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Travel Information – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka – Serendib, Ceylon,Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and un spoilt.

Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  Within a mere area of65, 610 kilometers lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometers of coastline – much of it pristine beach – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.

Google Map –Sri Lanka https://maps.google.lk

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Airport Code : CMB

Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura

Commercial capital: Colombo

Languages:
Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
Note: English (a link language commonly) is used in government and spoken competently by about 10% of the population.

Religion:
Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census) 

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.

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

Coastline: 1,340km Area: 65,525km Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

Distance to Colombo from Airport  : 36 km 

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