Population of Cities in Sri Lanka (2018)

0
Over 1 Million
12
100,000 to 1 Million
48
10,000 to 100,000
  • Colombo
  • Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Galkissa
  • Moratuwa
  • Jaffna
  • Negombo
  • Pita Kotte
  • Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
  • Kandy
  • Trincomalee
  • Kalmunai
  • Galle
  • Point Pedro
  • Batticaloa
  • Katunayaka
  • Valvedditturai
  • Matara
  • Battaramulla South
  • Dambulla
  • Maharagama
  • Kotikawatta
  • Anuradhapura
  • Vavuniya
  • Kolonnawa
  • Hendala
  • Ratnapura
  • Badulla
  • Puttalam
  • Welisara
  • Kalutara
  • Bentota
  • Matale
  • Homagama
  • Beruwala
  • Panadura
  • Mulleriyawa
  • Kandana
  • Ja Ela
  • Wattala
  • Peliyagoda
  • Kelaniya
  • Kurunegala
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Gampola
  • Chilaw
  • Eravur Town
  • Hanwella Ihala
  • Weligama
  • Vakarai

The island nation of Sri Lanka lies off the south coast of India in the Indian Ocean. It has a diverse landscape that features rainforests, beaches, highlands and plains, as well as many ancient Buddhist ruins. The country's recent history has been turbulent due to a civil war lasting thirty years. However, the war officially ended in 2009. Sri Lanka has two capital cities: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the administrative capital, and Colombo, the economic capital and largest city. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte has a relatively small population of 115,826, but it lies within the urban area of Colombo, meaning its metropolitan population is much larger at 2,234,289.

The city of Colombo is the financial and cultural center of Sri Lanka, and has a population of 752,993 residents. Colombo was also the legislative capital of Sri Lanka until 1982, when this function was transferred to nearby Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Colombo is an ancient trading city due to its harbor and strategic location along the East-West sea trade routes. Today, the city features a combination of colonial-era and modern buildings, as well as ruins. Further ancient ruins can be found in the city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site located around 200 kilometers north of Colombo. Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka's ancient capital and has well-preserved ruins dating back more than 2,000 years. Today the city has a population of just over 50,000 residents.

Sri Lanka has 0 cities with more than a million people, 12 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 48 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Sri Lanka is Colombo, with a population of 648,034 people.

Colombo

Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes.

648,034

Mount Lavinia

The Mount Lavinia area is mainly a residential suburb known as Colombo's beach retreat, and it is known for its 'Golden Mile' of beaches.

219,827

Galkissa

Galkissa is the second largest municipality in Sri Lanka, with a population of almost 250,000 residents.

215,941

Moratuwa

Industries in Moratuwa include the manufacture of furniture, rubber products, batteries, transformers and wood handicrafts.

185,031

Jaffna

In colonial times, clothing and items of gold and silver were produced in Jaffa.

169,102

Negombo

Negombo is known for its centuries old fishing industry.

137,223

Pita Kotte

Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (commonly known as Kotte) is the official capital of Sri Lanka.

118,179

Name 2018 Population Location
Colombo648,034Map
Mount Lavinia219,827Map
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia219,827Map
Galkissa215,941Map
Moratuwa185,031Map
Jaffna169,102Map
Negombo137,223Map
Pita Kotte118,179Map
Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte115,826Map
Kandy111,701Map
Trincomalee108,420Map
Kalmunai100,171Map
Galle93,118Map
Point Pedro89,810Map
Batticaloa86,742Map
Katunayaka84,643Map
Valvedditturai78,205Map
Matara76,254Map
Battaramulla South75,633Map
Dambulla66,716Map
Maharagama66,576Map
Kotikawatta64,565Map
Anuradhapura60,943Map
Vavuniya60,176Map
Kolonnawa58,076Map
Hendala56,978Map
Ratnapura47,832Map
Badulla47,587Map
Puttalam45,661Map
Welisara41,306Map
Kalutara38,000Map
Bentota37,000Map
Matale36,462Map
Homagama34,664Map
Beruwala34,250Map
Panadura33,735Map
Mulleriyawa33,540Map
Kandana33,424Map
Ja Ela32,175Map
Wattala30,725Map
Peliyagoda30,717Map
Kelaniya28,846Map
Kurunegala28,571Map
Nuwara Eliya25,775Map
Gampola24,730Map
Chilaw24,712Map
Eravur Town22,982Map
Hanwella Ihala22,918Map
Weligama22,179Map
Vakarai21,000Map
Kataragama20,935Map
Ambalangoda20,133Map
Shanjeev Home20,000Map
Ampara18,348Map
Kegalle17,962Map
Hatton15,073Map
Polonnaruwa13,900Map
Kilinochchi13,006Map
Tangalla10,497Map
Monaragala10,236Map
Gampaha9,350Map
Horana South8,982Map
Wattegama8,000Map
Minuwangoda7,772Map
Horawala Junction7,500Map
Kuliyapitiya6,877Map