaloka Trading, which is involved in trading activities, was established next, followed by Nawaloka Developments which is involved in property development and warehousing. The Nawaloka Group ventured into construction piling in 1993, under Nawaloka Construction. In 2004, Nawaloka Piling (Pvt) Ltd was registered as a separate entity, becoming the most recent addition to the Group. Deshamanya H.K. Dhardmadasa was a philanthropist who was always concerned about the health of the people of Sri Lanka. Therefore, he gifted a four storied block of hospital wards to the Matara Hospital, completely refurbished the Ampara Hospital and several other hospitals, such as the Kiribathgoda and Horowpatana hospitals, and donated a laundry system and MRI equipment for the Colombo National Hospital. However, this is only the tip of Deshamanya H.K. Dhardmadasa’s mountain of charity work. Throughout his life he continued to support many charitable causes, including building or renovating Buddhist temples, churches and kovils, constructing school buildings and putting up houses for the poor and also his employees. The fact that the State recognized his contributions to society and conferred many honorary titles on him, such as the Deshamanya appellation, speaks volumes about his contributions to the nation. Since the demise of Deshamanya H.K. Dharmadasa in 2011 at the age of 92 years, his two sons have taken over this mighty conglomerate. Under the umbrella of Nawaloka Holdings, Mr Jayantha Dharmadasa overlooks the activities of Nawaloka Construction and Nawaloka Hospitals. Mr Upali Dharmadasa manages the Nawaloka Group of Companies that includes Nawaloka Piling