Badulla District

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Badulla District

බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය

பதுளை மாவட்டம்
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Tea plantation in Haputale
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Map of Sri Lanka with Badulla District highlighted
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Map of Badulla district showing its administrative areas
Coordinates: 6°59′05″N81°03′23″E / 6.98472°N 81.05639°E / 6.98472; 81.05639 Coordinates: 6°59′05″N81°03′23″E / 6.98472°N 81.05639°E / 6.98472; 81.05639
CountryFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
Province Uva Province
Largest City Badulla
   District Secretary Damayanthi Paranagama
  Total2,861 km2 (1,105 sq mi)
  Density310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
ISO 3166 code LK-81
LanguagesSinhala, Tamil, English

Badulla (Sinhala : බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයbadūlla distrikkaya; Tamil : பதுளை மாவட்டம்Patuḷai māvaṭṭam) is a district in Uva Province, Sri Lanka. The entire land area of the Badulla district is 2,861 km2 and total population is 837,000. The district is bounded by the districts of Monaragala and Rathnapura on the East & South, by Ampara and Kandy districts on the North and by Nuwara Eliya and Matale on the West. Mainly the economy of the district is based on agricultural farming and livestock.


Badulla District is an agricultural district where tea and various vegetables are cultivated. The district is divided into an upper region and a lower region which differ in climatic and geographic characteristics. The upper region of the district is known for tea plantations and vegetable cultivation while the lower region focuses more on paddy farming. [1] [2]


Electorate divisions in Badulla District

Major cities

Other towns


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A school in Badulla district

(2010 estimates 887220)


Religion in Badulla District (2011) [3]

   Buddhism (72.6%)
   Hinduism (19.4%)
   Islam (5.8%)
   Christianity (2.1%)
Buddhism 589,393 (72.63%)
Hinduism 157,360 (19.39%)
Islam 47,172 (5.81%)
Roman Catholic 11,630 (1.43%)
Other Christian 5985 (0.74%)

Important locations in Badulla District

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Lipton's seat
Diyaluma Falls Diyaluma Falls (Koslanda, Sri Lanka).jpg
Diyaluma Falls


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  1. "Uva Province" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  2. "Uva". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  3. Department of Census and Statistics,The Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka-2011