Guide to SRI LANKA
SRI LANKA which official name is Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka or Sri Lanka, is a country from Asia located at the Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India. SRI LANKA is divided in 8 province . SRI LANKA's capital is Sri Jayawardenepura f , but SRI LANKA 's most populated city is colombo with about 648,119 inhabitants.
History of SRI LANKA
SRI LANKA's government is republic; a Republic with a Executive government type, with President Mahinda Rajapakse as head of state.
Other symbols of SRI LANKA are Sri Lankan anthem "Sri Lanka Matha Sri Lankan flag.Sri Lankan flag is composed by yellow with two panels; the smaller hoist-side panel has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and orange; the other panel is a large dark red rectangle with a yellow lion holding a sword, and there is a yellow bo leaf in each corner; the yellow field appears as a border around the entire flag and extends between the two panels .
SRI LANKA's history is quite long: The Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C. probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced beginning in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty seized power in the north and established a Tamil kingdom. Occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century, the island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. Tens of thousands have died in the ethnic conflict that continues to fester. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but neither side has formally withdrawn from the cease-fire.
SRI LANKAs geography
SRI LANKA has an area of 65,610Km ,with a coastline of 1340, this great area is composed by 64,740 sq km of land and 870 sq km of water. Sri Lankan geography is known by it's mostly low land, flat to rolling plain and mountains in south-central interior . This makes Sri Lankan's land specially proclive to occasional cyclones and tornadoes.
Guide to travel to SRI LANKA
If you are thinking on traveling to SRI LANKA, you will have to take in consideration some points like SRI LANKA's currency, SRI LANKA's weather, SRI LANKA's national holiday and SRI LANKA's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. SRI LANKA`s currency is called rupee ( SLRs), which is divided in 100 cents. For your consideration, rupee's exchange rate is about 0 per dolar.107.5699996948.
SRI LANKA's weather is characterized to be tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October). So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to SRI LANKA.
You can also consider to visit SRI LANKA on it's national holiday to get in SRI LANKA's culture. If you do so, SRI LANKA's national holiday is called Independence Day, 4 February.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of SRI LANKA: Pidurutalagala 2,524 m. And try also to get to SRI LANKA's lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit SRI LANKA's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to SRI LANKA, with more than 16 airports and 1 airlines, you will get to SRI LANKA without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. SRI LANKA has about1,449 of railways, and also160 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
Sri Lankan Culture
SRI LANKA is known by Sri Lankans as Shri Lamka Prajatantrika Samajaya di Janarajaya/Ilankai Jananayaka Choshalichak Kutiyarachu or Shri Lamka/Ilankai in the shortened way. Sri Lankan, about 20,926,315 people, are composed by different ethnics: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data). And they also have different languages: Tamil, Sinhala, English.
Another relevant point nowadays it's SRI LANKA's religion. Sri Lankans are divided in Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data). So you can visit any of it's14 like Sanctuary of St. Lucia's Cathedral, Colombo.
But if want to know more about SRI LANKA's culture, the best way is by reading the most famous Sri Lankan novelists' books like Shyam Selvadurai .
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