Visit Sri Lanka and get amazed by the biodiversity, climate, environment and definitely its mind-blowing culture. The island is surrounded by the world's third-largest oceanic division, the Indian Ocean. WOW! Isn't it? Do not miss out on the chance to experience this heavenly place, also known as the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean'. View nature at its best! The place is home to divine temples, ancient rock fortresses, exquisite beaches, numerous traditional spices, and delectable seafood. Need to know more? Well, the list is never-ending. Sri Lanka has its extravagant water activities like deep-sea diving, snorkeling, white water rafting, sailing, and whatnot. Explore the multi-dimensional shades of Sri Lanka with us.
USEFUL INFO. ABOUT SRI LANKA
OFFICIAL NAME: The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Presidential Republic.
CAPITAL & LARGEST CITY: Colombo Sri Lanka, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Colombo).
POPULATION: 2.14 Crores.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Sinhala (Sinhalese) and Tamil
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Sinhalese (southern Western and Central part of the Island), Tamil (Northern and Eastern part of the Island) and English.
ETHNICITY: Sinhala (major), Sri Lankan Tamil (minor), Moor and Indian Tamil (other).
CURRENCY: Sri Lankan Rupee.
MAP REFERRED: Asia
AREA: 65,610 Sq km
LAND: 64,740 Sq Km
LOWEST POINT: Indian Ocean 0 M
HIGHEST POINT: Pidurutalagala 2,524 M
COASTLINE: 1,340 km
NEIGHBOURING PLACES: India 1,421 km | Maldives 983 km | Bangladesh 2,027 km | Nepal 2,299 km | Bhutan 2,401 km
FAMOUS FOR: Mannar Island | Ella Rock | Galle Beach | Hakgala Botanical Garden | Cultural Triangle Sri Lanka | Sigiriya Rock | Peradeniya Botanical Garden | Jungle Beach Sri Lanka | Ceylon Tea Trails | Ramboda Falls | World's End Sri Lanka | Galle Fort | Sri Lanka Safari | Elephant Orphanage Sri Lanka | Pigeon Island Sri Lanka | Negombo Lagoon.
NATIONAL SYMBOLS: Lion| Blue Water Lily | Ceylon Tea | Sri Lankan Junglefowl
TIME ZONE: LKT (GMT+5:30)
DRIVING SIDE: Left
Bandaranaike International Airport Commonly Known As Colombo International Airport.
Batticaloa Sri Lanka International Airport
Ratmalana International Airport
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
Jaffna International Airport
AVG. COST PER DAY: : 15 USD - 40 USD
Network / Connectivity
The Internet is cheap in Sri Lanka. Still, it is better to make the most of the free-wifi Zones available in Sri Lanka. When in Sri Lanka, you will find many free wifi zones like Colombo Pettah Public stand, the Temple of the Tooth Kandy, Floating Market in Pettah, Colombo Public Library, Matara Bus Stand, Jaffna Public Library, Kandy Railway Station, Ratnapura Museum, most hotels, resorts, and many more.
Sri Lankan telecom is the permanent service provider. Initially, the network was available to the education and research sectors. But later, the access was given to the public.
The government tries to keep the Internet free from all filters. Lately, in 2019, social media sites were banned by the government to avoid any sort of anti-muslim violence. So make sure to be careful while using the internet in Sri Lanka.
There is a vast portion of rural areas that have no connection to the internet or any broadband connection. Also, people taking part in the unethical activity and hacking on the internet have been taken under custody. So, when in Sri Lanka, use authorized data services only.
To get the best of the speed and connectivity, it is suggested to activate the International roaming services on your phone. Most mobile service providers offer good coverage in the country. Most importantly! International calling can be really expensive. It is better to use the VoIP services, i.e, voice over internet protocol service. Use Skype to make international calls. It is free! Just land on any Internet cafe near you to use it or grab hold of Wi-Fi and call away.