Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The legislative capital, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo. The plethora of water sports, breathtaking sunsets, sprawling tea gardens and of course, mouth-watering Sri Lankan food, spectacular beaches, thousand-year-old Buddhist temples, an abundance of wildlife, and rich archaeological history are sure to make you fall in love with this gorgeous place. Drawing its influence from its neighboring countries of the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia. Sri Lanka has become a very popular destination for tourist and Sri Lanka ranked No 1 travel destination in 2019 by Lonely Planet.
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil, while English is a well-recognized language. The religions that are praised in Sri Lanka are Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The currency used in Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). Foreign travellers can exchange major currencies in cash at any bank or exchange bureau including US dollars, euros and British pounds. The time zone is calculated as UTC+5.30 (SLST). The travellers around the world who wish to drive around Sri Lanka must take the left driving side.
Festivals in Sri Lanka
In April, Sri Lankans celebrate the Buddhist and Hindu New Year festival. Esala Perahera is a symbolic Buddhist festival consisting of dances and decorated elephants held in Kandy in July and August. Fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances are integral parts of the festival. Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Tamils celebrate Thai Pongal and Maha Shivaratri, and Muslims celebrate Hajj and Ramadan.
Sri Lanka is a must-visit for those looking for the best of everything.