The pearl of an island nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean is indeed a captivating destination. From point Pedro of the north to point Dondra of the south and from the flourishing commercial capital of the west to the treasury of wild life in the east, Sri Lanka will create a resonance in your heart making you want to come back again and again.
The delectable Lankan cuisine is one reason why Sri Lanka has become a tourist hub in the new millennium. The diversity of the island gives you so much to taste in so little time. You might opt to have a continental breakfast, but for lunch you might want to try out the mouthwatering spice inspired dishes of the local chefs. Ranging from breadfruit to cuttlefish, the Lankan cuisine is incomparable. The dinner options in this tropical island are not limited to just rice and curry. The proper exploration will guide you to the wonders of Indian, Thai, Chinese and other Asian cuisines all assembled in one humble country. Which is why, making apt hotel bookings to truly savor the scrumptious Lankan dishes is essential.
While you travel the country, starting from the sandy beaches of the west, you’ll find the most diverse array of cultures, environs and cuisine. The western Sri Lanka and its commercial capital will give you upscale hotel deals and urban forms of entertainment. But once you move towards the coveted golden coasts of the south along the ancient silk route, you’ll find the killer waves of Arugambay promising you the best recreation off surfing. Further up, you come across the finest display of undisturbed wildlife and circling what’s left of the coastal line, you’ll be amazed by the display of cultural variety in terms of cuisine, beliefs, dialect, architecture etc. The central hills of Sri Lanka unravel a whole new world with glorious waterfalls, mountains, gardens and more mountains. It is also the proud bearer of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. The tales that unfold around these relics are mesmerizing. And right in the middle of the Sri Lankan flat lands is the world renowned sacred city which carries the ruins of the legendary kingdoms from back in the days. It is undeniably a full package and it really is a blessing for your senses to be able to experience such bliss.
To add to that blessing, Sri Lanka has an assortment of hotels to suit your needs. Be it a last minute hotel reservation at a tropical retreat or a soothing spa treatment after a wearing day at the sacred city, there are ample choices to suit your budget and preference. In a nutshell, no matter what your agenda demands you to do, there’s always a friendly Lankan smile to meet you at the end of your day and help you relax yourself into a balmy sleep with no fret over your wallet.
With the right guidance, you’ll be able to see, feel and experience the whole of this tiny country with never ending miracles with no burden on your mind, body and wallet. Come see this island paradise!
Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions: 430km north to south, 225km east to west
Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Commercial capital: Colombo
Climate: Typically tropical, with anortheast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west
Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
National Flower The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
National parks and nature reserves area: 8,000sq.km
Time zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time isfive and a half hours ahead of GMT. (Allowance should be made for summer-time changes in Europe.)
International dialing: +94
Electricity: 230 . 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. If you travel with a laptop computer bring a stabilizer
Gross National Product (GNP): Sri Lanka is placed in 76th place in GNP figures of the world’s nationswith $22.8billion (2005)
Flag description: Yellow with two panels; the smaller hoist-side panel has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and orange; the other panel is a large dark red rectangle with a yellow lion holding a sword, and there is a yellow bo leaf in each corner; the yellow field appears as a border around the entire flag and extends between the two panels