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Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
© Sri Lanka Tourist Board
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Flag of Sri Lanka
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. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but neither side has formally withdrawn from the cease-fire.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)
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Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
short form: Sri Lanka
in Tamil: Ilankai
former: Serendib, Ceylon
ISO Country Code: lk
Actual Time: Sun-June-26 03:22
Local Time = UTC +6h
Country Calling Code: +94
Capital: Colombo (pop. 1.3 million--urban area)
(former names: Kalan-totta, Kola-amba-thota)
The city of Sri Jayewardenepura-Kotte is the officially designated capital city and is the seat of Sri Lanka's Parliament, but it is currently just the administrative center.
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (210 000), Moratuwa (200 000), Kandy (150 000), Jaffna (100 000), Galle (80 000), Anuradhapura (50 000).
Independence: 4 February 1948 (from the UK)
Constitution: 31 August 1978.
Location: Asia, South of the Indian subcontinent.
Area: 65,610 km² (25,332 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Coastal plains in the northern third of country; hills and mountains in south-central Sri Lanka rise to 2 133 meters (7 000 ft.).
Climate: Tropical; rainy seasons--light in northeast, fall and winter, with average rainfall of 50 in.; heavy in southwest, summer and fall, with average rainfall of 200 in.
Nationality: Sri Lankan(s).
Population: 20.6 million (2010)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 4145 (year)
Ethnic groups: Sinhalese (74%), Tamils (18%), Moor 7%, Burgher, Malay, and Vedda 1%.
Religions: Buddhism (69%), Hinduism (15%), Christianity (8%), and Islam (7%).
Languages: Sinhala and Tamil (official), English.
Agricultural products: Paddy, maha, yala, rubber, tea, coconut.
Agriculture products: Rice, sugarcane, grains, pulses, oilseed, spices, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs, hides, beef.
Industries: Rubber processing, tea, coconuts, and other agricultural commodities; clothing, cement, petroleum refining, textiles, tobacco.
Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR)
Sri Lanka in numbers
Sri Lanka key statistical data.
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Official Sites of Sri LankaSri Lanka Government
The official web portal of the government of Sri Lanka.
President of Sri Lanka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Peace in Sri Lanka
The history of the conflict in Sri Lanka is long running and complex. The site of the Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) is about issues relating to the Peace Process.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides information on Sri Lanka.
Embassy of Sri Lanka in the U.S.
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.
Sri Lanka Missions Overseas
Address list of Sri Lanka Missions Abroad.
Diplomatic Missions In Sri Lanka
List of foreign embassies in Sri Lanka.
Department of Census and Statistics
Sri Lanka in figures.
Meteorological Department - Sri Lanka
Weather Forecasts and Astronomical Information.
Sri Lanka Map
Administrative Map of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Map
Reference map of Sri Lanka.
Google Earth Sri Lanka
Searchable map and satellite view of Sri Lanka.
Google Earth Colombo
Searchable map and satellite view of Sri Lanka's capital city.
Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
News from Sri LankaColombo Page
Sri Lankan Internet Newspaper.
Sri Lankan news paper.
The widest coverage in Sri Lanka (Lake House Newspapers).
Daily national and international news.
Lanka Business Online
Sri Lanka businesse news.
Official Sri Lanka News
by the Department of Information - Sri Lanka.
Spotlight on Sri Lanka
Infoscope's newsclips from Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka News Web
by info.lk a Sri Lankan portal.
The Sunday Observer
(by Lake House Newspapers)
The Sunday Times
With news related to the conflict of the Tamil people with the predominantly Sinhalese government.
The sinhala e magazine.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
International News Sources
BBC News Country Profile: Sri Lanka
With links to Sri Lanka related news and background information.
Reuters AlertNet - Sri Lanka
Yahoo! News Full Coverage-Sri Lanka
Press agencies news on Sri Lanka
Amnesty International: Sri Lanka
Amnesty International Reports.
Human Rights Watch: Sri Lanka
IRINnews Sri Lanka
UN humanitarian news and analysis.
Reporters sans frontières - Sri Lanka
Annual report 2007 about Press freedom in the country.
Bookmark/share this page
Arts & CultureArchitectural investigations to Sri Lanka
Research on Architectural sites in Sri Lanka by Japanese Waseda University
The Gallery Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's first virtual exhibition shows a collection of photographs and Computer Graphic art with a Sri Lankan flavour.
