North Western Province, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
North Western Province consists of the districts of Kurunegala and Puttalam. The capital of the province is Kurunegala which has a population of 28,571. It is the capital city of the North Western Province and the Kurunegala District. It is located 116 km from Colombo and 60 km from Kandy. It was an ancient royal capital for 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the beginning of the 14th century. It is surrounded by vast coconut plantations and neatly placed rubber estates. The city holds many temples, monuments and monasteries that are left from the ancient days. The city was once home to the four ancient kingdoms such as Panduwasnuwara, Kurunegala, Yapauwa and Dambadeniya. There is a lake in the middle of the city and huge rocks in the background. The largest of these rocks is the dark rock, Etagala or known as ‘Elephant Rock’ of about 325 m, having a sitting Buddha statue on top of it. The city features a tropical rainforest climate and the city is tropical and hot throughout the year. Therefore, it can be visited anytime. The other main town in the area is Puttalam which is a large town in Puttalam District, North Western Province. Puttalam is the administrative capital of the Puttalam District and it is governed by an Urban Council. The city is located 130 km from Colombo. The city’s major incomes are energy production, salt, coconut production and fishing. The city is known for its tourist destinations such as Wilpattu National Park, Kalpitiya, virgin beaches, natural resources, dolphin watch and many more.