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Key Facts

Country Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (former Ceylon)

Location: Between 5o 55’ – 9o 55’ north and 79o 42’ – 81o 52’ east

It’s just: 435 Km from Point Pedro (North) to Dondra Head (South) and 225 Km from Colombo (West) to Point Sangamankanda (East)

A total of 65,610 Sq. Km (25,332 Sq. miles)

Over 1,125 Km of pristine palm-fringed shoreline where one can swim, surf, snorkel, sail or simply soak up the sun…

A population of 20 million + comprises a spectrum of different races, namely Sinhalese (74%), Indigenous and Indian Tamils (12.6% and 5% respectively), Moors and Malays (8%); and “Burghers and others” (0.4%)

Language: Sinhala and Tamil are considered the national languages. English is regarded as the link language and is widely used in business, banking, international trade and tourist oriented activities

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee – is divided into 100 cents. Coins are minted to the value of 0.25, 0.50, 1, 2, 5, 10 and notes come in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 2,000 and 5,000 denominations

Sri Lanka enjoys a balmy tropical climate. In the North West coast temperatures occasionally rise to 100o F (38o C). The climate varies as you travel to the central highlands. The annual average temperature in Colombo is 80o F (27o C). The central highlands of Kandy have an average of 68o F (20o C) and an altitude of 488 meters or 1,600 feet, while Nuwara Eliya, high in the Central Highlands, has an average off to 61o F (16o C)