Districts of Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, districts (Sinhala: දිස්ත්‍රි‌ක්‌ක, Tamil: மாவட்டம்) are the second-level administrative divisions. The first level are the provinces. Each province contains a number of districts. There are 25 districts in the country. They are organized into 9 provinces.[1] Each district is administered under a District Secretary.[2] Secretaries are appointed by the central government.[3]

DistrictsEdit

 
Map of Sri Lanka showing districts.

All population numbers are from the most recent census of Sri Lanka, in 2012. Population density has been calculated using the land area rather than the total area (total area would have included the area of rivers and lakes).

District Area map Province District
capital
Land
area
in km2 (mi2)
Inland
water
area
in km2 (mi2)
Total
area
in km2 (mi2)
Population
(2012)
Population
density
per km2
(per mi2)
Ampara   Eastern Ampara 4,222 (1,630) 193 (75) 4,415 (1,705) 648,057 153 (400)
Anuradhapura   North Central Anuradhapura 6,664 (2,573) 515 (199) 7,179 (2,772) 856,232 128 (330)
Badulla   Uva Badulla 2,827 (1,092) 34 (13) 2,861 (1,105) 811,758 287 (740)
Batticaloa   Eastern Batticaloa 2,610 (1,010) 244 (94) 2,854 (1,102) 525,142 201 (520)
Colombo   Western Colombo 676 (261) 23 (8.9) 699 (270) 2,309,809 3,417 (8,850)
Galle   Southern Galle 1,617 (624) 35 (14) 1,652 (638) 1,058,771 655 (1,700)
Gampaha   Western Gampaha 1,341 (518) 46 (18) 1,387 (536) 2,294,641 1,711 (4,430)
Hambantota   Southern Hambantota 2,496 (964) 113 (44) 2,609 (1,007) 596,617 239 (620)
Jaffna   Northern Jaffna 929 (359) 96 (37) 1,025 (396) 583,378 628 (1,630)
Kalutara   Western Kalutara 1,576 (608) 22 (8.5) 1,598 (617) 1,217,260 772 (2,000)
Kandy   Central Kandy 1,917 (740) 23 (8.9) 1,940 (750) 1,369,899 715 (1,850)
Kegalle   Sabaragamuwa Kegalle 1,685 (651) 8 (3.1) 1,693 (654) 836,603 497 (1,290)
Kilinochchi   Northern Kilinochchi 1,205 (465) 74 (29) 1,279 (494) 112,875 94 (240)
Kurunegala   North Western Kurunegala 4,624 (1,785) 192 (74) 4,816 (1,859) 1,610,299 348 (900)
Mannar   Northern Mannar 1,880 (730) 116 (45) 1,996 (771) 99,051 53 (140)
Matale   Central Matale 1,952 (754) 41 (16) 1,993 (770) 482,229 247 (640)
Matara   Southern Matara 1,270 (490) 13 (5.0) 1,283 (495) 809,344 637 (1,650)
Moneragala   Uva Moneragala 5,508 (2,127) 131 (51) 5,639 (2,177) 448,142 81 (210)
Mullaitivu   Northern Mullaitivu 2,415 (932) 202 (78) 2,617 (1,010) 91,947 38 (98)
Nuwara Eliya   Central Nuwara Eliya 1,706 (659) 35 (14) 1,741 (672) 706,588 414 (1,070)
Polonnaruwa   North Central Polonnaruwa 3,077 (1,188) 216 (83) 3,293 (1,271) 403,335 131 (340)
Puttalam   North Western Puttalam 2,882 (1,113) 190 (73) 3,072 (1,186) 759,776 264 (680)
Ratnapura   Sabaragamuwa Ratnapura 3,236 (1,249) 39 (15) 3,275 (1,264) 1,082,277 334 (870)
Trincomalee   Eastern Trincomalee 2,529 (976) 198 (76) 2,727 (1,053) 378,182 150 (390)
Vavuniya   Northern Vavuniya 1,861 (719) 106 (41) 1,967 (759) 171,511 92 (240)
Total 62,705 (24,211) 2,905 (1,122) 65,610 (25,330) 20,263,723 323 (840)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "At a Glance". Sri Lanka in Brief. Government of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  2. "Vision & Mission". District Secretariats Portal. Ministry of Public Administration & Home Affairs, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  3. "Kilinochchi a brief look". Daily News. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009.