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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is blessed with 10 world heritage sites  named as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Knuckles, Horton Plains,  Sri Pada (Adams Peak), Sinharaja rain forest and Galle Dutch fort.

A Nation with 2500 years of well chronicled history in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Yapahuwa, and Kandy …, provides ample of evidence of proud past and the marvels of ancient engineering.

Ancient Kings build hundreds of lakes as water reservoirs contemplating self-sufficiency in Agriculture. Take a walk on the bank of a lake in an evening it will be a different experience altogether.  
Sri Lanka is a Happy Island – a land with smiling people. Everywhere, there is the color and fragrance of tropical vegetation. Whether you are bargain hunting in the Pettah bazaar of Colombo, marveling at the ancient cities, sipping of World’s best cup of Tea in the hill country, soaking up the sun on some near deserted Beach or strolling in the country side, you will find that people are always friendly and outgoing.

Although, predominantly Sinhalese, Sri Lanka also has other Ethnic Groups – Tamils, Moors, Malays,Burghers and descendants of Dutch, Portuguese and British as well as a small aboriginal community of Veddas. Over the centuries they have learnt to respect their cultural differences and are justly proud of their past.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful, colourful, mixture of religions, cultures, races and geography – the tropical meeting place of old and new. In a world in which peace and leisure is becoming more sought after and ever harder to find, Sri Lanka remains a true paradise on earth. On the scale of the world map, Sri Lanka previously known as Ceylon, Serendib, Taprobane appears to hang like a tiny tear drop over the Indian Ocean. In reality though, this isle is certainly no drop in the ocean. Now it is now known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and is a republic and a unitary state which is governed by a presidential system with its official seat of government in Sri Jayewardenepura - Kotte, the capital.

Geography

The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal. It lies between latitudes 5° and 10°N, and longitudes 79° and 82°E. Sri Lanka is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. According to Hindu mythology, a land bridge to the Indian mainland, known as Rama's Bridge, was constructed during the time of Rama by the Vanara architect Nala. Often referred to as Adam's Bridge, it now amounts to only a chain of limestone shoals remaining above sea level.

Climate

The climate of Sri Lanka can be described as tropical and warm. Its position between 5 and 10 north latitude endows the country with a warm climate moderated by ocean winds and considerable moisture. The mean temperature ranges from about 16 °C (60.8 °F) in the Central Highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of approximately 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. The average yearly temperature ranges from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 4 °C (7.20 °F) to 7 °C (12.60 °F).During the coldest days of January, many people wear coats and sweaters in the highlands and elsewhere.

Festivals

Every year on or about 13th of April Sinhala and Tamil people celebrate the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year Festival, and Muslims celebrate Ramadan. EsalaPerahera  is the grand festival  Happening in July or August in Kandy as a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is very popular with elegant costumes, consisting of dances and richly decorated elephants, fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances and events as well.

Foods

Sri Lanka has a wealth of fresh vegetables, fruits and excellent sea food. It also produces the best Tea in the world. Restaurants offer plenty of variety in cuisine and include Sri Lankan, Continental, Europian, Indian, Chinese and Japanese, German food.

What to Wear In Sri Lanka

Jeans are very popular especially with younger people.
Our advice though, would be to pack lightweight clothes in natural fabrics; cotton, linen and silk. Particularly for people who are used to much cooler temperatures and have to acclimatize, if you have plans to visit the hill country, you may want to pack a warmer jumper or shawl, as temperatures do drop on the high ground.

Keep your swimwear just for the beach or pool and cover up when walking around. Public nudity - and that includes females being topless - is not only unacceptable, but illegal.
In Sri Lanka over 70% of the population is Buddhist, so if you are visiting any of the Buddhist temples ensure that your body - including your shoulders below knee level - is covered. If you are visiting Buddhist and Hindu shrines, then footwear and hats should also be removed.

If you are here on business, then opt for a dress or skirt and blouse, as business suits are hardly ever worn. Men, however will be expected to wear a tie.

Transportation

Plane - Domestic airport of Colombo is located at Ratamalana just 20 minutes drive to the south from the main city of Colombo. You can travel to any part of the inland destinations by plane/helicopter.

Train - Trains are the cheapest and perhaps the best way to see Sri Lanka. Most Sri Lankan cities and towns are connected by the Sri Lanka Railways.

Ship - it is possible to organize a ship for your special journeys, conference, official & private  meetings, weddings in the Sea etc..

Bus - Sri Lanka has an extensive network of roads reaching to all parts of the island. There are Air-conditioned and normal bus services available to provide facilities for travelers.

Taxi - One can avail taxis in any of the towns. However, the three-wheelers ( Tuk-Tuks) are available to meet your requirement .

Car rentals - You can hire a vehicle ( Car or Van) for moving around the country. Several car rental shops are available in Colombo to choose from with or without driver too.

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