North West Zone
North Western zone of the country once had been popular for its kingdoms and the area is known for its coconut plantations. Ethnic majority is Sinhala Buddhists and there’s a percentage minority in Sri Lankan Tamils and Moors. The climate of Wayamba is tropical, with a marked dry season, and temperatures averaging between 30 °C in January to 34 °C in March. The South of the province is wetter, with almost 2000 mm of rainfall per year, but the North of the province is one of the driest regions in Sri Lanka, averaging less than 1100 mm of rain in parts. Area Total is 7,888 km2 (3,046 sq mi) and a population of 2,370,075 as of 2011 stats inhibits. The zone’s economy is based mainly on agriculture and that mostly is rice production and vegetable related agriculture. As with other agricultural based regions North West has got the fair share of lakes in which water is saved. The province is also popular for mineral Silica Sand, the best known silica sand deposits are found in the Marawila, Madampe and Nattandiya areas of the province. Also the largest deposits of Miocene limestone are found in the North Western coastal belt near Puttalam. The limestones are used for cement manufacturing. Other than such, the zone is also known for Graphite, Mica, limonite sand and also clay.