About Sri Lanka



Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean is located to the South of the Indian subcontinent. It lies between 5 55’ and 9 55’ North of the equator and between the Eastern longitudes 79 42’ and 81 52. The total land area is 65,610 sq km and is astonishingly varied.

A length of 445 km and breadth of 225 km encompasses beautiful tropical beaches, verdant vegetation, ancient monuments and a thousand delights to please all tastes. The relief features of the island consist of a mountainous mass somewhat south of the centre, with height exceeding 2,500 meters, surrounded by broad plains.

Palm fringed beaches surround the island and the sea temperature rarely fall below 27 C.



PLACES TO SEE


Colombo

Colombo is the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on west cost. The city blends together with old colonial type building, high-rise commercial buildings and hotels. It is filled with shopping malls, airline offices bazaars and interesting tourist attractions. Some of the finest structures built during the colonial times still preserved in one part of the City. Colombo is home to majority of Sri Lankan corporate and Government offices.




Kandy

Kandy is a city that exudes a graceful charm, radiating an ambiance of antiquity that you will only find in Sri Lanka. It is the city of the last Sinhala Kings of the island. Ensconced in the comfort of a protected valley in the central hills of Sri Lanka, the city at 500 meters (1640 feet) above sea level is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and a vast array of shrines, and temples dating back to the 14th century. The proud city is home to the Dalada Maligawa the "Palace of the Sacred Tooth Relic"- the symbol of sovereignty of the nation, a must visit site in Sri Lanka.




Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is an ancient city that predates the Christian era. It is indeed in the pantheon of human history along with Athens, Alexandria and Patalipurhra. It depicts the trajectory of the Sinhalese civilization from the time it was founded in 4th century BC. A fascinating collection of ancient ruins some of which have been painstakingly restored narrate its past grandeur. It has been home to benevolent kings, despotic monarchs, retreating rulers and heroic conquerors. It waits to narrate that epic story .The oldest tree in the world adorns this city of shrines. It was brought from India in the 3rd century BC. Its sanctity rests on it being grown from the Bo Tree (ficus religiousa) in Bodhgaya India. Under the shade of the parent tree, the Ascetic Siddharathe sought enlightenment.