Srilanka, the Pearl of Asia is a small Island Nation with a majority of Buddhist population. Srilanka is one of the most fascinating places for beaches and Buddhist religious sites. This island nation after a long civil war is in the process of rebuilding and is becoming a popular tourist destination in South Asia.

The Major attractions in Srilanka include Buddhist sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Panduwasnuwara and Yapahuwa. These places were either small kingdoms or civilizations that were once very prosperous and developed.

Srilanka is the best place for food. It has one of the best sea foods in the world. Besides the local spicy food you can try all kinds of cuisines in Srilanka. Srilanka is a delightful country full of tropical beaches, dense forests, tea gardens, orphanage for Elephants and some of the most interesting and colofurful festivals in South Asia.

Major points-of-interest include the ancient town of Anuradhapura; Batticaloa and its singing fish; the rock temple at Dambulla; the exotic port city of Galle; Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage; the sacred mountain of Adam's Peak; Hikkaduwa beach; the cultural city of Kandy, and the wide sandy beaches on the west coast near Negomo - to name but a few. Combining the tour of Srilanka with Southern India and then travelling to the High Himalayas (Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan) from the sea level is a very good idea.

Fast facts about Srilanka

Area 65, 610 Sq.KM
Capital city Colombo
Population 20.3  million
Official Languages Sinhala and Tamil
Border with -
Altitude 0-2524 m
Per-capita Income  USD 3140
Currency Sri Lankan Rupees (1 USD  = 130 Rupees)
Religion Buddhism, Hinduism
Time Zone +05.30

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