Homagama, a town in the Colombo District in Sri Lanka, is officially classified as a rural area. However, a visitor to Homagama is sure to find this designation confusing; it lies just 10 kilometers off Maharagama, one of the most densely populated cities in the country. Large parts of Homagama are also densely developed, with buildings packed together. Nevertheless, Homagama is classified as a rural area because it is administered by a Pradeshiya Sabha rather than a Municipal or an Urban Council. Officially, an area in Sri Lanka is considered urban if it is administered by a Municipal or an Urban Council.