Sri Lanka, Asia

Known as Ceylon until 1972, Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, south of India. Its maritime borders stretch from the northwest in India to the Maldives in the southwest.

Home to an ethnically and culturally diverse population, Sri Lanka has an extensive history marked by colonisation and civil war. Many tourists are drawn by holidays to Sri Lanka’s tropical forests and varying landscapes, which are rich in different plant and animal species.

Sri Lanka comprises of 9 provinces with the capital of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte in the Western Province, together with Beruwela, Colombo, Gampaha and Negombo. The Central Province is made up of the highlands of Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya. There is Jaffna in the North; the cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla in the North Central region; Trincomalee and Arugam Bay in the East; Kurunegala in the North West; Galle, Weligama, Matara, Tangalle, Unawatuna and Yala National Park in the South. The cool highlands of Uva Province consist of Badulla, Haputale, Bandarawela. Each province is further divided into districts.

From the sights and landforms to food, local culture and historical sites, each area adds to the charm of Sri Lanka with its own unique flavour.



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