Sri Lanka - The Land of Thunder Dragon

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National Geographic Traveler magazine has identified Sri Lanka among its top six destinations for world travelers in 2012, lauding the island nation's heritage sites, exciting wildlife, lush landscapes, pristine beaches, unique cultural festivals & scrumptious food. Sri Lanka, a country with a recorded rich history of more than 2500 years has many heritage sites and has colonial historical architecture everywhere in the country since The Portuguese and Dutch once waged proxy wars here & by 1802 the island was a British colony.

It notes the successful conclusion of the most recent 30 years conflict, which eventually ended winning peace for the nation, has open doors for a greater economic development. Soon after the conflict ended Sri Lankan tourism has grown impressively, with a growth of 46% in 2010 followed by further growth of 30% in 2011 still in 2012 the growing trend is keep going up. With those increases, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has outlined a plan to reach a 45,000 hotel room capacity by 2016, when the total number of annual tourists is expected to reach 2.5 million. Special focus & effects are been put out to enhance the service quality Recently top hotel chains such as Sheraton, Marriott & Shangri La have announced plans for new investments in Sri Lanka. Currently approximately 2000 rooms have been shut for heavy refurbishments & renovations.

The virgin beaches of east cost of Sri Lanka are now blessed with quite a few developments of hotels reaching out to approximately 1000 rooms. Sri Lanka offers visitors a wide variety of unique venues, from broad white beaches

to mountain vistas, wildlife parks teaming with elephants, leopards and more, rolling tea plantations, spas, adventure tourism, surfing and ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With a trend setting for increase in tourism, Sri Lanka has received a number of favorable travel reviews since 2010, Number of world renounced papers & magazines have rated Sri Lanka to be a promising tourist destination with New York times ranking as the number one place to visit in 2010.

A picturesque jewel in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a diverse mix of ancient cities, monuments, lush Mountains, perfect beaches and incredible wildlife. Faced with past political turmoil and natural disasters the Sri Lankan spirit is alive and well in the pride its people display towards their country. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature's beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Welcoming, friendly and diverse in culture the Sri Lankans offer visitors the opportunity to try their amazing cuisine, discover their fabulous history and laze on some of the most beautiful beaches available, Sri Lanka is a complete and unique experience. 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 of65, 610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres 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. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

Country Name: Sri Lanka

Commercial Capital: Colombo

Size: 65,525 sq km

Population: 20.9 million.

Population Density: 309 people per sq km

Location: An island off the south-eastern coast shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean.

Religions : Buddhism- 70 per cent; Hinduism- 16 per cent; Christianity- 7 per cent; Islam-7 per cent

Languages: Sinhala, Tamil and English are widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka, with the exception of remote villages where it might be Sinhala only or Tamil only. Climate Low Lands - tropical, average 27C. Central Hills - cooler, with temperatures dropping to 14C. The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, while the north-eastern monsoon is from December to January. Sri Lanka's climate is ideal for holiday-makers throughout the year.

Currency: Sri Lanka follows the decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) with 100 cents equal to a rupee. Currency notes are available in the denominations of Rs.10,20,50,100,200, 50, 1000 and 2000. Coins are issued in values of Cts. 25 and 50 and Rs.1,2,5 and 10. The intervention currency continuously will be the US Dollar. Visa Residents from permitted countries are issued visas on arrival. Consult your local Sri Lanka embassy, consulate, tourist office or your travel agent. Working Days Five working days (Monday to Friday).
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