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Introduction into Sri Lanka

The Island of Sri Lanka lies 3 degrees north of the equator, 82 degrees east of Greenwich and 32 KM southeast of India. She occupies 65,610 sq Km (approximately 25,000 sq miles). She possesses tropical beaches, ancient monuments, rain forests, gorgeous waterfalls and many places to delight any person. The typically tropical climate with an average temperature of 270C fluctuates between 150 C in the highlands to 350C in certain areas of the lowlands.

Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. She is self sufficient in her staple diet rice which is the largest cultivation. Tea, Coconut and Rubber are the main economic agricultural crops. Tea brings beauty as well as the foreign exchange to the country.

Sri Lanka, according to historical sources was settled by Indo-Aryans in the 6th century B.C. These Indo-Aryans were the first Sinhalese, who are 74% of the population today. The Indo- Aryans assimilated the indigenous inhabitants who are called Yakkhas in the historical chronicles. While the country had contacts in historical times with various foreign races, the Tamil and Muslim minorities of the present day had no settlements in the island until about the 10th century AD; that is to say about 1,500 years after the Sinhalese settlement.

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka the finest island of its size in the entire world. The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. Try the Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Find enough ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy that inner archaeologist. The natural wealth for which Sri Lanka is rightly renowned. Head for the hill country to escape the heat of the plains, where the coast fades away to reveal gorgeous rolling hills often carpeted with tea plantations. The entire island is teeming with bird life and exotics like elephants and leopards are not uncommon. To top it all off, the people are friendly, the food is delicious and costs are low. There's good swimming at any number of beaches along the south-western coast. Excellent scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing are found at Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bentota, Mirissa, Weligama and Tangalle. There's pleasant snorkelling at Unawatuna, and sailing, windsurfing and water skiing on the Bentota River. For trekking, try climbing Adam's Peak or walking across the strange silent plateau of Horton Plains near Nuwara Eliya to see the 700m (2296ft) drop at World's End. Take Tea Trails in the Hills. Go to the Rain Forest Sinharaja or Knuckels Range. Sri Lanka is Your Kind of Place to Travel.

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Main Cities

Sri Lanka has overwhelming abundance of green trees, glorious waterfalls, captivating panoramic views, enchanting ancient history and adventurous wildlife. View destinations
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At a Glance.

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Sun, Sea & Sand

The most beautiful, wide and sandy beaches can be found in Bentota (South West) a thriving tourist resort with many hotels. However tucked away are many private boutique hotels that enjoy pools and amazing beaches...
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Sri Lanka Visa Requirements

Passports: Passport should have one blank page and be valid for at least two months from date of departure required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Types and costs: Tourist and Business: single-entry, up to three months; multiple-entry, up to three months; multiple-entry, up to 12 months. Prices vary according to nationality - check with nearest consulate...
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Religion & Culture

Visitors to Buddhist temples are advised to be properly clad covering the body in full. Briefs, shorts, bear backs and bare shoulders are against accepted norms. When entering Buddhist and Hindu shrines footwear and headgear should be removed...
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Not to miss sights

While it will be impossible to see everything Sri Lanka has to offer in a single trip, given below is a selection of the country’s highlights: outstanding religious and cultural sites, memorable scenery and wildlife, and spectacular festivals...
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