Matara District

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Matara District

මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
மாத்தறை மாவட்டம்
Matara district.svg
Map of Sri Lanka with Matara District highlighted
Coordinates: 6°10′N80°30′E / 6.167°N 80.500°E / 6.167; 80.500 Coordinates: 6°10′N80°30′E / 6.167°N 80.500°E / 6.167; 80.500
CountrySri Lanka
Province Southern Province
Largest City Matara
Divisions
List
Government
   District Secretary Pradeep Ratnayaka
  Local
List
  • Municipal Councils: 1
  • Urban Councils: 1
  • Pradeishiya Sabhas: 10
Area
  Total1,282.5 km2 (495.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2012) [1]
  Total809,344
  Density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
ISO 3166 code LK-32
Website matara.dist.gov.lk/

Matara (Sinhala : මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයMātara distrikkaya; Tamil : மாத்தறை மாவட்டம்Māttaṛai māvaṭṭam) is a district in Southern 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.

Contents

Geography

Matara District is located in the south west of Sri Lanka and has an area of 1,282.5 square kilometres (495.2 sq mi). [2]

It is represented in the Sri Lankan Parliament following the 2010 Sri Lankan parliamentary election by former Sri Lankan national Cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya who stood for the United People's Freedom Alliance.

Administrative units

Matara District is divided into 16 Divisional Secretary's Division (DS Divisions), each headed by a Divisional Secretary (previously known as an Assistant Government Agent). [3] The DS Divisions are further sub-divided into 650 Grama Niladhari Divisions (GN Divisions), [3] with 1,658 villages.

DS Division Main TownDivisional Secretary GN
Divisions
[3]
Area
(km2)
[4]
Population (2012 Census) [5] Population
Density
(/km2)
Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan
Tamil
Indian
Tamil
OtherTotal
Akuressa Akuressa Mr. O.V.Chandana Tilakerathne46148.851,2807519865552,595357
Athuraliya Athuraliya Mr. T.G.S.Sarath Kumara2862.929,6741,6756021556731,869512
Devinuwara Devinuwara Mr. D.D.K.Wickramarachchi4139.947,21766366141947,9791,183
Dickwella Dickwella Mr. B.S. Ranjitha4851.951,5302,6807081954,1871,055
Hakmana Hakmana Mr. Kusalaka Nanayakkara3447.730,465977161531,892-
Kamburupitiya Kamburupitiya Mrs. N.M.M.W.W.N.Herath Kumari3960.940,7381028171039,438676
Kirinda Puhuwella Kirinda Puhuwella Mr. Chinthaka Abeywickrama2537.519,4806485-220,574655
Kotapola Kotapola Mr. Ganesha Amarasinghe37175.651,0571104,0417,855967,596389
Malimbada Malimbada Mrs. Deepika Kumari Gunarathne6644.734,1804765121733,289753
Matara Matara Mr. Ranjith Yapa2953.9110,2214,31430422109114,2982,144
Mulatiyana Mulatiyana Mr. Susantha Attanayake48115.249,689119261-48,645427
Pasgoda Pasgoda Mrs. Nadeeka Kaushalya Kumari43148.257,22423471,289759,285404
Pitabeddara Pitabeddara Mr. Ravindra Jayanath40141.547,149242,0861,5551352,081372
Thihagoda Thihagoda Mrs. K.P.C.N.Mahindagnana4045.233,168816-1032,640730
Weligama Weligama Mr. K.P.G.Sumith Shantha4844.064,9277,366159263370,1801,120
Welipitiya Welipitiya Mrs. Tushari Sooriyarachchi.3864.445,1226,33960227248,7561,102
Total6501,282.5757,04623,6355,06017,937321803,999638

Major cities

Other towns

Demographics

Population

Matara District's population was 803,999 in 2012. [6] The majority of the population are Sinhalese, with a minority Sri Lankan Moor and Indian Tamil population.

Ethnicity

Population of Matara District by ethnic group [6]
Year Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan Tamil Indian Tamil OtherTotal
No.
No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%
2012 Census757,04694.16%23,6352.94%5,0600.63%17,9372.23%3210.04%803,999

Religion

Religions in Matara District (2011) [1]

   Buddhism (94.2%)
   Islam (3.2%)
   Hinduism (2.0%)
   Christianity (0.7%)
Population of Matara District by religion [7]
Year Buddhist Muslim Christian [lower-alpha 1] Hindu OtherTotal
No.
No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%
2012 Census756,09894.0%18,9082.35%25,9823.23%2,9010.36%1100.01%803,999

Notes

  1. Roman Catholic and Other Christian.

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References

  1. 1 2 Department of Census and Statistics,The Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka-2011
  2. "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Statistical Abstract 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-13.
  3. 1 2 3 "Grama Niladhari Divisions". Matara District Secretariat.
  4. "Land area by province, district and divisional secretariat division" (PDF). Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  5. "A6 : Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  6. 1 2 "A2 : Population by ethnic group according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  7. "A3 : Population by religion according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.