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North Central Province is one of the nine provinces in Sri Lanka, and is located in the north-central part of the country, and its capital city is Anuradhapura
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North Central Province is one of the nine provinces in Sri Lanka, and is located in the north-central part of the country, and its capital city is Anuradhapura. The province has a population of over 1.7 million people and covers an area of 8,884 square kilometers. It borders Northern Province to the north, Eastern Province to the east, Uva Province to the south-east, North Western Province to the south-west and Sabaragamuwa Province to the west. The main economic activities in it can agriculture and tourism. Agriculture is mainly based on paddy cultivation with other crops such as maize, millet and pulses also being grown in some areas. Tourism has been growing steadily due to its many ancient ruins from Buddhist civilization that date back more than 2000 years ago as well as national parks such as Wilpattu National Park which are home to a variety of wildlife species including elephants, leopards and sloth bears. The province also has several important religious sites such as Mihintale which is believed by Buddhists to be where Buddhism was first introduced into Sri Lanka by Mahinda Thera (son of Emperor Ashoka). The province also contains several other important archaeological sites such as Anuradhapura which was once one of South Asia's most powerful cities during its heyday between 3rd century BC – 10th century AD.