Kegalle District

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This article is about the district in Sri Lanka. For the town, see Kegalle.
Kegalle District
කෑගල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
Administrative District
Map of Sri Lanka with Kegalle District highlighted
Map of Sri Lanka with Kegalle District highlighted
Coordinates: 7°18′N 80°24′E / 7.300°N 80.400°E / 7.300; 80.400Coordinates: 7°18′N 80°24′E / 7.300°N 80.400°E / 7.300; 80.400
Country  Sri Lanka
Province Sabaragamuwa Province
Largest Town Kegalle
 • Total 1,693 km2 (654 sq mi)
 • Land 1,685 km2 (651 sq mi)
 • Water 8 km2 (3 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 837,179
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code LK-92

Kegalle is a district in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka. Its area is 1,693 km². It was a former Dissavani of Sri Lanka. Has a population of 837,179 according to census 2012.

Physical information[edit]

District of Kegalle, situated in between the central highlands and western southern planes and has an enchanting environment. Height of the western region is less than 500 feet from the sea level while eastern region exceeds 1000 feet. Rubber cultivation has stretched over most of the area of the District and minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg takes an important place in the economy of the District. Sri Lanka’s best graphite mine is situated at Bogala in Kegalle District. The extent of the District is 1,692.8 km2 (653.6 sq mi).

Major Cities[edit]

Other towns[edit]


Population (2005)
Administration Type Number
Female 521,683
Male 504,541
Total Population 1026,224
No. of Families 296,348

Ethnic distribution (2001 census)[edit]

Most of the population are Sinhalese. Indian Tamils brought by British to work in tea states makes a significant minority.

Ethnic group Population  %
Sinhala 674,665 85.89%
Sri Lankan Tamil 14,908 1.90%
Indian Tamil 44,202 5.63%
Sri Lankan Moors 50,419 6.42%
Burger 191 0.02%
other 1,139 0.14%
Total 785,524 100.00%

Religious groups (2001 census)[edit]

Religious group Population  %
Buddhist 667,618 84.00%
Islam 59,662 7.58%
Hindu 51,675 6.58%
Roman Catholic 9,365 1.19%
protestant 4,977 0.63%
other 227 0.02%
Total 794,524 100.00%

Land Usage[edit]

Crops Quantity( Hec.)
Paddy 23,516
Tea 18,673
Coconut 27,192
Rubber 89,311

Notable places[edit]

Situated between coastal lowlands and central highlands district has a contrasting landscape.

Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala[edit]

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala attracts thousands of tourists daily.



  1. ^ "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics. 2010. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  2. ^ "POPULATION OF SRI LANKA BY DISTRICT" (PDF). Census of Population and Housing 2011. Department of Census and Statistics. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-02-08.