History of Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port

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Situated in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, the district of Hambantota occupies an area of 2609 km2 in size around 4% of the country’s 65610km2 of total area. Major inland bodies of water cover just over 113km2 of the district area. At its widest, the district extends 106km from Ritigala on the west,to Kumana on the East. From Higurakanda, the furthest North, to Welladdorgaoda, the furthest South, the distance is 39kms.This makes Hambantota the 12th largest of the 25 administrative district of Sri Lanka, with allow density of population..

The areas clustering Hambantota is rich in natural flora and fauna,with three major Nations parks(NP) located in the district viz ;Yala NP (97,880ha),Bundala NP (6,216ha),and Lunugamwehera NP (23,498ha).Additionally ,there are some bird and Animal sanctuaries located within the district-viz weerawila (4,164ha), Ridiyagama (4273ha), pallemalala (13.7ha), Kalamatiya (2,525ha), Nimalawa (1,065ha)and Madunagala (995 ha). During the times of yore ,a port known as ‘Godawaya’ did exit on the SoutheastCoast of Sri Lanka, at the mouth of the ‘Wananadi’ river (the present Walawe).Historical evidence suggests that it served as the principal port in the area throughout ancient Sri Lankan history up to the 2nd century. scandium, certain oral traditions prevail among the present inhabitants in the region; King Gajabahu ,who invaded the ‘Chola’ kingdom and brought back the Sinhalese who had been taken away and imprisoned to have landed at this port on his return to the island.

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Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. The chief crop is rice with which the country is almost self sufficient. Tea, rubber and coconut are also important agricultural crops, with tea being a major foreign exchange earner. In addition, other crops of importance are cocoa and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Fruit and vegetables, native to both tropical and temperate regions, grow well in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is also a major exporter of precious and semi-precious stones.

Within the last few years remittances from Sri Lankans employed abroad have contributed a large share towards foreign exchange. The last three decades have seen tourism emerge as an important industry. There has also been a rapid growth in manufacturing industries which offer a wide range of export goods such as petroleum products, leather goods, ready made garments and electronic equipment.

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