National Library of Sri Lanka
The National Library and Documentation Centre.
RealAudio Sinhala Songs.
Master musician and most influential force in Sri Lankan music.
Sri Lankan Cricket
The Official Home of Sri Lankan Cricket.
Online dictionary for sinhala, singhalese.
Sinhala and Tamil fonts
Free fonts for download.
NativeWWW Virtual Library - Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan People and Ethnic Groups.
Veddhas: The unspoilt children of nature
Sri Lanka's aboriginal inhabitants.
The Tamil point of view.
Issues concerning the Tamil people and developments in the war-torn northeast.
Business & Economy__Banks
Central Bank of Sri Lanka
National Development Bank of Sri Lanka
Promotes the industrial, agricultural and commercial development in Sri Lanka.
__Chambers of Commerce
National Chamber of Commerce
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
__Import and Export
Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association
Import and Export Control Department
Sri Lanka Export Development Board - EDB
Sri Lanka Business Portal of the premier state organisation dealing with the promotion and development of exports.
Board of Investment of Sri Lanka
__Sri Lanka Products
Sri Lanka Teaboard
Largest exporter of Ceylon tea.
Trading and marketing of Ceylon Tea.
__Sri Lanka business news
Lanka Business Online
SL business news.
Sri Lanka's largest web directory and search engine.
Sri Lanka Yellow Pages
Sri Lankan Airlines
The former Sri Lankan flag carrier Air Lanka. Site provides flight schedules, reservations, vacation information and more.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority
Sri Lanka has four commercial sea ports, Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee and Kankasanthurai. These ports are managed by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Girl selling coconuts © Sri Lanka Tourist Board
Destination Sri Lanka - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Serendib the "resplendent land": the "harbour with mango trees" Colombo (Kola-amba-thota), Dambulla, Galle, Jaffna (Yazhppanam), Kandy (Kanda Uda Rata), Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, adventure, ayurveda, buddhism, temples, elephant riding, biking, hiking, cruising, diving, tours and much more.
Sri Lanka Tourist Board
The Ceylon Tourist Board web sIte provides travel and tourism information.
A travel portal with comprehensive information on travel and tourism in Sri Lanka.
Intended for people interested in Sri Lanka, live in Sri Lanka, want to travel to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan community portal with broad information on country and society.
Sri Lanka Web Server
Sri Lanka portal.
Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Site about the Royal Rock Temple of Dambulla.
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa.
The 'Mount of Remembrance' Sigiriya or Sihigiriya.
Site with comprehensive information about the city of Jaffna.
Official website of Kandy, the city formerly named Senkadagalapura or Kanda Uda Rata.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Official web site of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic; Kandy.
Hotels in Sri Lanka
Find a Hotel in Sri Lanka.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Kandy Perahera Pageant © Sri Lanka Tourist Board
Deepavali Festival © Sri Lanka Tourist Board
EducationLanka Academic Network
Our mission is to enhance educational opportunities in Sri Lanka
University of Colombo
The oldest campus in Sri Lanka
University of Moratuwa
The University has its origins in the Ceylon Technical College of Maradana, which was established in 1893
University of Peradeniya
Successor to the University of Ceylon, the first institution of its kind in the country, founded in 1942.
Science and Research
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Initiate, facilitate and support scientific research by universities, science and technology institutions and scientists.
Monk at Yapahuwa © Sri Lanka Tourist Board
Environment & NatureSri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society
Organization to conserve and preserve the dwindling biodiversity of Sri Lanka.
The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's leading biodiversity exploration and research institution and natural- history publisher.
Overview of the various periods of Sri Lanka's history.
History & Archaeology - Sri Lanka Explorer
Links to history of Ceylon/Sri Lanka
History & Archaeology
by WWW Virtual Library Sri Lanka.
The People of Sri Lanka ... a historical perspective
History of Sri Lanka and its people.
Sri Lanka: The untold story
Background information about Sri Lanka's cultural and social development by Asia Times.
A Buddha of the Royal Rock Temple Dambulla
A gateway to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's largest web directory and search engine.
Sri Lanka web directory.
Additional Information on Sri LankaBBC News - Country profile: Sri Lanka
Open Directory Project: Sri Lanka
Wikipedia: Sri Lanka
The CIA World Factbook -- Sri Lanka
WWW Virtual Library - Sri Lanka
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