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කොළඹ
கொழும்பு
Metropolis
Coordinates: 6°56′04″N 79°50′34″E / 6.93444°N 79.84278°E / 6.93444; 79.84278Coordinates: 6°56′04″N 79°50′34″E / 6.93444°N 79.84278°E / 6.93444; 79.84278
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictColombo District
Government
 • Municipal CouncilColombo Municipal Council
 • HeadquartersTown Hall
 • MayorRosy Senanayake (UNP)
Area
 • Commercial Capital37.31 km2 (14.41 sq mi)
Elevation
1 m (3 ft)
Population
 (2011[2])
 • Commercial Capital752,993
 • Density20,182/km2 (52,270/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,323,826 (area size 699 sq km)[1]
 • Metro
5,648,000 (area size 3,684 sq km)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (SLST)
Postal code
0xxxx
Websitecolombo.mc.gov.lk
Hindu temple, Colombo

Colombo (Sinhala: කොළඹ; Tamil: கொழும்பு) is the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is the city which is economically most important to the country. It has 642,163 people. It is on the west coast close to the capital city of Kotte.

The name Colombo is borrowed from Sinhala language name Kola-amba-thota which means "harbor with leafy mango trees". Traveller Ibn Batuta in the 14th century referred to it as Kalanpu.

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References

  1. Britannica World Data. Encyclopedia Britannica. 2014. p. 726. ISBN 978-1-62513-171-3 . https://books.google.com/?id=LccRAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA726. 
  2. "A6 : Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. http://www.statistics.gov.lk/PopHouSat/CPH2011/index.php?fileName=pop32&gp=Activities&tpl=3.