Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Things to do - general

In the emerald-green waters of the Indian Ocean, the island country of Sri Lanka, frequently referred to as the “Teardrop of India,” was first populated by the Sinhalese peoples from northern India in 543 BC.

The Country

An island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India, Sri Lanka is about half the size of Alabama. Most of the land is flat and rolling; mountains in the south-central region rise to over 8,000 ft (2,438 m).

Srilanka Ata Glance

  • Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Capital City: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Administrative) Colombo (Commercial)
  • Time: UTC+5:30
  • Population: Approximately 20,277,597 (2012)
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
  • Languages spoken: Sinhala, Tamil and English
  • Climate: tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
  • Ethnic Make-up: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, 10.5%
  • Religion(s): Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, other 10%

Getting Here

Thirty-day visitor visas cost US$30, apply in advance online (www.eta.gov.lk)

What to Pack

  • A good pair of earplugs
  • Mosquito repellent – hard to find in Sri Lanka (unlike mosquitoes)
  • Sunscreen – another surprisingly hard-to-find item
  • Tampons – impossible to find outside Colombo

Things to Do

  • Beach Holidays
  • Adventure Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Nature Trails
  • Wild Safaris
  • Adventure Tours
  • Discover the Past
  • Ayurveda
  • Scenic Beauty
  • Eco Tourism
  • Spice Garden

 

Country Sri Lanka
Visa requirements

Thirty-day visitor visas cost US$30, apply in advance online (www.eta.gov.lk)

Languages spokenSinhala, Tamil and English
Currency usedSri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Area (km2)65,610 km²

Nightlife info

From chic relaxing cocktail lounges, and modern international restaurants – to lively pubs, tapas bars and sports bars boasting snooker tables and large-screen TV’s, there’s something for everyone.With ever-popular karaoke bars, nightclubs showcasing new musical talent, and pulsating discos - the choice is endless.

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Culture and history info

The culture of Sri Lanka mixes modern elements with traditional aspects and is known for its regional diversity. Sri Lankan culture has long been influenced by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed on from India, and the religion's legacy is particularly strong in Sri Lanka's southern and central regions. South Indian cultural influences are especially pronounced in the northernmost reaches of the country. The history of colonial occupation has also left a mark on Sri Lanka's identity, with Portuguese, Dutch, and British elements having intermingled with various traditional facets of Sri Lankan culture. Due to Sri Lanka's prominence as an ancient trading hub, cultural influences ranging from East Asia to the Middle East have shaped the island, particularly that of the Sinhalese people.

The country has a rich artistic tradition, with distinct creative forms that encompass music, dance, and the visual arts. Sri Lankan culture is internationally associated with cricket, a distinct cuisine, an indigenous holistic medicine practice, religious iconography such as the Buddhist flag, and exports such as tea, cinnamon, and gemstones, as well as a robust tourism industry. Sri Lanka has longstanding ties with theIndian subcontinent that can be traced back to prehistory. Sri Lanka's current population is predominantly Sinhalese with sizable Sri Lankan Moor, Sri Lankan Tamil, and Indian Tamil minorities.

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