Polonnaruwa District

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Polonnaruwa District

පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
பொலன்னறுவை மாவட்டம்
Lankatilaka Vihara
Map of Sri Lanka with Polonnaruwa District highlighted
Map of Sri Lanka with Polonnaruwa District highlighted
Coordinates: 8°00′N 81°00′E / 8.000°N 81.000°E / 8.000; 81.000Coordinates: 8°00′N 81°00′E / 8.000°N 81.000°E / 8.000; 81.000
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceNorth Central Province
Largest TownPolonnaruwa
DS Division[1]
Government
 • MPs
 • MPCs[2]
Area
 • Total3,293 km2 (1,271 sq mi)
 • Land3,077 km2 (1,188 sq mi)
 • Water216 km2 (83 sq mi)  6.55%
Area rank5th (5.01% of total area)
Population
(2012)[4]
 • Total403,335
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Sinhalese365,476 (90.6%)
 • Moors29,060 (7.2%)
 • Sri Lankan Tamil7,356 (1.8%)
 • Indian Tamil1,190 (0.3%)
 • Other253 (0.06%)
Religion
 • Buddhist361,920 (89.7%)
 • Muslim30,427 (7.5%)
 • Hindu6,835 (1.7%)
 • Christian4,090 (1.00%)
 • Other63 (0.01%)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
Post Codes
51000
Telephone Codes027
ISO 3166 codeLK-72
Vehicle registrationNC
Official LanguagesSinhala, Tamil

Polonnaruwa District (Sinhala: පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කය; Tamil: பொலன்னறுவை மாவட்டம்) is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. It is also one of the two districts of North Central Province and has an area of 3,293 km².[7]

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. The capital of the district is the city of Polonnaruwa.

Demographics[edit]

Ethnicity[edit]

The majority of the population are Sinhalese with a minority Sri Lankan Moor and Sri Lankan Tamil population.[8]

Ethnicity in Polonnaruwa District[9]
Population Percent
Sinhalese
90.6%
Sri Lankan Moor
7.2%
Sri Lankan Tamil
1.8%
Indian Tamils
0.3%

Religion[edit]

Religion in Polonnaruwa District (2011)[10]

  Buddhism (89.7%)
  Islam (7.5%)
  Hinduism (1.7%)
  Christianity (1.0%)
  Other (0.0%)

According to the 2011 census[10] 89.7% of the population were Buddhists, 7.5% Muslim, 1.7% Hindu and 1% Christian.

Education[edit]

Following are some of the schools in the Polonnaruwa District.

Towns[edit]

References[edit]