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Conventional long form : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Conventional short form : Sri Lanka Former : Ceylon Size : 65,610 sq km Capital : Sri Jayawardenepura Commercial Capital : Colombo Government : Sri Lanka, is a free, in ...

The Land

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The Land

Sri Lanka lies 10 degrees North of the Equator and South East of India, separated from it by the Gulf of Mannar, Palk’s Bay and Palk Strait, which at its narrowest point, Rameswaram in India and the Jaffna Peninsula, is less than 80 km wide. The sea cross ...

Facts

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Facts

Sri Lanka is often known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The world famous writer Michael Ondaatje comes from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is the world’s largest tea exporter. Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected ...

Sport and Recreation

Sri Lankans have triumphed internationally at athletics, among them, 2000 Olympic Games Bronze medallist sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe and others, including Sriyani Kulawansa and Sugath Tillekaratne. But it is Cricket that is the first and true love of a ...

Gemstones and Rivers

Geologically, Sri Lanka is composed of gneiss, schist, granite, quartzite and crystalline limestone-an agglomerative, quartzite rich gemstone deposits, washed by streams and rivers from the central highlands in to lowland valleys. For more than 2000 y ...

Harbors and Beaches

Sri Lanka’s natural harbours have made the island a magnet for mariners throughout its history, from the legendary Sindbad the Sailor to the Portuguese navigator Vasco de Gama and the others who followed in search of the untold wealth of the fabled Orient ...

The Undiscovered Country

You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless scores of travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as tsunamis have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries. But now – as you’ve p ...

The Sri Lanka Gazette

All Gazettes can be download from http://documents.gov.lk/gazette/2013/May.htm in Sinhala, Tamil & English languages. The Sri Lanka Gazette, officially The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a public journal of the Government ...

Demography of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million of whom the majority is Sinhalese (74%). Other ethnic groups are made up of Sri Lankan Tamils (12.6%), Indian Tamils (5.5%), Moors,Malays, Burghers (of Portuguese and Dutch descent) and others (7.9%). Sri Lanka is ...

Geography & Climate of Sri Lanka

Geography Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean, is separated from India by the Palk Strait, 48km wide stretch of water. The total land area is 65,525 km with internal waters being 1,570 km Most of the island is low-lying yet astonishingly varied. A ...

Buddhist Flag

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Buddhist Flag

The Buddhist flag is a flag designed in the late 19th century to symbolise and universally represent Buddhism. It is used by Buddhists throughout the world. The flag was originally designed in 1885 by the Colombo Committee, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In re ...

National Flag of Sri Lanka

The flag of Sri Lanka, also called the Lion Flag, consists of a gold lion, holding a kastane sword in its right fore paw, in front of a dark red background with four golden bo leaves, one in each corner. Around the background is a yellow border, and to it ...

National Flower of Sri Lanka

The Nil Manel (Nymphaea stellata) Blue Water Lily was chosen as the national flower of Sri Lanka in February 1986. The Blue Water Lily of exquisite beauty is a common sight throughout the island. Growing in shallow fresh waters with no season for blooming ...

Government of Sri Lanka

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a free, independent and sovereign nation. A system of administration through provincial councils was introduced in 1988. Legislative power is exercised by the Parliament, elected by universal franchise on ...

Food and Drink in Sri Lanka

Rice and curry and curry are the staple food of Sri Lanka. The Western nationals might prefer curry and little rice, but Sri Lankans need lot of rice and several curries of which one will be hot. Not all curries are spicy hot, but if the name carries “dev ...

Economy of Sri Lanka Economy of Sri Lanka

Economy Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. The chief crop is rice with which the country is almost self–sufficient. Tea, rubber and coconut are also important agricultural crops with tea being a major foreign exchange earner. In addition, ot ...

Holidays to Sri Lanka, a tropical paradise

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Sri Lanka holidays, an island formerly known as Ceylon is situated in the south-east of India, for centuries seduce all those who decide to travel to this tropical paradise, where they have always been (and still do) a natural beauty as well intact and sp ...

Transportation Services in Sri Lanka

Trishaws and Taxis: The easiest mode of transport around Sri Lanka is by trishaw, or commonly known as three–wheeler. A large number of three–wheelers operate on the roads and are easily available. As price bartering is widespread, agree on a rate befo ...

Emergency Telephone Numbers in Sri Lanka

Telephone companies Airtel- 075-5555555 Lanka Bell- 5375375 Suntel- 4747474 Dialog GSM- 077-7678678 Mobitel- 0712755777 Tigo- 0722454154 Hutchison- 078-8812345 Telecom- 2555555 Telephone area code nos. 011 - Colombo 031 - Negombo 038 - P ...

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