Matara District

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This article is about the district in Sri Lanka. For the town, see Matara, Sri Lanka.
Matara District
Administrative District
Map of Sri Lanka with Matara District highlighted
Map of Sri Lanka with Matara District highlighted
Coordinates: 6°10′N 80°30′E / 6.167°N 80.500°E / 6.167; 80.500Coordinates: 6°10′N 80°30′E / 6.167°N 80.500°E / 6.167; 80.500
Country  Sri Lanka
Province Southern Province
Largest City Matara
Divisions
Government
 • District Secretary Mrs. E.A.C. Vidanagamachchi
 • Local
Area
 • Total 1,282.5 km2 (495.2 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 831,000
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code LK-32
Website matara.dist.gov.lk/

Matara 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.

Geography[edit]

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).[1]

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

Administrative units[edit]

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).[2] The DS Divisions are further sub-divided into 650 Grama Niladhari Divisions (GN Divisions),[2] with 1,658 villages.

DS Division Main Town Divisional Secretary GN
Divisions
[2]
Area
(km2)
[3]
Population (2012 Census)[4] Population
Density
(/km2)
Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan
Tamil
Indian
Tamil
Other Total
Akuressa Akuressa -- 46 148.8 51,280 7 519 865 5 52,595 357
Athuraliya Athuraliya Mr. K.G. Dharmathilaka 28 62.9 29,674 1,675 602 155 67 31,869 512
Devinuwara Devinuwara -- 41 39.9 47,217 663 66 14 19 47,979 1,183
Dickwella Dickwella Mr. B.S. Ranjitha 48 51.9 51,530 2,680 70 81 9 54,187 1,055
Hakmana Hakmana Mr. K. Nanayakkara 34 47.7 30,465 977 16 1 5 31,892 -
Kamburupitiya Kamburupitiya Mr. S.S. Singappuli 39 60.9 40,738 10 28 17 10 39,438 676
Kirinda Puhuwella Kirinda Puhuwella -- 25 37.5 19,480 648 5 - 2 20,574 655
Kotapola Kotapola Mr. G. Amarasinghe 37 175.6 51,057 110 4,041 7,855 9 67,596 389
Malimbada Malimbada -- 66 44.7 34,180 476 51 21 7 33,289 753
Matara Matara Mr. R. Yapa 29 53.9 110,221 4,314 304 22 109 114,298 2,144
Mulatiyana Mulatiyana Mr. S. Attanayake 48 115.2 49,689 1 192 61 - 48,645 427
Pasgoda Pasgoda -- 43 148.2 57,224 2 347 1,289 7 59,285 404
Pitabeddara Pitabeddara Mr. K.G. Dharmathilaka 40 141.5 47,149 24 2,086 1,555 13 52,081 372
Thihagoda Thihagoda Mr. H.A.D. Amarabandu 40 45.2 33,168 8 16 - 10 32,640 730
Weligama Weligama Mrs. M. Liyanaarachchi 48 44.0 64,927 7,366 159 26 33 70,180 1,120
Welipitiya Welipitiya Mr. K.P.G. Sumith Shantha 38 64.4 45,122 6,339 60 22 72 48,756 1,102
Total 650 1,282.5 757,046 23,635 5,060 17,937 321 803,999 638

Major cities[edit]

Other towns[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Matara District's population was 803,999 in 2012.[5] The majority of the population are Sinhalese, with a minority Sri Lankan Moor and Indian Tamil population.

Ethnicity[edit]

Population of Matara District by ethnic group[5]
Year Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan Tamil Indian Tamil Other Total
No.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
2012 Census 757,046 94.16% 23,635 2.94% 5,060 0.63% 17,937 2.23% 321 0.04% 803,999

Religion[edit]

Population of Colombo District by religion[6]
Year Buddhist Muslim Christian[a] Hindu Other Total
No.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
2012 Census 756,098 94.0% 18,908 2.35% 25,982 3.23% 2,901 0.36% 110 0.01% 803,999

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Roman Catholic and Other Christian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district". Statistical Abstract 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ a b c "Grama Niladhari Divisions". Matara District Secretariat. 
  3. ^ "Land area by province, district and divisional secretariat division". Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ "A6 : Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ a b "A2 : Population by ethnic group according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. 
  6. ^ "A3 : Population by religion according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. 

External links[edit]

  • Kaut, Christoph; International Labour Office (2007). Matara district book : facts & figures and economic development. International Labour Office. ISBN 978-92-2-120189-2.