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Kuliyapitiya
කුලියාපිටිය
Town
Kuliyapitiya is located in Sri Lanka
Kuliyapitiya
Kuliyapitiya
Coordinates: 7°28′14″N 80°2′44″E / 7.47056°N 80.04556°E / 7.47056; 80.04556Coordinates: 7°28′14″N 80°2′44″E / 7.47056°N 80.04556°E / 7.47056; 80.04556
Country Sri Lanka
Province North Western Province
District Kurunegala District
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 6,850
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)

Kuliyapitiya is the second largest town in Kurunegala District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is 82 km from Colombo. Kuliyapitiya is home to the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Coconut and paddy cultivation are the main economic activities in this area. The town centre includes commerce and retail enterprises.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

The Kuliyapitiya bus station provides transport to and from other locations in Sri Lanka: Colombo, Jaffna, Gampola, Anuradhapura, Nuwaragala,Katharagama,Kalpitiya, Panduwasnuwara to Colombo via Kuliyapitiya, Kuliyapitiya to Puttlam via Nikaweratiya. Another bus services goes to Kurunegala, Negombo, Pannnala, Chilaw, Hettipola, Madampe, Bingiriya, Katupotha, Makandura.

Hospitals/Health[edit]

Education[edit]

Education is delivered free of charge to all students of national schools, according to the government policy. These schools operate under the Provincial Council. There are also privately owned schools.

Wayamba University is the thirteenth national university in Sri Lanka and is located in Kuliyapitiya. It was established in January 1999. Its main purpose is to offer totally english medium degrees, diplomas and certificate courses (internal and external) in areas such as agriculture, engineering and management.

Schools in the area[edit]


Sports (Shilpashalika)[edit]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2001 census data, the estimated population of Kuliyapitiya was 14,201.[4] The male population was 7,126 and the female population was 7075. Most of Kuliyapitiya residents belong to the Sinhalese majority. Other ethnic minorities include the Sri Lankan Moors, Sri Lankan Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Residents from ethnic minorities live in all parts of the city,

Following Table summarizes the population of Kuliyapitiya according to different ethnicities.

Ethnicity Population % of Total
Sinhalese 14201
Sri Lankan Moor
Sri Lankan Tamil
Malay
Indian Tamil
Burgher
Others including (Sri Lanka Chetty and Bharatha)

Climate[edit]

The climate in Kuliyapitiya is fairly temperate and tropical throughout the year. However, during April the temperature can rise to about 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). The only major change in the Kuliyapitiya weather occurs during the monsoons from May to August and October to January when heavy rains can be expected. In general, temperatures during late November to mid February period are lower than the rest of the year.

Climate data for Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.2
(95.4)
35.6
(96.1)
36.0
(96.8)
35.2
(95.4)
32.8
(91)
33.5
(92.3)
32.2
(90)
32.2
(90)
32.2
(90)
33.6
(92.5)
34.0
(93.2)
34.2
(93.6)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) 30.9
(87.6)
31.2
(88.2)
31.7
(89.1)
31.8
(89.2)
31.1
(88)
30.4
(86.7)
30.0
(86)
30.0
(86)
30.2
(86.4)
30.0
(86)
30.1
(86.2)
30.3
(86.5)
30.64
(87.16)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.6
(79.9)
26.9
(80.4)
27.7
(81.9)
28.2
(82.8)
28.3
(82.9)
27.9
(82.2)
27.6
(81.7)
27.6
(81.7)
27.5
(81.5)
27.0
(80.6)
26.7
(80.1)
26.6
(79.9)
27.38
(81.3)
Average low °C (°F) 22.3
(72.1)
22.6
(72.7)
23.7
(74.7)
24.6
(76.3)
25.5
(77.9)
25.5
(77.9)
25.2
(77.4)
25.1
(77.2)
24.8
(76.6)
24.0
(75.2)
23.2
(73.8)
22.8
(73)
24.11
(75.4)
Record low °C (°F) 16.4
(61.5)
18.9
(66)
17.7
(63.9)
21.2
(70.2)
20.7
(69.3)
21.4
(70.5)
21.4
(70.5)
21.6
(70.9)
21.2
(70.2)
21.0
(69.8)
18.6
(65.5)
18.1
(64.6)
16.4
(61.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 58.2
(2.291)
72.7
(2.862)
128.0
(5.039)
245.6
(9.669)
392.4
(15.449)
184.9
(7.28)
121.9
(4.799)
119.5
(4.705)
245.4
(9.661)
365.4
(14.386)
414.4
(16.315)
175.3
(6.902)
2,523.7
(99.358)
Average precipitation days 5 5 9 14 16 16 12 11 15 17 15 10 145
Average relative humidity (%) 69 69 71 75 78 79 78 77 78 78 76 73 75
Mean monthly sunshine hours 248.0 248.6 275.9 234.0 201.5 195.0 201.5 201.5 189.0 201.5 210.0 217.0 2,623.5
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization,[2] Hong Kong Observatory[3]
Source #2: NOAA[4]

Heritage[edit]

The main heritage sites around Kuliyapitiya are ancient Kebelawa (Buddhist) temple and dewala, Panduwanuwara temple and ancient city, Angomuwa ancient Buddhist temple. The Kebelawa temple is in one end of the Kuliyapitiya town, Paduwasnuwara ancient city is by Chilaw-Kuliyapitiya road close to Hettipola town. Dandagomuwa Ancient Temle is near Kuliyapitiya Town.

Economy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Gazetteer: Kuliyapitiya
  2. ^ "World Weather Information Service - Colombo". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Climatological Information for Colombo, Sri Lanka". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "COLOMBO Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
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