Well known for its picturesque lagoon, a paradise for shallow sea
fishing activities, Puttalam lies on the North Western coastal belt.
Bordering the Kala Oya and Modara Gam Aru in the north, Anuradhpura and Kurunegala districts in the east, Ma Oya in the
south and the Indian Ocean in the west, Puttalam is home to people of every faith and race.
History of this dry zone district goes back to the arrival of North
Indian Prince Vijaya, 2500 years ago in Tammanna in the coastal belt above Puttalam.This happened when his vessel was
Thonigala the homeland of Kuweni is deep in the district.
Situated at the apex of the coconut triangle, Puttalam is the second largest coconut producer of the country. And Tabbowa,
a fertile land for agriculture records highest paddy production per acre. Holland fort at Kalpitiya, St. Anne's Church in
Thalawila and Munneshwaram Kovil in Chillaw underline the historical importance of this region.
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Situated 80 miles north from Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, Puttalam is a small but very populous town. Famous for salt
and fishing, Puttalam is the home to one of Sri Lanka's largest lagoons, also called Puttalam lagoon. Apart from salt and
fishing, the main income for the Puttalamians is from agriculture and trading. Many people own coconut estates in the areas
surrounding the town. The so called prawn farming is an exciting new investment opportunity for both people within and outside
The town has five or six large schools catering to the educational needs of the population of Puttalam and the surrounding
villages. Daily bus transport is available to major cities like Colombo, Kurunegala, Kandy and Anuradhapura. There is a train
service between Puttalam and Colombo. For individual transport within the city, people use bicycles and motorbikes. Very few
own cars. Three-wheeler and van taxi services are freely available. One state-operated hospital and many private clinics look
after the heath-related issues.
Soccer is the most popular sport in Puttalam. Many clubs play in local league and also take part in national level competitions.
Cricket and volleyball come next.
Although not known much historically like Kandy or Anuradhapura are or not home to beautiful scenic views like Nuwara-Eliya
is, Puttalam has everything a quintessential Sri Lankan town could offer.
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