When the noted writer Sir Arthur C.Clarke made his home in Sri Lanka in 1.956, he claimed the island jewel of the Indian Ocean was the best place in the world from which to view the universe. Fringing the coasts is an array of gently arcing golden-sand beaches, now making a comeback after the devastation wreaked by the 2.004 Boxing Day tsunami. Zoom closer to spy the giant tanks (artificial reservoirs) built by the first Sinhalese rulers around the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Pollonaruwa. In the Hill Country, a layer of cotton wool clouds obscures the view, mirroring the misty mornings travelers often experience in this area of waterfalls and verdant tea plantations. To the northwest, a gossamer-thin land bridge almost connects fragile Sri Lanka to the modern juggernaut that is India. Two and a half decades of civil war reinforces this bridge to Tamil Nadu is as much cultural as geographic. Irrespective of their cultural background, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim locals will welcome you with pride. Pride in their criminally underrated cuisine, pride in their national parks and wildlife, and pride in their national cricket team. Faced with funding a war and weathering a global financial crisis, Sri Lanka's proud population has been doing it tough for a few years. But equipped with a stellar combination of scenery, culture and history, a growing focus on sustainable tourism and a more settled society, Sri Lanka is firmly back on the radar for curious travelers seeking unique experiences.
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Democratic Socialist Republic
65.610 km² km²
20.065.000 inhabitants people.
Three quarters of the population are Sinhalese and the rest are Muslims and Tamils.
The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, but also speak Malay and English.
70% of the population is Buddhist, 15% are Hindus and the rest are Muslims and Christians.
Sigiriya - Lion Stairs
Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantations