The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (ශ්‍රී ලංකා in Sinhala, இலங்கை in Tamil) is a small country of 22 million inhabitants in south Asia. It is an island of 65610 km² located immediately south of India in the Indian ocean. The island is mostly flat and consists to a large extent of plains. Only in the southern part there are mountains, reaching a maximum height of 2524 metres. Sri Lanka lies north of the equator at a latitude of between 6 and 10 degrees and has a tropical climate with dry and wet seasons.
On the mountain slopes in the south there are extensive tea plantations at altitudes above 600m above sea level. Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka.
The people of Sri Lanka are mostly Sinhalese Buddhists. A Tamil Hindu minority lives in the north of the country. Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage and history and has been settled since prehistoric times. Due to its historical, cultural and natural highlights it receives a large number of tourists every year.
How to get to Sri Lanka
The simplest way to reach Sri Lanka is by plane, via the international airport in Colombo.
Accommodation
Being a very tourist-oriented country, Sri Lanka has a multitude of accomodation options at various price levels.
01 Golden Buddha statue 02 Seema Malakaya Buddhist temple 03 Golden Buddha statues 04 Guanyin statue 05 Guanyin statue
06 Golden Buddha statues 07 Reclining Buddha statue 08 Reclining Buddha statue 09 Buddha statues
10 Seema Malakaya Buddhist temple 11 Buddhist stupa 12 Seema Malakaya Buddhist temple 13 Buddha statues 14 Colombo City Centre shopping mall
15 Colombo City Centre shopping mall 16 Colonnade in Chatham street 17 Elephant head statue 18 Lloyds and Whiteways buildings
19 Whiteaways building 20 Lankem plantation house 21 Lighthouse clock tower 22 Lotus tower 23 Lotus tower
24 Lotus tower 01 Black bird 02 Galle fort 03 Dutch reformed church
04 Dutch reformed church 05 Dutch tombstone 06 Dutch tombstone 07 Dutch and All Saints churches 08 Colourful pottery 09 Arabic college
10 The Heritage cafe bistro 11 Ceylon spa boutique 12 Street in Galle fort at night 13 Street in Galle fort at night 14 Wooden sculpture faces
15 The Fort Printers hotel 16 The Fort Printers hotel 17 Punto cafe restaurant 18 Street in Galle fort at night 19 Coffee shop
20 Old Dutch hospital 21 Colonnade 22 Police barracks 23 Court square at night
24 Old gate 25 Street 26 Palm trees 27 Tourists walking on city walls 28 Tourists walking to flag rock
29 Flag rock viewpoint 30 Flag rock 31 Galle fort
32 Sea rocks 33 Sea rocks 34 Lighthouse 35 Flag rock viewpoint 36 Galle fort walls
37 Meeran Jumma mosque 38 Meeran Jumma mosque 39 Galle fort walls
40 Beach 41 Sri Lankan people swimming in the sea 42 Lighthouse 43 Colonnade 44 Court square
45 All Saints church 46 Clock tower 47 Tourists walking on city walls
48 Church and Lighthouse streets 49 Grass-clad walls of Galle fort
50 Methodist church 51 Rickshaws 52 Galle fort walls
53 Rampart street 54 Galle fort walls
55 Galle fort wall 56 Street in Galle fort 57 Street in Galle fort
01 Tourist jeep 02 Road to Uda Walawa national park 03 Tourist jeeps at park checkpoint 04 Mud track inisde park
05 Tourist jeeps 06 Asian elephants 07 Elephant couple 08 Elephant couple
09 Elephant couple 10 Sri Lankan elephant 11 Asian elephants 12 Asian elephants 13 Group of elephants
14 Elephants near watering hole 15 Group of elephants 16 Elephants near watering hole 17 Group of elephants
18 Peacock 19 Mud track 20 Small lake 21 Small lake
22 Small lake 23 Black-winged stilts 24 Bird nest 25 Tourist jeeps and tourists
26 Udawalawe national park 27 White heron 28 Ibis
29 White heron 30 Elephant 31 Elephant 32 Safari jeep 33 Water buffaloes
34 Water buffalo grazing 35 Water buffaloes
36 Udawalawe national park
37 Mau Ara reservoir 38 Crocodile
39 Mau Ara reservoir 40 Crocodile
41 Crocodile 42 Lake with dead trees 43 Safari jeeps 44 Elephant
45 Elephant and tourist jeep 46 Elephant and tourist jeep 47 Mongoose 48 Mongoose 49 Mongoose
50 Elephant 51 Sunset 01 Hewaheta road 02 Bus 03 Bus
04 Pedestrian crossing 05 Sacred tooth temple entrance 06 Sacred tooth temple ticket office 07 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
08 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 09 Kandy lake 10 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple
11 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 12 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 13 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 14 Wood carving in sacred tooth temple 15 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 16 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple
17 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 18 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 19 Lantern in sacred tooth temple 20 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
21 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 22 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 23 Flags in sacred tooth temple 24 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth
25 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 26 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 27 Red fire-fighting truck
28 Kandy lake 29 Queens hotel 30 Shopping street in Kandy
31 Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha statue 32 Lord Kataragama temple 33 Elephant 34 Sampath bank 35 Policeman
36 First world war memorial 37 Clock tower square 38 General Anuruddha Ratwatte statue 39 Clock tower
40 Torington park 41 Kandy lake southern shore 42 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
43 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 44 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 45 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 46 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
47 Kandy lake 48 Red mosque
49 Christian church 50 Street in Kandy 51 Pilgrims sitting on pavement 01 Tea plantation 02 Tea plantation
03 Tea plantation 04 Tea plantation 05 Nuwara Eliya 06 Colonial era house in Nuwara Eliya
07 Colonial era house in Nuwara Eliya 08 Nuwara Eliya 09 Shops in Nuwara Eliya 10 Tea leaves
11 Tea leaves 12 Trail in tea plantation 13 Tea plantation 14 Tea plantation 15 Tea plantation
16 Tree in tea plantation 17 Tree in tea plantation 18 Rice paddy
19 Pinnaketiya lake 20 Pinnaketiya lake
21 Rice paddy 22 Tangalle beach
23 Tangalle beach 24 Tangalle beach 25 2004 tsunami water level 26 2004 tsunami water level
27 Tangalle beach
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