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 un spoilt.
Few places in the world can offer the traveler 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. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka !

  • Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic Of Sri Lanka
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Location: Latitude 5° 55. To 9° 50. North, Longitude 79° 42. To 81° 52., 650km North
    Of The Equator
  • Dimensions: 430km North To South, 225km East To West
  • Coastline: 1,340km
  • Area: 65,525km
  • Currency (Code): Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
  • Independence: 4 February 1948
  • Population: 21,128,773
  • Population Growth Rate: 1.3%
  • Population Density: 309 People Per Sq Km
  • Life Expectancy : At Birth 74 Female, 64 Male
  • Literacy Rate : Female 87.9 Male 92.5
  • Ethnic Groups: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan
    Tamil 3.9%, Other 0.5%, Unspecified 10% (2001 Census)
  • Languages: Sinhala (Official And National Language) 74%, Tamil (National Language)
    18%, Other 8% Note: English (A Link Language Commonly) Is Used In Government And
    Spoken Competently By About 10% Of The Population
  • Religion: Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, Unspecified 10%
    (2001 Census)
    Time Zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time Is Five And A Half Hours Ahead Of GMT.
    (Allowance Should Be Made For Summer-Time Changes In Europe.)
  • International Dialing: +94
    Electricity: 230 . 240 Volts, 50 Cycles AC. If You Travel With A Laptop Computer Bring
    A Stabilizer
  • Economy: Sri Lanka’s Most Dynamic Sectors Are Food Processing, Textiles And
    Apparel, Food And Beverages, Port Construction, Telecommunications, Insurance And
    Banking. In 2006, Plantation Crops Made Up Only 15% Of Exports (90% In 1970), While
    Textiles And Garments Accounted For More Than 60%. About 800,000 Sri Lankans Work
    Abroad, 90% Of Them In The Middle East. They Send Home More Than US$1 Billion A
  • Administrative Capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Commercial Capital: Colombo
  • Administrative Divisions: Typically Tropical, With A Northeast Monsoon (December
    To March) Bringing Unsettled Weather To The North And East, And A Southwest Monsoon
    (June To October) Bringing Bad Weather To The South And West
  • Terrain: Mostly Low, Flat To Rolling Plain; Mountains In South-Central Interior
  • Highest Mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
  • Highest Waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
  • National Flower: The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea Stellata).
    National Parks And
  • Nature Reserves Area: 8,000sq.Km
  • Exports: Textiles And Apparel; Tea And Spices; Diamonds, Emeralds,
    Rubies; Coconut Products, Rubber Manufactures, Fish
  • Imports: Main Import Commodities Are Textile Fabrics, Mineral Products, Petroleum,
    Foodstuffs, Machinery And Transportation 
  • Equipment: $10.61 Billion F.O.B. (2007 Est.). Percentage Of Main Commodities From
  • Main Import Partners: India 19.6%, China 10.5%, Singapore 8.8%, Iran 5.7%, Malaysia
    5.1%, Hong Kong 4.2%, Japan 4.1% (2006)
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Purchasing Power Parity: $81.29 Billion (2007 Est.).
    Official Exchange Rate: $30.01 Billion (2007 Est.) Real Growth Rate: 6.3% (2007 Est.) Per
    Capita: $4,100 (2007 Est.) Composition By
  • Sector: Agriculture: 16.5% Industry: 26.9%
  • Gross National Product (GNP): Sri Lanka Is Placed In 76th Place In GNP Figures Of
    The World.S Nations With $22.8 Billion (2005)
    Flag Description: Yellow With Two Panels; The Smaller Hoist-Side Panel Has Two
    Equal Vertical Bands Of Green (Hoist Side) And Orange; The Other Panel Is A Large Dark
    Red Rectangle With A Yellow Lion Holding A Sword, And There Is A Yellow Bo Leaf In
    Each Corner; The Yellow Field Appears As A Border Around The Entire Flag And Extends
    Between The Two Panels


Kuda Waskaduwa,
Sri Lanka.