Puttalam District

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Puttalam District

පුත්තලම දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
புத்தளம் மாவட்டம்
Puttalam district.svg
Map of Sri Lanka with Puttalam District highlighted
Coordinates: 08°0′N80°0′E / 8.000°N 80.000°E / 8.000; 80.000 Coordinates: 08°0′N80°0′E / 8.000°N 80.000°E / 8.000; 80.000
CountrySri Lanka
Province North Western Province
Largest town Puttalam
Government
   District Secretary L. J. M. G. Chandrasiri Bandara
Area
[1]
  Total3,072 km2 (1,186 sq mi)
  Land2,882 km2 (1,113 sq mi)
  Water190 km2 (70 sq mi)
Population
 (2012) [2]
  Total760,778
  Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
ISO 3166 code LK-62
Website www.puttalam.dist.gov.lk

Puttalam is a district situated near to the west coast of Sri Lanka. It has an area of 3,072 km2 (1,186 sq mi). [1] Along with the Kurunegala District, it formulates the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. The district capital is Puttalam, which borders the Kala Oya and Modaragam Aru in the north, Anuradhapura District and Kurunegala District in the east, Ma Oya in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west. Puttalam is well known for its picturesque lagoons, popular for shallow sea fishing and prawn farming activities. The town of Kalpitiya, and the Kalpitiya Peninsula, is located in this district.

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History

Geography

Puttalam district is situated in the upper part of the western coastal belt.


Administrative Structure

There are 548 GN division in the area. These areas are governed by the 16 Divisional Secretary areas.


List of Divisional Secretary areas in Puttlam district


Religion

Religious statistics in Puttalam District (2011) [4]

   Buddhism (43.24%)
   Christianity (33.08%)
   Islam (19.72%)
   Hinduism (3.78%)
  Other (0.2%)

Puttalam district is a multi-religious area. Buddhism is the major religion in the district. It has established since the early part of the Anuradhapura kingdom. The second commonest religion is the Roman Catholics. In addition to two of the above major religions Hindusium, Christianity and Islam are well established in the area. Munneswaram Hindu Temple, St. Anne's Church Thalawila are some of the historical religious places in the area.

Major cities

Other towns

See also

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Anamaduwa Town in Puttalam District, Sri Lanka

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Maha Vilattawa Grama Niladhari Division is a Grama Niladhari Division of the Chilaw Divisional Secretariat of Puttalam District of North Western Province, Sri Lanka. It has Grama Niladhari Division Code 570.

Urudayandaluwa Grama Niladhari Division is a Grama Niladhari Division of the Chilaw Divisional Secretariat of Puttalam District of North Western Province, Sri Lanka. It has Grama Niladhari Division Code 569E.

References

  1. 1 2 "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  2. "POPULATION OF SRI LANKA BY DISTRICT" (PDF). Census of Population and Housing 2011. Department of Census and Statistics. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  3. Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998,Gwillim Law, p.334
  4. Department of Census and Statistics,Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka,2012