Sabaragamuwa Province

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Sabaragamuwa Province
සබරගමුව පළාත
சப்ரகமுவ மாகாணம்
Province
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Location within Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°40′N80°24′E / 6.667°N 80.400°E / 6.667; 80.400 Coordinates: 6°40′N80°24′E / 6.667°N 80.400°E / 6.667; 80.400
Country Sri Lanka
Created 1889
Admitted 14 November 1987
Capital Ratnapura
Largest city Ratnapura
Government
   Governor Niluka Ekanayake
  Chief Minister Maheepala Herath
Area
  Total 4,968 km2 (1,918 sq mi)
Area rank 8th (7.46% of total area)
Population (2011 census)
  Total 1,918,880
  Rank 5th (9.63% of total pop.)
  Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Gross Regional Product  (2010) [1]
  Total Rs 303 billion
  Rank 5th (6.3% of total)
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code LK-9
Vehicle registration SG
Official Languages Sinhalese, Tamil
Website www.sg.gov.lk
Sabaragamuwa Province
Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

The Sabaragamuwa Province, (Sinhalese : සබරගමුව පළාතSabaragamuwa Palata, Tamil : சபரகமுவ மாகாணம்Sabaragamuwa Maakaanam) is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka, the first level administrative division of the country. The provinces have existed since the 19th century but did not have any legal status until 1987 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka established provincial councils. [2] [3] The Sabaragamuwa Province contains two districts: Ratnapura and Kegalle. It is named after its former indigenous inhabitants, namely the Sabara, an indic term for hunter-gatherer tribes, a term seldom used in ancient Sri Lanka. Sabaragamuwa University is in Belihuloya.

Sinhalese language language of the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka

Sinhalese, known natively as Sinhala, is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million. Sinhalese is also spoken as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totalling about four million. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Sinhalese is written using the Sinhalese script, which is one of the Brahmic scripts, a descendant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script closely related to the Kadamba alphabet.

Tamil language language

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and official language of the Indian state Tamil Nadu. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

Provinces of Sri Lanka 1st level administrative subdivisions of Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, provinces are the first level administrative division. They were first established by the British rulers of Ceylon in 1833. Over the next century most of the administrative functions were transferred to the districts, the second level administrative division. By the middle of the 20th century the provinces had become merely ceremonial. This changed in 1987 when, following several decades of increasing demand for a decentralization, the 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka established provincial councils. Currently there are nine provinces.

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Districts

Sabaragamuwa is divided into 2 districts:

Kegalle District Administrative District in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

Kegalle is a district in Sabaragamuwa 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 appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. It was a former Dissavani of Sri Lanka.

Ratnapura District Administrative District in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

Ratnapura is a district of Sri Lanka in the Sabaragamuwa Province.

Municipal Council

Urban Council

Other Towns

Belihuloya Village in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

Belihuloya is a village in the Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) south-east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 616 metres (2,021 ft) above sea level. This hillside location is a climatically transitional area, linking both the dry and wet zones and the hill and low country. Belihuloya, is derived from the Belih Oya, which flows through the area.

Kalawana Village in Central Province, Sri Lanka

There are two villages in Sri Lanka named Kalawana. One is in Gampaha district. It is situated approximately 12 km away from the City of Gampaha, 17 km from the City of Negombo and also in close proximity to suburban areas of Minuwangoda. Paddy and betel cultivation had been the main source of income for many families for decades.

Kuruwita Town in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

Kuruwita is a town in the Ratnapura District of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is 87 km from Colombo. It used to be served by the 2 ft 6 in narrow gauge Sabaragamuwa Railway, a branch of the national railway system. And known for the nearby waterfall called Bopath Ella.

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