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Kegalle District

  Province Sabaragamuwa
  Total Area 1,693 km2
  Total Population 785,524
  Density 466/km2
Ethnicity Population % Of Total
Sinhalese 674,665 85.9%
Sri Lankan Tamils 14908 1.9%
Sri Lankan Moors 50,419 6.4%
Indian Tamils 44,202 5.6%
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 1330 0.2%
Total 785,524 100%

Kegalle is a town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is located on the Colombo - Kandy road. Its 48 miles/78 km away from Colombo and 24 Miles/40 km away from Kandy. It is the Capital City of the Kegalle District which is one of the two districts belonging to Sabaragamuwa province the other being Ratnapura District. According to the 2001 census Kegalle has a population of 86,581.

The town itself is located close to the centre of Sri Lanka and is located at the bottom of a steep rock face. The surrounding area produces graphite, precious stones and agricultural products such as rice. Kegalle has an agricultural based economy and mainly produces rubber. Nearby is the Pinnawala elephant orphanage which is a major tourist attraction.

A zoological garden is proposed near the existing elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. District of Kegalle, situated in between the central highlands and western southern planes and has an enchanting environment. Height of the western region is less than 500 feet from the sea level while eastern region exceeds 1000 feet. Rubber cultivation has stretched over most of the area of the District and minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg takes an important place in the economy of the District. Sri Lanka’s best graphite mine is situated at Bogala in Kegalle District. The extent of the District is 1692.8 km2 (169,280 in hectares).

Important Places

Caves Temple

Conservation site



Water Falls