70 years of the twentieth century, the island of Sri Lanka had a different name – Ceylon. Around the world know about Ceylon tea – and to this day tourists come here specifically to look at the beautiful tea plantations . But this is not the only thing here flocking people from all little corner of the earth.
Tourism in Sri Lanka
Everybody can find this kind of leisure, what is right for him. People who want a break from the bustle of civilization, will find in Sri Lanka beautiful conservation areas with the cleanest air, huge parks and grand waterfalls. Here you can escape from the hustle and enjoy socializing with each other and with nature.
Beaches of Sri Lanka
If you want to just passively story holiday great white sand beaches and the warm rays of the sunshine – at your service. For those who want to improve their health, given the opportunity to do this with aromatherapy orayurvedic medicine – a special system of medicine that has its roots in antiquity.
For lovers of extreme island of Sri Lanka has prepared many interesting things: climbing, an exciting river rafting, scuba diving and jungle trekking, surfing, windsurfing and fishing are extremely addictive!
Like adventure? And for you there is a huge number of exciting secrets and mysteries of this beautiful country.Why are there only: the ships that sunk hundreds, and even thousands of years ago; underwater maze of reefs.All over the island you can find a wide variety of museums, churches, monasteries and other architectural structures associated with significant events in history. On the streets of Sri Lanka faces many traders and sell a wide variety of gadgets that you can buy as a souvenir to your friends – you can buy jewelry very interesting stones, piggy bank ivory, various handmade jewelry and more.
Total area of Sri Lanka 65.6 thousand km 2 . Length of Sri Lanka is 350 km 2 , width – 180 km 2 .
The island is located in the southern part of Asia, in the south-west by Hindustan, from which it is separated and Manarskim Polkskim straits. Also, the country is washed by the Indian Ocean.
The island has two capitals. One official called Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, where the parliament and the Supreme Court sits. And second – informal but equally important – Colombo , where there are government and residence of the President.
The climate on the island fickle. In mountainous parts of Sri Lanka the average annual temperature of 16 C to 24 C. In the rest of the island annual average of about 29 C. In the period between May and September on the island rains this monsoon season brings.
Winter time in Sri Lanka for four hours going forward, compared with Kiev. Summer – three.
The official currency is Lanka Rupee. 1 rupee is equal to 100 cents. In the course of such bills denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. Also in circulation coins go following: 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 cents and 1, 2, 5 rupees.
Singhal – so the official language on the island of Sri Lanka. But also nearly equal to the official languages - Tamil and English.
Most of the population professes Buddhism – almost 70%. Tamils, who make up roughly 20% are Hindus.There are a small number of people, followers of Roman Catholicism and Islam.
Sri Lankan cuisine is very spicy, based on European and Indian cooking. Herbs and spices – the main components of virtually all meals.
Lankan cuisine is famous for rice and curry – a special combination of burning a variety of components. Any dish such seasoning gives a special unforgettable taste.
But are most common on the island of various fruits that you can buy at very low prices. Any exotics at your disposal: bananas, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, oranges, avocados, coconuts
Many Sri Lpnke and sweet dishes that are based on the rice flour. A coconut turns a great brew, which has the name Arak is the national alcoholic beverage Lankans.
Features of behavior
– You need to take off your shoes and a hat when you go to the temple;
– With the monks to behave respectfully, in any case can not touch them, clap on the shoulder or speak to them;
– Public transport can not sit on the front seats, because they are designed for monks;
– Walking in an embrace, kissing each other smoking in public places;
– Take photos near any Buddha images – you can, but standing back to them – is strictly prohibited.
On departure from the island, you have to pay about $ 10 – a mandatory fee, while the airport.
Can be imported:
– Up to 2 bottles of wine (each up to 0.75 L);
– Up to 1, 5 liters of other alcoholic beverages;;
– Up to 250 ml eau de toilette;
– Up to 60 grams of perfume;
– Cigarette products subject to duty.
Need special permission to export:
– Big-ticket items;
– Collection of coins and stamps;
– Raw precious and semiprecious stones.