Srilanka country information

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 unspoiled.

Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  Within a mere area of  65,610 kilometers lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres 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.

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

Basic Information

Capitals: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo Dialing code: +94 ISO code: LKA Currency: Sri Lankan rupee Population: 20.48 million (2013) World Bank Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English


Sri Lankan rupee

The British pound became Ceylon's official money of account in 1825, replacing the Ceylonese rixdollar at a rate of 1 pound = 13 1⁄3 rixdollars, and British silver coin was made legal tender. Treasury notes denominated in pounds were issued in 1827, replacing the earlier rixdollar notes. Rixdollar notes not presented for exchange were demonetized in June 1831.


The island was formerly known as Ceylon, until 1972, when it became a republic within the Commonwealth. Sri Lanka shares maritime borders with the Maldives and India. With an area of 65,610 km² the country is slightly larger than twice the size of Belgium or slightly larger than the U.S. state West Virginia.


Several languages are spoken in Sri Lanka within the Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Austronesian families. Sri Lanka accords national status to Sinhalese and Tamil. The languages spoken on the island nation are deeply influenced by the languages of neighboring India, the Maldives and Malaysia. Arab settlers and the colonial powers of Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain have also influenced the development of modern languages in Sri Lanka.


Low Season (May–Aug)

The Yala monsoon season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the Hill Country. The weather in the North and East is best. Prices nationwide are at their nadir.

Shoulder (Apr & Sep–Nov)

April and September offer the best odds for good weather countrywide. New Year’s celebrations in mid-April cause transport to fill beyond capacity. A good time to wander without a set schedule of bookings.

High Season (Dec–Mar)

The Hill Country plus west- and south-coast beaches are busiest – and driest. With beds in demand, prices peak. The Maha monsoon season (October to January) keeps the East, North and Ancient Cities wet.



Sri Lanka's population practices a variety of religions. As of the 2011 census 70.19% of Sri Lankans were Theravada Buddhists, 12.6% were Hindus, 9.7% were Muslims (mainly Sunni) and 7.4% Christians (6.1% Roman Catholic and 1.3% other Christian).

Srilanka Holiday Packages

04 DAYS Colombo Kandy

AED790 Per Person

05 DAYS Colombo Bentota

AED990 Per Person

06 DAYS Colombo Kandy Bentota

AED1490 Per Person

05 DAYS Ramayana Routes

AED1390 Per Person

Colombo Half Day City Tour

Explore Sri Lanka's capital city and get a feel of the history and culture.

Sri Lanka's capital, biggest city and major port has its supporters and detractors. We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning or afternoon. Tour will begin from the Fort area of Colombo which has been a fort during the times of Portuguese and Dutch. We will drive through the commercial areas and drive past Pettah, a colorful Oriental bazaar with a mix of people, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples. You have a chance to see a Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple and a Mosque of Colombo. Continue your tour to see the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, Hulfts dorp Law Courts as driving along the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens. We will also visit the Independence Square and Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall before returning to the hotel. (Tour cost $35 Per person).

Sigiriya and Dambulla Full Day Excursion

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Duration of tour: 10 hours

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning by 06:30 am and leave for Sigiriya. The ancient city of Sigiriya also known as the 'Lion's Rock' has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is where the ruins of the 5th Century ancient rock fortress and former capital lies. We ascend to Sigiriya Rock. Within its triple-moated defense the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous Royal Pleasure Gardens which is considered to be one of the earliest extended landscaped gardens in Asia, another distinctive feature in Sigiriya which you can find on one of the stairways is the ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color; the Mirror Wall located just below the paintings, has verses dating from the 8th century. It was originally well polished that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside. A Lunch stop will be made available according to your need & time (Lunch is optional). After lunch we visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla, is a unique historical site and part of the 'Cultural Triangle' founded in the 1st-century BC by King Valegamba. It is the home to over 80 caves, housing Buddhist statues and many paintings both religious and secular. Thereafter proceed to Colombo.