About Sri Lanka

Travel to Sri Lanka and make your dream Holiday come true! Holiday in Sri Lanka is ideal if you're looking forward to have fun, enjoy the sunshine and frolic in white sandy beaches. If you want to do bird watching, see wildlife paying a visit to Ceylon will be a holiday you'll never forget. If you want to try out eco-tourism, Sri Lanka is a marvelous place to spend your vacation. Sri Lanka is one place where you could be in harmony with nature like in no other place. By spending your holiday in Sri Lanka you'll get so much of entertainment.

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant. Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  Within a mere area of  65,610 kilometers lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometers of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

Country Name

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Area

65,525 sq km

Capital

Columbo

Population

Approximate 21 million

Life expectancy at birth

74 female, 64 male

Literacy rate

91.8%

Religion

Buddhism 70 per cent; Hinduism, 16 per cent; Christianity, 7 per cent; Islam 7 per cent

Industries

Processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, and other agricultural commodities; petroleum refining, textiles, tobacco, clothing, cement

Agricultural Products

Rice, grains, pulses, sugarcane, oilseed, roots, hides, meat, .spices, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs,

Sri Lanka is a small miracle partly due to the compact physical diversity of this pearl-shaped island - but, as we shall see, this diversity extends to virtually every aspect of life. Fringed by variously-shaped sublime beaches, from straight expanse to rocky cove, the island possesses a coastal plain containing a host of geographic features such as lagoons, wetlands, rivers and various types of wildlife-rich jungle. The plain ends in the central area where the land starts to ascend into mist-shrouded mountains, covered in forests of wind-stunted trees (in fact there are seven different types of forest in Sri Lanka), plains known as patanas, and rolling tea plantations. In addition, the Hillsides are invariably punctuated by dramatic waterfalls. For its size Sri Lanka has perhaps the largest number of waterfalls of any country.

Island of Sri Lanka is located between six and ten degrees north of equator. Obviously the average temperature is quite high. Average temperature in Sri Lanka fluctuates between 27° and 29° Celsius. As everywhere, sea-winds exert a moderating influence. Temperatures in the central mountain region are lower than normal. Nuwara Eliya, a mountain resort town, frosts on some nights in December and January. As for humidity it is till 90% at night and 70% during the night.

There are four rainy periods in Sri Lanka weather. From May to September is Southwest monsoon rain. Inter-monsoon showers come in October and November, northeast monsoon rains from December till February. Again inter-monsoon rain is from March  to April. For a beach holiday on the southwest coast, you must go from November until April. If you plan to visit east coast, you must visit during March to September.

With over 1,600km of coast, Sri Lanka is an ideal location for wind-surfing, water-skiing, surfing, scuba-diving (including wreck-diving), snorkeling, speed-boating and banana-boating. Prime water-sports sites are located in the Negombo region on the west coast, Wadduwa, Kalutara and Beruwela on the south-western coast, and Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Koggala, Tangalle and Hambantota on the southern and south-eastern coasts. Water-sports providers are run by local and foreign professionals (including PADI-qualified instructors) and rent state-of-the-art equipment.

Sri Lanka possesses a high degree of biodiversity. Indeed the island (together with the Western Ghats of India) has been identified by Conservation International as one of 34 world biodiversity hot spots. In addition, The Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s remarkable is the high proportion of endemic species. A safari in one of the 14 national parks offers the chance to see some of Sri Lanka’s 91 mammals (16 endemic) - elephant, leopard, sloth bear, spotted deer, hog, mouse- and barking-deer, wild boar, porcupine, ant-eater, civet cat, Loris, giant squirrel, and monkeys such as the macaque, purple-faced leaf monkey .

The island is an ornithologist’s paradise, with over 233 resident species, (33 endemic) - but migratory species stretch the number to an astounding 482. There are 171 reptiles (101 endemic including two crocodile species). Thankfully, only five of the 83 snake species are lethal. In recent years there has been a surge in the discovery of amphibians, so that by the time you read this, the figure of 106 (90 endemic), will no doubt have risen.

Sri Lanka has always been a place that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and Spirit. And for thousands of years, the most popular method used to restore and rejuvenate tired bodies and weary souls has been Ayurveda – the oldest and most holistic medical system available in the world.Sri Lanka has been a center of spiritual and physical healing for 2,000 years. Ayurveda programs consist of a range of herbal treatments and various types of baths and massages, together with cleansing and revitalization techniques such as yoga, meditation and special diets.Sri Lanka now has a number of spas, mainly on the west coast, which not only provide Ayurveda but also other Eastern and Western therapies, such as Thai massage, hydrotherapy, herbal baths, reflexology and beauty treatments. For those seeking spiritual nourishment, meditation courses are also available.

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