Country:

Sri Lanka

Province / State: Western
District: Colombo

Number of People Groups

138

Unreached People Groups

55

Total Population

2,481,000

Buddhist

70.1 %

Christian

9.8 %

Hindu

8.3 %

Muslim

11.8 %

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 40 Telugu 40 - - - - -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 400 Tamil 300 - - 100 - -
 Agamudaiyan unspecified 700 Tamil 500 - - 200 - -
Ahinkuntaya 6,900 Sinhala - - 6,400 500 - -
 Ambalavasi 500 Tamil 400 - - 200 - -
Ambattan 2,400 Tamil 1,800 - - 600 - -
 Ansari 100 Urdu - 100 - - - -
 Arab 700 Arabic, Mesopotamian - 700 - - - -
Badahala 13,000 Sinhala - - 12,000 1,200 - -
 Bania Chetti 1,400 Tamil 1,400 - - - - -
 Bania unspecified 1,400 Tamil 1,400 - - - - -
 Batgama 8,600 Sinhala - - 7,800 800 - -
 Bengali Muslim Moghal 200 Urdu - 200 - - - -
Berava 42,000 Sinhala - - 39,000 2,600 - -
Bharathar (Christian traditions) 600 Tamil - - - 600 - -
 Bharathar (Hindu traditions) 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
Bintanna 700 Sinhala - - 700 - - -
Bodhivansha 1,800 Sinhala - - 1,700 100 - -
 Bohra 500 Gujarati - 500 - - - -
 Boya 800 Tamil 600 - - 200 - -
Brahmin Indian Tamil 1,100 Tamil 1,100 - - 40 - -
 Brahmin unspecified 9,300 Tamil 9,200 - - 100 - -
 Burgher 21,000 Sinhala - - 1,800 18,000 - 1,400
Chakkiliyan (Christian traditions) 400 Tamil - - - 400 - -
 Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) 1,300 Tamil 1,300 - - - - -
 Christian 5,100 Language unknown - - - 5,100 - -
Demala Gattara 2,000 Sinhala - - 1,900 50 - -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
 Divehi 1,200 Maldivian - 1,200 - - - -
Dodda-Weddah 7,400 Sinhala - - 6,800 500 - -
Durava 163,000 Sinhala - - 154,000 9,100 - -
Gahala 300 Sinhala - - 300 20 - -
Gattara 84,000 Sinhala - - 78,000 5,800 - -
Gauraykwallu 800 Sinhala - - 700 50 - -
 Goanese 800 Konkani - - - 800 - -
 Govigama 62,000 Sinhala - - 55,000 7,600 - -
Govigama Patti 3,300 Sinhala - - 3,000 300 - -
Govigama Radala 3,300 Sinhala - - 3,000 300 - -
 Hajam 500 Tamil - 500 - - - -
 Hakki Pikki 90 Telugu 90 - - - - -
Hannali 39,000 Sinhala - - 35,000 4,400 - -
Hanomoreyo 50 Sinhala - - 50 - - -
Henawalayo 700 Sinhala - - 700 50 - -
Hinna 29,000 Sinhala - - 26,000 3,000 - -
Hunna 11,000 Sinhala - - 9,800 1,200 - -
Idayan 500 Tamil 300 - - 100 - -
 Ilavan 2,500 Tamil 2,500 - - - - -
Ilavan Christian 900 Tamil - - - 900 - -
Indian Tamil 300 Tamil 80 - - 300 - -
 Japanese 500 Japanese - - 400 30 - 100
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 200 Punjabi, Eastern 200 - - - - -
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 200 Punjabi, Western - 200 - - - -
 Javanese 2,000 Javanese - 2,000 - - - -
 Kaikolan 2,900 Tamil 2,100 - - 800 - -
 Kallan 600 Tamil 500 - - 200 - -
 Kapu 70 Telugu 70 - - - - -
Karaiyar 12,000 Tamil 9,400 - - 2,400 - -
Karava 306,000 Sinhala - - 276,000 30,000 - -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 200 Tamil 100 - - 30 - -
Kiddea 2,000 Sinhala - - 1,700 200 - -
Koviar 5,400 Tamil 4,500 - - 900 - -
 Kumhar (Kusavar) (Hindu traditions) 400 Tamil 300 - - 80 - -
 Kuravan (Hindu traditions) 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
Kustarogiyo 1,800 Sinhala - - 1,700 100 - -
 Malay, Javar 13,000 Sri Lankan Malay Creole - 13,000 - - - -
Malayan, caste 200 Malayalam 200 - - - - -
 Mappila 800 Malayalam - 800 - - - -
