Nuwara Eliya District

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This article is about the district in Sri Lanka. For the town, see Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya District
நுவரேலியா மாவட்டம்
නුවරඑළිය දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
Administrative District
Map of Sri Lanka with Nuwara Eliya District highlighted
Map of Sri Lanka with Nuwara Eliya District highlighted
Coordinates: 7°00′N 80°45′E / 7.000°N 80.750°E / 7.000; 80.750Coordinates: 7°00′N 80°45′E / 7.000°N 80.750°E / 7.000; 80.750
Country Sri Lanka
Province Central Province
Largest Town Nuwara Eliya
 • District Secretary D. P. G. kumarasiri
 • Local
 • Total 1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
 • Land 1,706 km2 (659 sq mi)
 • Water 35 km2 (14 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 731,415
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code LK-23

Nuwara Eliya District (Tamil: நுவரேலியா மாவட்டம், Sinhalese: නුවරඑළිය දිස්ත්‍රික්කය) is a district in Central Province, Sri Lanka, centered on the tourist city of Nuwara Eliya.


Ethnic groups
Indian Tamil 355,830 (50.57%)
Sinhalese 282,621 (40.17%)
Sri Lankan Tamil 46,066 (6.55%)
Sri Lankan Moor 16,555 (2.35%)
Burgher 632 (0.09%)
Sri Lankan Malay 1,059 (0.15%)
Other 847 (0.12%)
Hinduism 359,135 (51.04%)
Buddhism 279,139 (39.67%)
Islam 19,099 (2.71%)
Roman Catholic 35,008 (4.98%)
Other Christian 10,741 (1.53%)
Other 488 (0.07%)

The population according to 2001 census is 703,610 of which 50.61% Tamils of Indian origin, 40.2% are Sinhalese, 6.5% native Sri Lankan Tamils and 2.4% Sri Lankan Moors. In terms of religion,51.0% of the population are Hindu, 39.7.0 % Buddhists, 5% Roman Catholics, 2.7% Muslims and 1.5% belong to non-catholic Christian denominations.[1]


Marker on the A5 highway in Nuwara Eliya, horse and Race Course in the background

Nuwara Eliya district is located in the hill country of Central Province. The terrain is generally mountainous, with deep valleys.




Poramadulla Central College is located in the Rikillagaskada community in Hanguranketha.[2]


  1. ^ Department of Census and Statistics official government website
  2. ^ S.M. Jiffrey Abdeen (March 10, 2012), Poramadulla CC makes progress despite difficulties, Daily News (Sri Lanka), retrieved December 7, 2013  (Archive)

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