Map of Sri Lanka with Kegalle District highlighted
|• District Secretary||Thusitha P. Wanigasinghe|
|• Total||1,693 km2 (654 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,685 km2 (651 sq mi)|
|• Water||8 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|• 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. 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. It was a former Dissavani of Sri Lanka.
It covers an area of 1,693 km². The district has a population of 837,179 according to 2012 Census, which is approximately 4.0% of the total population of Sri Lanka.
The District of Kegalle is situated in between the central highlands and western southern plains and has an enchanting environment. The height of the western region is 50 m (160 ft) above sea level while the eastern region exceeds 1,800 m (5,900 ft). Rubber cultivation has stretched over most of the area of the District and minor export crops from the district include coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg. 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).
- Kegalle (Urban Council)
|No. of Families||296,348|
Ethnic distribution (2001 census)
|Sri Lankan Tamil||14,908||1.90%|
|Sri Lankan Moors||50,419||6.42%|
Religious groups (2001 census)
Situated between coastal lowlands and central highlands district has a contrasting landscape.
Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala attracts thousands of tourists daily.
- "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics. 2010. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
- "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.
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