Sri Lanka

Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Asia  :  Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located about 31 kilometres (19.3 mi) off the southern coast of India. It is home to around twenty million people.

Because of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia, and has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times.

Today, the country is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, with more than a quarter of the population following faiths other than Buddhism, notably Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The Sinhalese community forms the majority of the population, with Tamils, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, forming the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs and the Malays.

Famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts and rubber, Sri Lanka boasts a progressive and modern industrial economy and the highest per capita income in South Asia. The natural beauty of Sri Lanka's tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage, make it a world famous tourist destination.  Source

Sri Lanka Facts

Population: 20 million

Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee

Area: 65,610 km2

Language: Sinhalese, Tamil

Main Religion: Buddhism

Calling Code: +94

Time Zone: GMT + 5:30

Main Cities: Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, Columbo, Galkissa, Moratuwa, Jaffna, Negombo, Pita Kotte, Kandy, Trincomalee, Kalmunai