SRI LANKA Overview
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is a beautiful island located in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, southeast of India. It has a population of approximately 20 million, of whom the majority are Sinhalese. The capital, Colombo, is a fascinating city, not only for its blend of Eastern and Western cultures, but also for its mixture of the past and the present. The country’s economy is primarily based on agriculture with its chief crop being rice. Sri Lanka is famous for its tea, their major export crop and major foreign exchange earner.
The geography of the island consists of a 2,500m-high mountainous range, with lush tea plantations, stunning waterfalls, endless tropical beaches and national parks full of amazing wildlife. Explore ancient cities, temples, monuments and architecture that possesses evidence of the British Raj. With a multitude of attractions, you will capture everything you could want in a tropical paradise.
Time - Sri Lanka is 4½ hours behind Australian EST
Language - Sinhala and Tamil are the national languages, however, English is widely spoken.
Entry Requirements - Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for Australian passport holders for entry into Sri Lanka for stays of up to 30 days.
COLOMBOWith a history tracing back to the 5th Century, Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka. It is a vibrant city with a mixture of modern structures and colonial buildings and is the country’s largest port.
SIGIRIYASigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and home to the Rock Fortress, known as 'Lion Rock', which is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. Lion Rock, famous for its ancient paintings, is reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves in India.
YALA (RUHUNA ) NATIONAL PARKYala National Park, also known as Ruhuna National Park, is the second largest in Sri Lanka. Located on the southeast side of the island and covering an area of 1,259sq km, the national park is famous for its herds of elephants, leopards, crocodiles and more than 130 species of birds.
JAFFNALocated in the north of Sri Lanka, Jaffna is relativley new to tourism. Tourism infrastructure is quite simple and basic, but travellers will be rewarded with beautiful beaches and colourful temples. Jaffna's culture is unlike any other found in Sri Lanka.
TRINCOMALEETrincomalee is a major port city in the north-east of Sri Lanka and a great spot for whale watching (May - November only). Nilaveli Beach is a popular spot to admire the crystal clear blue waters.
KANDYSurrounded by tropical plantations and hills, Kandy is a deeply religious city. It is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most important sites to Buddhism in the world, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
NUWARA ELIYAReferred to as the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is located in the middle of lush tea plantations and rolling hills.
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