Sri Lanka is the eco travelers dream comes true - the rich biodiversity, socio-cultural diversity, over 5000 years of legacy etc - this small island is an Eco Paradise! It is recognized as a bio diversity hotspot of national and global significance with one of the greatest variety of species, fauna & flora cannot be found anywhere in the world! As a result Sri Lanka is bursting with a wide diversity of eco destinations that are unique and beautiful.
Being a tiny island gives you the opportunity to travel across the country, taking in as many places as possible in the shortest possible time without harming the sustainability of the destinations and its inhabitants but enjoying the visit as an environmentally friendly and conservation conscious traveler.
The wide spared wildlife parks around all the corners of the island & nature reserves where you can see plenty of Elephants, Leopard and even the rare Red Slender Loris and the Sinharaja Rain forest is among the best you should visit. The ocean around the island offers the rare opportunities of watching the Blue Whale, Sperm Whales, Killer Whales and the adorable Dolphins. Trek-up along some scenic mountains, go and live with the native community or ascend over five thousand steps to the Holy Mountain the list is endless…the fascination never ends.
Facts About Sri Lanka
In the Low Lands the Climate is in general tropical with an average temperature of about 27°C in Colombo. In the Higher elevations however, it can be quite cool with temperatures going down to 16°C. Bright and Sunny days are the norm and are common even during the height of the Monsoon – climatically Sri Lanka has no off -season. The south- west monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island. While the north -east monsoon rains occur in the northern and eastern regions in December and January.
Sri Lanka has a population of 19.5 million, of whom the majority are Singhalese (74%). Other ethnic groups are made up of Sri Lankan Tamils (12.6%), Indian Tamils (5.5%), Moors, Malays, Burghers ( of Portuguese & Dutch descent)
Although Sri Lanka is a multi religious country, Buddhists constitute the majority with 69.3%. Other religious groups are Hindus 15.5%, Muslims 7.6%, and Christians 7.5%. Sri Lanka’s literacy rate of 88.6% is one of the highest in Asia.
Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages in Sri Lanka. Sinhala, a language of Indo Aryan origin is the language of the majority. English is widely spoken and understood. Name boards, road signs and sign boards on busses and trains are usually in all three languages. Wherever you travel you will come across a Buddhist Temple or Dagaba, a Hindu Kovil, a Christian Church or a Mosque, each with its own distinctive architecture.
ETA The visa will initially be limited to 30 days from the date of arrival and which may extend to six months by contacting the Department of Immigration and Emigration. This process will not be applicable for Singapore and Maldives passport holders as they are granted visa on arrival.
Sri Lanka is an ideal destination of eco tourism with a wealth of activities for the whole family - from nature trails, hiking, cycling, bird watching, photography or wild life safaris and many more