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Kurunegala District

  Province North west
  Total Area 4,816 km2
  Total Population 1,460,215
  Density 316/km2
Ethnicity Population % Of Total
Sinhalese 1,341,237 91.9%
Sri Lankan Tamils 17,585 1.2%
Sri Lankan Moors 94,544 6.5%
Indian Tamils 2,972 0.2%
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 3877 0.2%
Total 1,460,215 100.0%

Kurunegala is the capital of the Wayamba Province, Sri Lanka and the Kurunegala District. Kurunegala was also an ancient royal capital for 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the start of the 13th century. The town itself is a busy commercial and a transport hub. Kurunegala is located at the junction of several main roads linking to other important parts of the country. It is situated about 94 km from Colombo, and 42 km from Kandy.

Located at an altitude of 116 meters above sea level, Kurunegala is surrounded by coconut plantations and rubber estates. There are eight very noticeable large rocks that encircle and dominate the city. Kurunegala's rocks rise from the plain below and have characteristic names, six of which come from the animals that they are imagined to represent. The largest among them is Ethagala or the "Elephant Rock" (though the translation is actually Tusker), reaches 325 meters. The shape of Ethagala resembles an Elephant.

Important Places


Caves Temple



Water Falls