Sri Lanka in Brief

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover the Wonder of Asia !

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 unspoilt.

Few places in the world can offer the traveller 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.

Official Name : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government Type : Republic
Location : Latitude 60 55, to 90 50 north. Longitude 790 42 to 810 52
Currency Code : Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Independence : 4 February, 1948
Administrative Capital : Sri Jayawardenepura
Commercial Capital : Colombo
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
Time Zone
Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT (Allow ance should be made for summer-time charges in Europe)
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