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Kandy Day Private Tour. Colombo. Sri Lanka - A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without a visit to the most charming city - Kandy! On this private tour explore enroute the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, tea factory and in Kandy discover the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Royal Botanical Gardens.. .

6 Day Sri Lanka Highlights Tour. Colombo. Sri Lanka - Soak up the beauty, history and culture of Sri Lanka on this private extended tour. Explore holy temples, a Elephant park, Sri Lankan Tea Plantation, Spice Markets and a Rock Fortress, with the luxury of your own private guide..

Ratnapura Day Private Tour. Colombo. Sri Lanka - Interested in fine gems? Then dont miss this private tour while visiting Sri Lanka and have your chance to purchase some exquisite gems, such as cats eyes, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine, garnet and a host of others. Visit Ratnapura, know as the City of Gems and the center of Sri Lanksas gem mining industry.

4 Day Sri Lanka Sojourn Tour. Colombo. Sri Lanka - This tour is based in Colombo and gives you the opportunity to explore this unique city as well as venturing out into the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. If you are limited for time but want to see as much as you can with your own private guide this tour is for you..

4 Day Ancient Capital Tour of Colombo. Colombo. Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka - A tear drop in the ocean. This is a small island with a big history.

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GENERAL DETAILS - Sri Lanka


Map of Sri Lanka CAPITAL CITY OF Sri Lanka: Colombo

LANGUAGE OF Sri Lanka: English

CURRENCY OF Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

CLIMATE OF Sri Lanka: tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)

ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Sri Lanka: In 1977, Colombo abandoned statist economic policies and its import substitution trade policy for market-oriented policies and export-oriented trade. Sri Lanka's most dynamic sectors now are food processing, textiles and apparel, food and beverages, telecommunications, and insurance and banking. In 2003, plantation crops made up only 15% of exports (compared with 93% in 1970), while textiles and garments accounted for 63%. GDP grew at an average annual rate of 5.5% in the early 1990s until a drought and a deteriorating security situation lowered growth to 3.8% in 1996. The economy rebounded in 1997-2000 with average growth of 5.3%, but 2001 saw the first contraction in the country's history, -1.4%, due to a combination of power shortages, severe budgetary problems, the global slowdown, and continuing civil strife. Growth recovered to 4.0% in 2002 and to 5.2% in both 2003 and 2004. About 800,000 Sri Lankans work abroad, 90% in the Middle East. They send home about $1 billion a year. The struggle by the Tamil Tigers of the north and east for a largely independent homeland continues to cast a shadow over the economy. In late December 2004, a major tsunami took nearly 40,000 lives in Sri Lanka and caused massive destruction of property.

POPULATION OF Sri Lanka: 20,064,776 since the outbreak of hostilities between the government and armed Tamil separatists in the mid-1980s, several hundred thousand Tamil civilians have fled the island; as of yearend 2000, approximately 65,000 were housed in 131 refugee camps in south India, another 40,000 lived outside the Indian camps, and more than 200,000 Tamils have sought refuge in the West (July 2005 est.)

RELIGION OF Sri Lanka: Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 7% (1999)

COMMENTS ABOUT Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is in Southern Asia.
Cities : Colombo (capital), Beregala, Galle, Kandy, Matara, Nuwara Elya, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa
Electricity : 230V/50Hz
Calling Code : +94
Time Zone : UTC+5:30
The Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced beginning in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty seized power in the north and established a Tamil kingdom. Occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century, the island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. Tens of thousands have died in an ethnic conflict that continues to fester. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam formalized a cease-fire in February 2002, with Norway brokering peace negotiations.

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