Country:

Sri Lanka

State: Western
District: All

Number of People Groups

153

Unreached People Groups

65

Total Population

6,196,000

Buddhist

70.6 %

Christian

12.9 %

Hindu

4.9 %

Muslim

11.7 %

Sikh

0.0 %

Other Religions

0.1 %
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Photo People Group Population Primary Language Progress
Scale
Hindu Muslim Buddhist Christian Sikh Other
 Adi Andhra 80 Telugu 80 - - - - -
 Agamudaiyan 1,300 Tamil 900 - - 400 - -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 600 Tamil 500 - - 200 - -
Ahinkuntaya 19,000 Sinhala - - 16,000 2,500 - -
Ambalavasi 900 Tamil 700 - - 200 - -
Ambattan 3,300 Tamil 2,600 - - 800 - -
 Ansari 200 Urdu - 200 - - - -
 Arab 1,400 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken - 1,400 - - - -
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 100 Punjabi, Western - 100 - - - -
Arayan 40 Malayalam 40 - - - - -
Badahala 37,000 Sinhala - - 31,000 5,600 - -
 Baloch 400 Urdu - 400 - - - -
 Bania 6,000 Tamil 6,000 - - - - -
 Bania Chetti 5,600 Tamil 5,600 - - - - -
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 60 Hindi 60 - - - - -
Batgama 20,000 Sinhala - - 16,000 3,800 - -
Berava 113,000 Sinhala - - 99,000 14,000 - -
Bharathar (Christian traditions) 1,900 Tamil - - - 1,900 - -
Bharathar (Hindu traditions) 500 Tamil 500 - - - - -
Bintanna 2,100 Sinhala - - 1,800 300 - -
Bodhivansha 4,600 Sinhala - - 4,000 600 - -
 Bohra 700 Gujarati - 700 - - - -
 Boya 1,400 Tamil 1,100 - - 400 - -
 Brahmin 14,000 Tamil 14,000 - - 100 - -
Brahmin Indian Tamil 2,300 Tamil 2,300 - - 50 - -
 Burgher 37,000 Sinhala - - 2,600 33,000 - 2,700
Chakkiliyan (Christian traditions) 900 Tamil - - - 900 - -
 Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) 2,300 Tamil 2,300 - - - - -
 Chinese, general 700 Language unknown - - - - - -
 Christian 14,000 Language unknown - - - 14,000 - -
Demala Gattara 4,600 Sinhala - - 4,300 400 - -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 300 Tamil 300 - - - - -
Divehi 1,800 Maldivian - 1,700 - - - -
Dodda-Weddah 15,000 Sinhala - - 13,000 2,000 - -
Durava 407,000 Sinhala - - 356,000 53,000 - -
Gahala 300 Sinhala - - 300 20 - -
Gattara 232,000 Sinhala - - 202,000 30,000 - -
Gauraykwallu 3,000 Sinhala - - 2,700 300 - -
Goanese 1,600 Konkani - - - 1,600 - -
 Govigama 163,000 Sinhala - - 138,000 25,000 - -
Govigama Patti 8,300 Sinhala - - 7,400 900 - -
Govigama Radala 8,300 Sinhala - - 7,400 900 - -
 Hajam 1,200 Tamil - 1,200 - - - -
 Hakki Pikki 100 Telugu 100 - - - - -
Hannali 104,000 Sinhala - - 90,000 14,000 - -
Hanomoreyo 50 Sinhala - - 50 - - -
Henawalayo 2,900 Sinhala - - 2,700 300 - -
Hinna 75,000 Sinhala - - 65,000 9,700 - -
Hunna 28,000 Sinhala - - 25,000 3,600 - -
Idayan 1,000 Tamil 700 - - 300 - -
 Ilavan 6,400 Tamil 4,600 - - - - -
Ilavan Christian 1,800 Tamil - - - 1,800 - -
Indian Tamil 1,400 Tamil 200 - - 1,200 - -
 Japanese 900 Japanese - - 600 50 - 200
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 200 Punjabi, Eastern 200 - - - - -
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 400 Punjabi, Western - 400 - - - -
 Javanese 2,600 Javanese - 2,600 - - - -
 Kaikolan 5,500 Tamil 4,300 - - 1,200 - -
Kallan 1,300 Tamil 1,000 - - 300 - -
 Kapu 90 Telugu 90 - - - - -
Karaiyar 17,000 Tamil 13,000 - - 3,700 - -
Karava 489,000 Sinhala - - 450,000 40,000 - -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 300 Tamil 200 - - 50 - -
Kiddea 4,900 Sinhala - - 4,300 600 - -
Koviar 12,000 Tamil 9,400 - - 2,800 - -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 600 Tamil 500 - - 100 - -
Kuravan (Christian traditions) 100 Tamil - - - 100 - -
 Kuravan (Hindu traditions) 300 Tamil 300 - - - - -
Kustarogiyo 4,800 Sinhala - - 4,300 500 - -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 100 Hindi 100 - - - - -
Madari (Muslim traditions) 200 Urdu - 200 - - - -
 Mahishya 30 Bengali 30 - - - - -
 Malay, Javar 34,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay - 34,000 - - - -
