What is the Capital of Sri Lanka?

By Sakshi Yadav|Updated : July 29th, 2022

There are two capitals of Sri Lanka i.e Colombo and Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. The reason behind two capitals is that it enables the government to counter rapid urbanization and provide better infrastructure facilities. The current capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Colombo is the commercial center and Sri Jayawardenepura is the administration center of Sri Lanka. 

History Of Sri Lanka

Historically Sri Lanka is known as Ceylon, which is an island nation in South Asia. Its official name is the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. It is located in the Indian Ocean, southeast of the Arabian Sea and southwest of the Bay of Bengal. The Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait divide it from the Indian subcontinent.

Geography Of Sri Lanka

India and the Maldives have a maritime boundary with Sri Lanka. Both, its largest city Colombo, and its legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte are located in Sri Lanka. A multicultural state with a population of about 22 million (as of 2020), Sri Lanka is home to many different cultures, languages, and ethnic groups. The majority of people in the country are Sinhalese. The Tamils, are a sizable minority community here. Government buildings and houses are located in the urban area of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. The parliament house and other legislative structures are housed on a small island in Lake Diyawant. The city includes one of Sri Lanka's top universities, the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Vidyodaya Pirivena, a Buddhist study center, was the institution's initial name when it was established in 1873.


What is the Capital of Sri Lanka?

Sri Jayawardenepura is the administrative capital of Sri Lanka, and more government institutions continue to be relocated to the city from Colombo.

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