Sri Lanka, set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, 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. Sri Lanka’s attributes are many to list. Very few places have as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area, as Sri Lanka has. Its 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites filled with mystery and turbulence, dating back a historical connection with India. Sri Lanka’s multifold pleasures relating to its natural reserves and wildlife reserves have been enchanting people since ages. Legendary temples boast beautiful details crafted by artisans through the centuries. Sri Lanka is spectacular, it’s affordable and it’s still mostly uncrowded. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, and ‘Ceylon’.
Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
Total Area: Approx 65,610 sq kilometers (25,332 sq miles)
Time Zone: Sri Lankan Standard Time (GMT + 5.30).
ISD Code: +94.
Official Language: Sinhala, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Religion: There is no official religion as Sri Lanka is a democratic and secular republic. However Hindu Tamils and Buddhist Tamils are predominantly in large numbers.
Climate : The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Mean temperature ranges from 17 degrees in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 degrees in other low-altitude areas. Average yearly temperature ranges from 28 degrees to nearly 31 degrees. Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 degrees to 18 degrees.
Best Time to Travel : Sri Lanka being a tropical land and can be traveled to and enjoyed from the months of August to March.