Matale District

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Matale District

මාතලේ දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
மாத்தளை மாவட்டம்
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Map of Sri Lanka with Matale District highlighted
Coordinates: 7°40′N80°45′E / 7.667°N 80.750°E / 7.667; 80.750 Coordinates: 7°40′N80°45′E / 7.667°N 80.750°E / 7.667; 80.750
CountrySri Lanka
Province Central Province
Capital Matale
Largest City Matale
   District Secretary S. M. G. K. Perera
  • Municipal Councils: 2
  • Urban Councils: 0
  • Pradeishiya Sabhas: 11
   Administrative District 1,993 km2 (770 sq mi)
  Land1,952 km2 (754 sq mi)
  Water41 km2 (16 sq mi)
 (2012) [1]
   Administrative District 484,531
(2019) [2]
  Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
ISO 3166 code LK-22
Official Languages Sinhala / Tamil

Matale District (Sinhala : මාතලේ දිස්ත්‍රික්කය, Tamil : மாத்தளை மாவட்டம்) is a district in Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is one of 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary (previously known as a Government Agent) appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The administrative capital  and largest city of the district is Matale.


The district is considered as the central region of the island and has a total area of 1,993 km2 (770 sq mi). It is in the northern part of the Central Province. It is bounded to the north by Anuradapura, east by Polonnaruwa, Badulla and Ampara, west by Kurunagala and to the south by Kandy Districts.

Ethnicity and religions

Religion in Matale District (2012) [3]

   Buddhism (79.4%)
   Islam (9.8%)
   Hinduism (9.1%)
   Christianity (2.4%)



Other divisions

Heritage sites

List of other tourist attractions in Matale District

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