Sri Lanka is situated in the South-east region of Asia. The teardrop shaped island that you see just below India is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lies between the northern latitudes 5° 55. and 9° 55. and the eastern longitudes 79° 42. and 81° 52., 650km north of the equator.
02. What is the size of the island ?
At 65,525 square kilometers (25,299 Sq. miles). Its length from northernmost point at Point Pedro to Southernmost point at Dondra Head is 435km (271 miles) while the greatest width is 240km (149 miles)
03. Is Sri Lanka & Ceylon the same country ?
Yes. The name Ceylon was given by the British and was used until 1972 after which Sri Lanka was and still is used. Other names that Sri Lanka was called by in the past included Taprobane, Serendib, Ceylan etc.
04. Will Visiting Sri Lanka be worth my time ?
Absolutely! Sri Lanka is considered one of the best places to visit mainly due to the myriad of experiences that you can get in one small island. Sri Lanka has been listed on one the best places to travel in 2012 by both National Geographic and Code Nast Traveler.
05. What is the Best time to visit Sri Lanka ?
Sri Lanka is a tropical country with almost the same season all year long except for monsoon seasons kicking off at different times during the year, despite showers a warm sunny climate is always guaranteed.
06. What will be the benefits of visiting Sri Lanka ?
The benefits of visiting Sri Lanka are in abundance. First and foremost, you can indulge in varied lifestyles and experiences – from the scenic hill country to the sunny beaches and everything in between. Sri Lanka has a diverse and vibrant culture, with friendly people. We are world renowned for our hospitality. If you prefer adventure or just to relax and unwind – Sri Lanka is the ultimate destination to do everything in one place. Plus, it’s a pretty cheap travel destination.
07. What kind of clothes should be worn ?
Attire usually depends on where you are. Religious places have a strict protocol when it comes to clothes where people should cover themselves up. However, other than that you can wear almost anything that goes with the warm climate, sundresses, shorts, t-shirts and sandals are some of the clothes that you can wear to fight of the heat.
08. What sites can I visit ?
The options are endless. There are loads of archeological sites, ancient ruins, nature reserves, beaches and plenty more. UNESCO has named many places in Sri Lanka as World Heritage Sites such as Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
09. Where can I stay when I visit Sri Lanka ?
The options are again endless here with accommodation options ranging from five-star hotels, motels, resorts, bungalows and villas, guest houses and many more places. Tell us about your accommodation needs and we can find the best places for you to stay in Sri Lanka.
10. Can I get access to ayurvedic medicine ?
Sri Lanka boasts of an ancient medicinal system that can be used by almost anyone. You can experience Ayurvedic treatments at the many spas as well as Ayurvedic hospitals. Special packages and Ayurvedic holiday getaways are also offered by most hotels in Sri Lanka.
11. What is the Sri Lanka International Dialing Code ?
+94 / 0094
12. What is the voltage Type in Sri Lanka ?
Sri Lanka’s electricity runs at 230-240V, 50 cycles AC. Round, three-pin sockets are normally used although you may occasionally find square three-pin sockets as well.
13. How many languages are spoken in Sri Lanka ?
English is widely spoken. Sinhala (Indo-Aryan language) (language of 74% of the population). Though Tamil (Dravidian language) is language of only 18.1% of the population, Tamil too is an official language in Sri Lanka.
Aided by a healthy 13 percent improvement in June, tourist arrivals to post-war Sri Lanka in the first half of this year have crossed the half-a-million mark, latest data showed here on Thursday. According to latest data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), arrivals between January and June amounted to 512,281, up by 13.1 percent over the first half of last year.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Higher Education Mr. S.B. Dissanayake, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Members of Parliament Mr. A.H.M. Azwar, Mr. Lohan Ratwatta and Mr. Udith Lokubandara, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne are accompanying the President.