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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka welcomes the visitor with a smile and the wish for a long and happy life. This is a reflection of the island's age old custom of hospitality and its traditional way of life.

 

Legend as well as history record that Sri Lanka has always delighted visitors to its shores. For countless centuries the abundance of culture and friendly smiling people has captivated the hearts of travelers. Sri Lanka was referred by many names such as Taprobane, Serendib and Ceylon. Ceylon Tea is one of the most ideal beverages that this tremendous island has to offer to world. Sri Lanka due to its awesome beauty and culture was commented by many. Particularly by D. J. G. Hennessy, who writes in his book Green aisles: a story of the jungles of Ceylon as follows; "To me the beauty of Ceylon lies not so much in its blue seas and golden beaches, its jungles and its mountain peaks, as in its ancient atmosphere. There is no nation, from Egypt of the Pharaohs to modern Britian, in whose literature this island has not at some time been mentioned by one or other of its many names—Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane, Cellao, Zellan, to recall a few. History lies buried in its sands, and ghosts of romance lurk among its bastioned rocks, for Lanka is very, very old."

 

Sri Lanka offers the ideal location for a relaxed and complete holiday. Although a tiny island of 25,000 square miles, it contains more interest for tourists than any other country of its size, crammed with charming scenery, breath-taking sights, archaeological wonders, sparkling gems, exquisite handicrafts, wild life reserves and peaceful palm-fringed sandy beaches. The hills carpeted with lush tea plantations; jungles alive with wildlife, waterfalls, rare flowers & exotic spices are all waiting ready to welcome you. Come once and you will want to come again!!

 

Nature has endowed Sri Lanka generously harboring the world's tenth richest biodiversity. One hundred and seventy species of indigenous orchids and 242 species of butterflies, a staggering 440 species of birds, a great spread of tropical fruit and over 500 species of medicinal herbs; indeed a magnet for eco-tourists.

 

Geography of Sri Lanka

 

Sri Lanka, also well known as Ceylon, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located in Southern Asia, southeast of India, in a strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes. It has a total area of 65,610 km², with 64,740 km² of land and 870 km² of water. The coastline is 1,340 km long.

 

Two well-rostered monsoons bring adequate seasonal rain; keeping one half of the island rain-free in turn, year-round. Thus while the south and west has a sunny, dry ‘high season’ from November to April, the eastern and northern regions enjoy excellent weather from May to September.

 

Sri Lanka’s terrain is mostly low, flat to rolling plain, with mountains in the south-central interior. The highest point is Pidurutalagala at 2,524 meters. Natural resources include limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates and clay.