Sri Lanka is a country that has a rich history of civilization, culture, religion and trade. It has a documented history that spans over 3000 years, but there are facts to suggest that Sri Lanka had pre-historic human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years. Its geographical location and deep harbours made it of great importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road.
Sri Lanka is well known for its smiling people with great hospitality. It's a diverse country and home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. It is the land of sinhalese, tamils, moors, burghers and malays. It's also home to the aborginal Vedda.
Culture & Religion
Sri Lanka has a rich history of culture and Buddhist heritage which dates back to over 2500 years. The ancient kingdoms such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Kandy dipicts the technology and sophistication, the country possessed in specially hydrailic engineering and architecture. The rich cultural traditions are the basis of the countrys long life expectancy, advance health standards and high literacy rate. Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival which is celebrated in April, is the main cultural event of the calendar. 'Esala Perahera' of the Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic is the most enchanting event consisting of traditional dances and decorated elephants.
Sri Lanka is an island country in the northern indian ocean off the south coast of indian subcontinent. Officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon until 1972. Its administrative capital is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, but Colombo is better known as the main city and the commercial hub. It's a small island having a total surface area of 65,610 square kilometres and a population of 20 million. The currency is Sri Lankan Rupee (SLR) which is around 120 US$. Sri Lankan time is five and half hours ahead of greenwichmeantime (GMT/ UTC). The vehicles have left drive orientation and the calling code is +94 before the number. Sri Lanka is well known for its tea, coffee, gemstones, cocunut, rubber and cinnamon.