SRI LANKA

Sun, Sea and Sand

NUWERA-ELIYA

Explore the grand scenery of the hill country

THE MERLION

The national emblem of Singapore

SINGAPORE SKYLINE

Be amazed as Singapore’s skyline illuminates the city at night

Bali

The Island of a thousand temples

Bali

Bali beaches welcome visitors in search of paradise hosting a pristine complex of luxury hotels

Malaysia

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

Visit the sky bridge for an unforgettable view of Kuala Lumpur

  • Effet du soleil
  • Eden
  • Snail on the Corn
  • Flowers
  • Alone Beach
  • Sunrise Trees
  • Waterfall
  • Death Valley

Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is an island waiting to be discovered. Picture an island fringed with pristine beaches to lounge on and virgin forests teeming with adventure. Imagine mountains waiting to be conquered and caves to be explored. Visualize feeding baby elephants or even riding one, night safaris which sometimes bring you a hairsbreadth close to exotic animals. Enjoy the spicy cuisine that is sure to leave your taste buds tingling for more. Bask in the gracious hospitality and be pampered in exquisite luxury. Whatever you are hoping to get out of your holiday, this beautiful island is likely to be able to provide in abundance.

When you visit Sri Lanka, there are a number of things that will capture your fancy. It all depends on the type of holiday you are hoping to have. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Think white water rafting through a lush jungle, which is sure to get your blood pumping. Looking for something more relaxing? Picture lazing on a sun drenched beach, sipping Pina-coladas, after a refreshing dip in the welcoming waters of the Indian Ocean.

If you are looking for something more along the lines of culture take a walk into the past by exploring Sri Lanka’s rich and colorful heritage. Sri Lanka boasts of possessing seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, ranging from ancient ruins to stunning rock carvings. History is waiting to be discovered and you will almost feel like you have been transported to another time and place when you visit these historical treasures that are abound all over the island.

Sri Lanka is a tourists dream. You are greeted by smiling faces wherever you go, all eager to help or please you in whatever way they can. You are, in fact, spoilt for choice, as there is so much to do and so much to see. You may find one visit, or even one lifetime simply not enough to discover all the secrets this island holds. One thing is for sure though, once you visit Sri Lanka, you will want to return again, and again….

Facts


  • Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaGovernment
  • Type: republic
  • Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
  • Dimensions: 430km north to south, 225km east to west
  • Coastline: 1,340km
  • Area: 65,525km
  • Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
  • Independence: 4 February 1948
  • Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Commercial capital: Colombo
  • Administrative divisions: 9 provinces; Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.
  • Climate: Typically tropical, with anortheast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west
  • Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
  • Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
  • Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
  • National Flower: The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
  • National parks and nature reserves area: 8,000sq.km
  • Population: 21,128,773 (? Census)
  • Population growth rate: 1.3%
  • Population Density: 309 people per sq km
  • Life Expectancy at Birth74 female, 64 male
  • Literacy rate: Female 87.9 Male 92.5
  • Ethnic groups: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census)
  • Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
    Note: English (a link language commonly) is used in government and spoken competently by about 10% of the population
  • Religion: Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census)
  • Time zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time isfive and a half hours ahead of GMT. (Allowance should be made for summer-time changes in Europe.)
  • International dialing: +94

 

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