The Pearl of Indian Ocean – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon, Pearl of Indian ocean & Gem Land is a beautiful, resourceful island which is rich in natural, cultural and historic values.
Sri Lanka has been recognised as one of a biodiversity hot spots in Asia despite its size as a small island. In fact, Sri Lanka is one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Sri Lanka is enriched with a vast biodiversity and varied climate and house thousands of endemic and valuable species of all kinds.
There are 8 UNESCO heritage sites in Sri Lanka including 6 cultural sites and two natural sites such as Sinharaja rain forest, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kandy & Galle ancient cities. These world heritage sites are major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and contributing immensely to Sri Lanka tourism.
Sri Lanka is well known for gems, tea and spices and those export industries contribute to Srilankan economy even though Sri Lanka Tourism has taken the first place of main income generating industries in recent years.
The island is the only Theravada Buddhist country in the world and also the only Sinhalese country. Sinhalese is the main language and the majority of the population are Sinhalese while there are also Tamil, Islam & other minor communities living in the country in peace. Sri Lanka has a written history of 2600 years old and most of those ancient runes are now considered world heritage cities.