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Sri Lanka Travel Guide
Basic FactsLocation: South Asia
Area: 25,300 square miles (65,610 square kilometers)
Population: About 21 million
Language: Sinhalese and Tamil are official languages; English is recognized
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Time Zone: UTC+5:30
Administrative Division: nine provinces and twenty-five districts
Religions and Beliefs: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
Top destinations: Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Nuwara Eliya
Top attractions: Sigiriya Lion Rock, Temple of Tooth Relic, Horton Plains National Park, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya (Dambulla Cave Temple), Yala National Park
Other distinctive attractions: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mackwoods Tea Factory
Best Time to GoGenerally January to March is the best time for traveling to Sri Lanka, as the weather is the most comfortable with little rain and moderate temperature. Christmas is also a good choice and many Europeans would go there to spend their winters. Besides, it would be busy in July and August, thanks to a famous local celebration Nawam.
There are only dry season and wet season in the country - the heavy rain might appear only in May and part time of November. The annual average temperature is 85℉(30℃), so it is necessary to bring the sunscreen, parasols, and mosquito-repellent perfume. However, try to keep warm and bring clothes like sweaters and down jackets in the mountainous regions because the weather differs sharply during day and night there.
①. The coach is popular in most cities and towns. It is crowded though cheap.
②. To rent a car is the most suggested choice. It is flexible and most efficient.
③. The railway network centered on Colombo has been built increasingly perfect. Trains except the third-class carriages are more comfortable than coaches. It has been a must during Sri Lanka travel, especially the travel to tea gardens and the coast.
④. The taxi is common, no matter what size the town is in Sri Lanka. It is a wiser choice than TukTuk for visitors if the distance is long.
⑤. TukTuk is ubiquitous in Sri Lanka. Make an agreement on the price with the diver before getting on, and try to bargain as possible as you can.
HistorySri Lanka was the colony of Portugal and the Netherlands respectively in the 15th century, and was ruled by the British in the 17th century. It is still a member of the Common Wealth after its independence. This history adds special charm to the local cultural relics - many historic constructions have the colonial marks of the Netherlands or Britain, such as Kandy National Museum, National Museum, Galle Fort and Colombo Muncipal Council.
Geographical FeaturesSri Lanka Island appears on the Indian Ocean like a pear, called "the most beautiful island" by Marco Polo (a famous Italian traveler to Asia in 13th century). The middle-southern part is plateaus with green lush plants, while northern and coastal regions are plains. There are many rivers originates from high mountains in the middle area, forming abundant lakes in the eastern plains. All these contribute to the beautiful natural scenery and landscapes of the country.