 Malayali 20 Malayalam 20 - - - - -
Malayan, caste 200 Malayalam 200 - - - - -
 Mangala 100 Telugu 100 - - - - -
 Mappila 6,700 Malayalam - 6,700 - - - -
Marakkalage 6,400 Tamil - 6,400 - - - -
 Maravan 7,600 Tamil 5,600 - - 1,900 - -
Maravar 13,000 Tamil 10,000 - - 2,900 - -
Mauritian 1,700 Morisyen 700 - - 1,000 - -
 Memon 600 Gujarati - 600 - - - -
 Moghal 500 Urdu - 500 - - - -
Mukkuvar 8,300 Tamil 6,500 - - 1,800 - -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 2,300 Tamil - - - 2,300 - -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 3,700 Tamil 3,700 - - - - -
 Nair 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
Nalavar 7,100 Tamil 5,600 - - 1,500 - -
 Namassej (Hindu traditions) 50 Bengali 50 - - - - -
Navait 4,700 Tamil - 4,700 - - - -
Navandanna 354,000 Sinhala - - 301,000 53,000 - -
 Navithan 1,700 Tamil 1,300 - - 400 - -
Oli 9,100 Sinhala - - 8,200 900 - -
Osta (Nasuva) 3,500 Tamil - 3,500 - - - -
Palla 1,800 Tamil 1,500 - - 400 - -
Pallan (Christian traditions) 1,100 Tamil - - - 1,100 - -
 Pallan (Hindu traditions) 3,500 Tamil 3,500 - - - - -
Pallar 13,000 Tamil 10,000 - - 2,600 - -
Palliwilli 300 Tamil 200 - - 30 - -
Pamunu 9,400 Sinhala - - 8,400 1,000 - -
 Panar 400 Tamil 300 - - 100 - -
Panna 1,300 Tamil 1,000 - - 300 - -
Pannikki 74,000 Sinhala - - 65,000 9,400 - -
Paraiyan (Christian traditions) 2,100 Tamil - - - 2,100 - -
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 6,600 Tamil 6,600 - - - - -
Paraiyar 10,000 Tamil 7,300 - 1,500 1,200 - -
Paravan (Hindu traditions) 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
 Parsee 300 Gujarati - - - - - 300
 Pashtun, Pathan 9,600 Tamil - 9,600 - - - -
Pidayne Danno 2,700 Sinhala - - 2,600 200 - -
Porowakara 25,000 Sinhala - - 22,000 2,600 - -
Primanar 11,000 Tamil 11,000 - - - - -
 Pulayan 500 Tamil 400 - - 90 - -
Radava 120,000 Sinhala - - 104,000 16,000 - -
Rajaka 46,000 Sinhala - - 39,000 6,400 - -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 300 Hindi 300 - - - - -
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 500 Punjabi, Western - 500 - - - -
Rodiya 200 Sinhala - - 200 - - -
Salagama 189,000 Sinhala - - 162,000 27,000 - -
 Sali, Seriyar 300 Tamil 300 - - 60 - -
 Samban 100 Tamil 100 - - 20 - -
 Sayyid 10,000 Tamil - 10,000 - - - -
Semman, Sempadawar 100 Tamil 100 - - 20 - -
 Shaikh 44,000 Tamil - 44,000 - - - -
Silpi 300 Tamil 300 - - 50 - -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 500 Sindhi - 500 - - - -
Sinhalese 28,000 Sinhala - - 23,000 4,800 - -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 100 Tamil 100 - - - - -
Sri Lanka Chetti 5,500 Tamil 5,500 - - - - -
 Sri Lanka Moor 392,000 Tamil - 392,000 - - - 1,000
Sri Lankan Tamil 1,700 Tamil 600 - - 1,100 - -
 Syrian Christian 600 Malayalam - - - 600 - -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 201,000 Tamil - 201,000 - - - -
Tattar 700 Tamil 700 - - 70 - -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 500 Tamil 400 - - 90 - -
Thacher 300 Tamil 200 - - 30 - -
Thanakavar 200 Tamil 200 - - 40 - -
Thimilar 2,800 Tamil 2,300 - - 500 - -
 Valluvan 200 Tamil 200 - - 40 - -
Vaniyan 1,800 Tamil 1,300 - - 400 - -
Vannan (Christian traditions) 600 Tamil - - - 600 - -
 Vannan (Hindu traditions) 1,900 Tamil 1,900 - - - - -
Vannar 1,300 Tamil 1,100 - - 200 - -
 Vanniyan 3,100 Tamil 2,400 - - 700 - -
Vanniyar 6,600 Tamil 5,400 - - 1,300 - -
Velakkithalanayan 30 Malayalam 30 - - - - -
Vellalan 2,000 Tamil 1,500 - - 500 - -
Vellalar 159,000 Tamil 128,000 - - 31,000 - -
Vettar 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
 Viswakarma 500 Tamil 500 - - 80 - -
 Wahumpura 2,430,000 Sinhala - - 2,085,000 345,000 - -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 300 Tamil 300 - - 30 - -
Yamannu 7,900 Sinhala - - 6,800 1,100 - -
  Totals:  153 6,196,000   65 302,000 723,000 4,371,000 797,000 0 4,300
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