of this dry zone district goes back to the arrival of North
Indian Prince Vijaya, 2500 years ago in Tammanna in the
coastal belt above Puttalam. This happened when his vessel
was washed ashore. Thonigala the homeland of Kuweni is deep
in the district. The name "Puttalam" may be a modification
of "Buth-aram", i.e, a complex of villages donated by the
king to Buddhist temples.
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.
Holland fort at Kalpitiya, St. Anne's Church in Thalawila
and Munneshwaram Kovil in Chillaw underline the historical
importance of this region.
The Kaffrinha had a
community in this coastal district. They were brought to the
island of Ceylon by the Portuguese from African villages.
The Kaffir slaves settled here and their descendants speak