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About Sri Lanka
Location
Climate
Time
Language
Religion
Economy
Government
Demography
Foreign Currency Regulations
Custom Imports
Cultural Festivals & Events
Food and Drinks
Visa

Accommodation

Star Class Hotels

Sri Lanka is known to have some star class destination to stay and enjoy during your visit.

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Attractions

Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The ancient rock fortress and palace of Sigiriya,

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Activites

Canoeing and Kayaking

With many rivers and swamps to choose from, those interested in canoeing and kayaking can enjoy

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Tours

Sri lanka Tour Packages

Sri Lanka is well famous on Ayurveda and there are many hotels in Sri Lanka with Ayurveda treatments.

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About

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 and unspoilt. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

Few places in the world can offer the traveller 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.


Location

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, situated in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. This island paradise has often been considered the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Though the country has no other immediate neighbours except for India & Maldives, Sri Lanka maintains close ties with Bangladesh, Pakistan, and other Asian countries in the region

Time: GMT + 5.30hrs
Capital Island: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
Total Area: 65,525 km
Population: Approx. 21,481,334

Climate

Sri Lanka is tropical, with distinct dry and wet seasons. The seasons are slightly complicated by having two monsoons. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. Sri Lanka is an island where once can enjoy the average temperature of 30 degree Celsius throughout the year.

Language

The Sinhala language is spoken by the Sinhalese people, who constitute approximately 74% of the national population and total about 13 million. The Tamil language is spoken by Sri Lankan Tamils, as well as by Tamil migrants from the neighboring Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil speakers number more than 3 million. English is fluently spoken by approximately 25% of the population, and widely used for official and commercial purposes.

Religion

The religions in Sri Lanka are diversified. There is Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslims and Christians as well as other smaller religions. As of the 2012 census 70.2% of Sri Lankans are Theravada Buddhists, 12.6 % are Hindus, 9.7 % are Muslims and 7.4% Christians. Sri Lanka was ranked the 3rd most religious country in the world and Sri Lankans saying religion is an important part of their daily life.

Economy

The government controls a country that follows a form of mixed economy, whereby capitalist and socialist vantages have been utilised to benefit the overall affect of the land. Being an agricultural country, Sri Lanka grows numerous crops but rice is considered its key product. Tea, coconut and rubber are the nation’s secondary exports with the tea industry being one of the island’s main export and foreign exchange earners. Other crops include spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, pepper and cloves as well as the likes of cocoa.

Government

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a free, independent and sovereign nation. A system of administration through provincial councils was introduced in 1988. Legislative power is exercised by Parliament, elected by universal franchise on a proportional representation basis. Executive power of the people, including defence, is exercised by the President, who is also elected by the people.

Demography

Sri Lanka has a population of 18.5 million of whom the majority are Sinhalese (74%). Other ethnic groups are made up of Sri Lankan Tamils (12.6%), Indian Tamils (5.5%), Moors, Malays, Burghers (of Portuguese & Dutch descent) and others (7.9%).Although Sri Lanka is a multi-religious country, Buddhists constitute the majority with 69.3%. Other religious groups are Hindus 15.5%, Muslims 7.6% and Christians 7.5%. Sri Lanka 's literacy rate of 88.6% is one of the highest in Asia

Foreign Currency Regulations

Visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than US$10,000 should declare the amount to the Customs on arrival. All unspent rupees converted from foreign currencies can be re-converted to the original currency on departure as long as encashment receipts can be produced.

Custom Imports

You are allowed to bring into the country duty free 1.5 litres of spirits, two bottles of wine, a quarter-litre of toilet water, and a small quantity of perfume and souvenirs with a value not exceeding US $250. The import of personal equipment such as cameras and laptop computers is allowed but must be declared on arrival. However, personal equipment must be taken out of the country upon the visitor.s departure. The import of non-prescription drugs and pornography of any form is an offence.

Cultural festival and events

Sri Lanka’s culture is diverse and has been influenced by many factors such as religion and colonialization by the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British. Festivals are a part of Sri Lankan culture and are either religious or national. Most festivals are observed in grand scale. Some of the festivals as named as Perahara, Vel, world spices festival, Deepavali, Sinhala Tamil New Year, Wesak, Poson Full Moon poya day, Independence Day,

Food and drinks

Foods in Sri Lanka can be hot or very mild or can be combination being very much a question of individual preference. Sri Lankan food is unique for their Culture. They make milk rice and special sweets with coconut milk, floor and Honey at cultural festivals. Most of the Sri Lankans eat vegetables. With a large community of farmers the Rice and curry is the main food in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka curries are known for their fiery hot spicy flavors and coconut milk is very distinct feature of Sri Lankan cuisine that different regions of country specialize in different types of dishes. Sri Lankans also like several juicy sweetmeats like Kavum, kokis, Halape, Thalaguli and Wattalapam etc. Sri Lankans also like to have drinks like tea and coffee.

Visa

With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka.

Please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information. When applying ETA by third parties payments are to be made through the arrangement made in our website www.eta.gov.lk and obtain acknowledgement of ETA application. Any payments made to other websites or agencies are not valid to process a valid ETA. Therefore, always ensure that the payments made by accessing to Sri Lanka ETA website and avoid making repayment at the port of entry to Sri Lanka

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