Marakkalage 4,700 Tamil - 4,700 - - - -
 Maravan 3,700 Tamil 2,800 - - 900 - -
Maravar 8,800 Tamil 7,200 - - 1,600 - -
 Mauritian 1,200 Morisyen 500 - - 700 - -
 Memon 400 Gujarati - 400 - - - -
Mukkuvar 5,500 Tamil 4,500 - - 1,000 - -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 1,900 Tamil - - - 1,900 - -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 3,100 Tamil 3,100 - - - - -
 Nair 200 Tamil 200 - - - - -
Nalavar 4,800 Tamil 3,900 - - 900 - -
Navait 1,700 Tamil - 1,700 - - - -
Navandanna 131,000 Sinhala - - 117,000 14,000 - -
 Navithan 1,000 Tamil 700 - - 200 - -
Oli 3,600 Sinhala - - 3,400 300 - -
Osta (Nasuva) 2,900 Tamil - 2,900 - - - -
Palla 1,300 Tamil 1,000 - - 200 - -
Pallan (Christian traditions) 500 Tamil - - - 500 - -
 Pallan (Hindu traditions) 1,800 Tamil 1,800 - - - - -
Pallar 10,000 Tamil 8,100 - - 1,900 - -
Palliwilli 100 Tamil 100 - - 20 - -
Pamunu 3,700 Sinhala - - 3,500 200 - -
 Panan 200 Tamil 200 - - 50 - -
Panna 500 Tamil 400 - - 100 - -
Pannikki 27,000 Sinhala - - 25,000 2,000 - -
Paraiyan (Christian traditions) 800 Tamil - - - 800 - -
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 2,800 Tamil 2,800 - - - - -
Paraiyar 7,400 Tamil 5,200 - 1,100 1,100 - -
 Paravan (Hindu traditions) 100 Tamil 100 - - - - -
 Pashtun, Pathan 4,000 Tamil - 4,000 - - - -
Pidayne Danno 1,000 Sinhala - - 1,000 - - -
Porowakara 6,200 Sinhala - - 5,700 500 - -
 Primanar 8,100 Tamil 8,100 - - - - -
 Pulayan 300 Tamil 200 - - 50 - -
Radava 44,000 Sinhala - - 40,000 4,000 - -
Rajaka 17,000 Sinhala - - 16,000 1,700 - -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 200 Hindi 200 - - - - -
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 200 Punjabi, Western - 200 - - - -
Rodiya 200 Sinhala - - 200 - - -
Salagama 70,000 Sinhala - - 63,000 7,200 - -
 Sali, Seriyar 100 Tamil 100 - - 20 - -
 Samban 70 Tamil 60 - - - - -
 Sayyid 3,400 Tamil - 3,400 - - - -
Semman 70 Tamil 60 - - - - -
 Shaikh 12,000 Tamil - 12,000 - - - -
Silpi 100 Tamil 100 - - 20 - -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 100 Sindhi - 100 - - - -
Sinhalese 4,100 Sinhala - - 3,300 800 - -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 100 Tamil 100 - - - - -
Sri Lanka Chetti 1,300 Tamil 1,300 - - - - -
 Sri Lanka Moor 139,000 Tamil - 139,000 - - - -
 Sri Lankan Tamil 1,000 Tamil 400 - - 600 - -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 104,000 Tamil - 104,000 - - - -
Tattar 400 Tamil 400 - - 70 - -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 200 Tamil 100 - - 40 - -
Thacher 200 Tamil 200 - - 30 - -
Thanakavar 100 Tamil 70 - - 20 - -
Thimilar 1,900 Tamil 1,600 - - 300 - -
 Valluvan 100 Tamil 100 - - 20 - -
Vaniyan 900 Tamil 700 - - 200 - -
Vannan (Christian traditions) 200 Tamil - - - 200 - -
 Vannan (Hindu traditions) 700 Tamil 700 - - - - -
Vannar 800 Tamil 600 - - 200 - -
 Vanniyan 1,200 Tamil 900 - - 200 - -
Vanniyar 4,300 Tamil 3,500 - - 800 - -
 Vellalan 1,300 Tamil 900 - - 300 - -
Vellalar 122,000 Tamil 103,000 - - 19,000 - -
Vettar 90 Tamil 90 - - - - -
 Viswakarma 400 Tamil 400 - - 50 - -
 Wahumpura 813,000 Sinhala - - 734,000 79,000 - -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 300 Tamil 200 - - 30 - -
Yamannu 3,600 Sinhala - - 3,400 300 - -
  Totals:  138 2,481,000   55 205,000 292,000 1,739,000 244,000 0 1,600
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