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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a place where warmth awaits and welcomes each and every person who steps into it. Those who enter will be embraced by its nature, people, culture, and beauty. This work of art is dedicated to show you that the strong appeal it carries can make you feel at home as I felt myself.

Geography

Sri Lanka is situated on the south eastern part of Asia. Sir Lanka has a varied terrain but it mainly consists of flat lands but south-central portion of the country’s interior features mountain and step sided river canyons. The flatter regions are the areas where most of Sri Lanka’s agriculture takes place, aside from coconut farms along the coast.

Sri Lanka’s climate is tropical and the southwestern part of the island is the wettest. Most of the rain in the southwest falls from April to June and October to November. The northeastern part of Sri Lanka is drier and most of its rain falls from December to February. Sri Lanka’s average yearly temperature is around 86°F to 91°F (28°C to 31°C).

Political situation, population, language, history

The total population in Sri Lanka was last recorded at 20.5 million people in 2013 from 9.9 million in 1960, changing 107 percent during the last 50 years.

The common ethnic groups in Sri Lanka are Sinhalese (74%), Tamil (9%), Sri Lankan Moor (7%) and other (10%)

The history of Sri Lanka is deeply intertwined in the early accounts of Sri Lanka. Did the Buddha leave his footprint on Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) while visiting the island that lay halfway to paradise? Or was it Adam who left his footprint embedded in the rock while taking a last look at Eden? Was the chain of islands linking Sri Lanka to India the same chain that Rama crossed to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Rawana, demon king of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana?

The first entries in the Mahavamsa or Great History date back to 543BC, which coincides with the arrival of Prince Vijaya in Sri Lanka. Some 300 years later, commenced the early Anuradhapura Period, with King Devanampiya Tissa as the first ruler. It was in this period that a sapling of the sacred Bo Tree, under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, was brought to Sri Lanka.

The late Anuradhapura Period, which began in the year 459, saw the reign of King Kasyapa, and the construction of Sigiriya. The Polonnaruwa period, witnessed the transfer of the capital from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 1073. Famed explorer, Marco Polo, arrived in Sri Lanka in the period between 1254 and 1324, and, in 1505, the Portuguese landed, and occupied the island’s coastal regions.

Culture

The culture is itself very unique and thereby contributes to the Sri Lankan identity. Sri Lankan culture includes a lot of customs and rituals, whish date to more than 2000 years which were handed down from generation to generation. The most prominent feature of the Sri Lankan is its colourful festivals , which is one of the main tourist attractions. Religion plays an important role in molding the Sri Lankan culture and traditions.

Tourism

Sri Lanka is one of the leading romantic destinations in the whole world. The land of serendipity brings spiritual tranquility and a chance to rediscover oneself. The beauty of this tiny island is simply breath-taking. Known for its enchanting ancient ruins, endless soft-sanded beaches, imposing mountains, colorful festivals, tempting water sports, dense wild-life, diverse ethnical groups and off the top hospitality from the local residents Sri Lanka is bound to make you come back again.

Sports in Sri Lanka

Sport in Sri Lanka is a significant part of Sri Lankan culture. Volleyball is the national sport in Sri Lanka. But Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Rugby union is also popular. Other popular sports are water sports, badminton, athletics, football, basketball and tennis. Sri Lanka’s schools and colleges usually organize sports and athletics teams, competing on provincial and national levels.