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Hambantota is a rural town in southeastern coastal area of Sri Lanka. It is also the capital of the Hambantota District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Approximately 240 kms from Colombo, Hambantota is in the midst of transformation into a strategic port and commercial centre, undergoing extensive infrastructure development. It has an area of 2,593 km² and a very dry climate. The district capital is Hambantota town; the administrative headquarters are located there as well as the center of salt production. Other prominent towns include Tangalle, Ambalantota, Tissa, Weeraketiya, Walasmulla, Middeniya, Suriyaweva, and Beliatta.

Flanked by sweeping sandy beaches, Hambantota is a convenient location from which to visit nearby sights.























  Land area    2,496 km²(964 sq mi)
  Inland water area   113 km² (44 sq mi)
  Total area   2,609 km² (1,007 sq mi)

 


 


 


Special Places in Hambantota




  • Bundala National Park

  • Wirawila Sanctuary

  • Ruhuna National Park

  • Kataragama Temple



History of Hambantota

Around the years of 1801 and 1803, the British built a Martello Tower on the tip of the rocky headland alongside the lighthouse overlooking the sea at Hambantota. #1# The builder was a Captain Goper, who built the tower on the site of an earlier Dutch earthen fort. The tower was restored in 1999, and in the past, formed part of an office of the Hambantota Kachcheri where the Land Registry branch was housed. Today it houses a fisheries museum.


Before modern development took place after the country gained independence in 1948, the agriculture in the district was characterised by swidden cultivation (chena or slash and burn), and to some extent paddy cultivation on non-irrigated land. In the highlands, kurakkan - a grain used to make an eatable paste - was cultivated along with other grains such as corn. Leonard Woolf's 'Village in the Jungle' provides a highly interesting and insightful account of the people, the land and issues of concern during the British Colonial period as he worked as an assistant government agent for Hambantota.

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