A Glimpse of Sri Lanka
Find yourself under Sri Lanka’s magical spell on our tour around this beautiful enchanting island. A small island nation off the southern tip of India, natural beauty abounds from the shores to the lush forests and gushing waterfalls. The majestic temples and strong traditional culture is just as inspiring. Sri Lanka offers travelers white sandy beaches, rolling plantations and sacred sites basking in spirituality. With charming people and infectious smiles, mysterious ruins and some of the best cuisine in the world, Sri Lanka’s essence will remain with you long after you come home.
- Sri Lanka is formerly known as Ceylon until 1972. It is located in the Indian Ocean just southeast of the tip of the Indian subcontinent.
- Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and sometimes called as the teardrop of India due to its shape.
- Arab traders of long ago knew the island as Serendib, which is the origin of the word serendipity, reflecting the unexpected pleasures of the land.
- Colombo is the executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka; Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the legislative capital.
- Buddhism is the religion of the majority of people in Sri Lanka, although Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are also practiced by significant portions of the population.
- Sri Lanka population is 20,900,116. It is equivalent to 0.28% of the total world population.
- Climate: Sri Lanka’s tropical location have high temperatures, with monthly averages between 22 °C and 33 °C in the lowlands. In the Central Highlands, higher altitudes account for lower temperatures, with monthly averages between 7 °C and 21.6 °C.
- Language: Sinhalese – with approximately 16 million speakers, Tamil- there are thought to be 4.7 million speakers, and English- spoken by around 10% of the population and it is primarily use for business purposes
- Ethnic composition: Sinhalese – 74%, Tamil – 15.5%, Sri-Lankan Tamils – 11.2% (long-settled descendants from southeastern India), Indian Tamils – 4.3% (recent immigrants from southeastern India, most of whom were migrant workers brought to Sri Lanka under the British rule. Muslim: Moors and Malays-9.6% (adherents of Islam), Burghers- people of mixed European descent, Parsees- immigrants from western India, and Veddas- regarded as the aboriginal inhabitants of the country
- Government: A representative, democratic system of government has existed in Sri Lanka since the termination of British rule in 1948.
- Colonization: Sri Lanka was colonized by Portuguese from 1505–1658, Dutch from 1658–1796 and British from 1796–1900
- Recreation: Many internationally recognized sports have found participants in Sri Lanka. The most popular among them are volleyball, cricket, football(soccer), bicycle racing, and various water sports.
Sri Lankan culture spans more than 2,000 years and still remains vibrant and alive today. This tropical land offers fascinating ancient history in incredible natural settings, making its sites ideal for those seeking a unique travel experience.