Puttalama is located 131km north of Colombo in the Western coast.
Puttalama can be reached by main Colombo-Puttalama (A3) motor road as well as by northern coastal railway line.
Puttalama lagoon, one of the largest lagoons in Sri Lanka, forms the Kalpitiya peninsula where a USD 4 billion mega tourist resort is being built.
Puttalama lagoon that spreads an area of 327 sq. km is home to mangroves, sea grasses and salt marshes. The lagoon makes way for prawn fishing and salt production. Prawn farming in the areas close to the lagoon is a major enterprise at Puttlama.
Puttalama district, region of the Coconut Triangle of Sri Lanka, also well known for its rice cultivation and main crops of cashew, onion, banana and mango.
Puttalama is ear-marked for a project of wind farms similar to the project at Ambewela, Sri Lanka.
The majority of the populace at Puttalama are Sri Lankan Muslims. The community of Kaffir therein at Puttalama are descendants of those brought to Sri Lanka from Africa by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
About Puttalam District
Puttalam is a town in Puttalam District,Sri Lanka. Situated at the apex of the Coconut triangle, Puttalam is the second largest Coconut producer of the country. And Tabbowa, a fertile land for agriculture records highest paddy production per acre.Puttalam is the main salt producer of the country. Holland fort at Kalpitiya, St. Anne's Church in Thalawila,Munneshwaram Kovil in Chilaw and Mohideen Jumma Mosque (known as Grand Mosque) in Puttalam underline the historical importance of this region.
About North Western Province
North Western Province is a province of Sri Lanka. The districts of Kurunegala and Puttalam formulate North Western or Wayamba. Its capital is Kurunegala, which has a population of 28,571. The province is known mainly for its numerous coconut plantations. Other main towns in this province are Chilaw (24,712) and Puttalam (45,661), which are both small fishing towns. The majority of the population of Wayamba province is of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a substantial Sri Lankan Moor minority around Puttalam and Sri Lankan Tamils in Udappu and Munneswaram. Fishing, prawn farming and rubber tree plantations are other prominent industries of the region. The province has an area of 7,888 km² and a population of 2,184,136 (2005 calculation).
Wayamba is the third largest paddy producing area in Sri Lanka .Wayamba has a highly developed agricultural economy, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, flowering plants, spices, oil-seeds in addition to the traditional plantation crops such as Coconut, Rubber and Rice. Rich soils and varied climate give Wayamba a potential for growing of virtually any crop.
In Wayamba or North western province, home for ancient Buddhist rock temples, magnificent citadels Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Kurunegala. Impressive remains of those citadels, palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries provide exciting sight seeing to the visitors.