Southern Province, Sri Lanka

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Southern Province
දකුණු පළාත
தென் மாகாணம்
Flag of Southern Province
Location within Sri Lanka
Location within Sri Lanka
Country  Sri Lanka
Created 1833
Admitted 14 November 1987
Capital Galle
Largest City Galle
 • Governor Kumari Balasuriya
 • Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal De Silva
 • Total 5,444 km2 (2,102 sq mi)
Area rank 7th (8.46% of total area)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 2,464,732
 • Rank 3rd (12.18% of total pop.)
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Gross Regional Product (2010)[1]
 • Total Rs 492 billion
 • Rank 3rd (10.2% of total)
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
Official Languages Sinhala, Tamil

The Southern Province (Sinhala: දකුණු පළාත Dakunu Palata, Tamil: தென் மாகாணம் Thaen Maakaanam) of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region. Government School education is primarily handled by the Southern Provincial Education Department.


Districts of Southern province

Southern province is divided into 3 districts:

Major Cities[edit]

Galle, a major city in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka

Suburbs of Galle[edit]

Big Towns[edit]

Other Towns[edit]

Aerial view of the Hambantota District


Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks. Ussangoda in Ambalantota is a panoramic view of the beach and the sea, and the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.

The Southern Province was seriously affected by the Tsunami in 2004. The province is going through a rebuilding process.

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Coordinates: 6°10′N 80°45′E / 6.167°N 80.750°E / 6.167; 80.750