The Senanayakes of Bothale, trace our roots back to the Anuradhapura Era. As pioneers of the Independence Movement, our forefathers changed the very course of Sri Lanka, through Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake, whose courage and determination supported the call for self-governance by nationalist leaders, and elevated him to the pre-eminent status of the nation’s first Prime Minister.
Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was formerly known, was under foreign domination for well over Four Centuries. It was under the rule of various colonial powers from 1505, till its independence in 1948.
Following their invasion in the early 16th century, the Portuguese gradually continued to extend their control over the coastal regions of Sri Lanka while attempting to push further inward.
With notable family members such as the country’s first Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake, his brother F.R Senanayake, who fought hard for peaceful independence and his son, Dudley Senanayake who would uphold his father’s legacy and continue to be elected as Prime Minister four times. To more recent times R G Senanayake with the addition of both Rukman Senanayake and Vasantha Senanayake, strong candidates and revered leaders, the “Senanayake” name continues to forge ahead within the political sphere of Sri Lanka.