Why Sri Lanka?
“Lanka” is a name of the island, “Sri” is a name of respect and prosperity. Officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri-Lanka is a tropical island near the equator in the northern Indian Ocean. It’s belongs to the Pre-Cambrian period with the 1700 kilometers coastal belt area and surface of 65610 Square Kilometers. This was known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and it was one of the prime attractions of the Indian Ocean in early days. Sri Lanka was known in several different names by different nations who came to Sri-Lanka through the ancient silk route for different trading a long time ago. The mother land of Sri Lanka was Taprobane of the Greeks, the Ceilao of Portuguese, Ceilan of Dutch, Serendib of Arabs, the Island of gems of King Solomon, and the “land without sorrow” of the ancient Chinese and Ceylon for British.
According to the Great Chronicle Mahawansa, The first Indo-Aryan group arrived in Sri-Lanka from northern India in 6th Centaury B.C. then they established in Sri-Lanka near by the river valleys, because their main occupation was agriculture. Buddhism was introduced to Sri-Lanka in 247 B.C. by the Arahath Mahinda, the son of empire Asoka in India, within few years Buddhism flourish in the whole island and monasteries began, dazzling white colour Stupa or Dageba is an indispensable feature of almost every Buddhist monastery in Sri-Lanka which occupy sites of considerable natural beauty of the country. For around 2000 years this was an independent country until 1505 A.D. when the maritime areas came under the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch and from 2nd of march 1815 the entire land became a colony of the British until regaining the independence on 04th february 1948 and Ceylon became a republic in 1972 and changed it’s name to “Sri-Lanka”.
This is a multi ethnic, multi religious, and multi cultural country, there is a population of 21 million a majority of Sinhalese, followed by Tamils, Muslim and Burgher with different religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. They all belong to Sri-Lanka, as “Sri-Lankans”. The terrorist problems of Sri-Lanka is now over, come and see for yourself a delightful and peaceful paradise in the world with delightful people always very friendly, smiling, helpful and hospitable.
Rich natural resources of the country, including 21 national parks with high bio-diversity flora and fauna, bird watching hotspot including 33 endemic birds. Paddy cultivation in a large scale of Sri-Lanka with support of the more than 10,000 artificial lakes or tank networks which give prosperity to the nation. Sri-Lanka consists of 1700 kilometers costal belt area including one of the best beaches in the world such as Unawatuna, Trincomalee (Nelaweli), Pasi-kuda, Arugambe (including international windsurfing map) and you can see 5species of sea turtles out of 7species in the world. Sri-Lanka is a destination within 6 hours you can see one of the largest mammals on the land the “Elephant” and the largest mammal in the sea “Blue Whales”. There are 8 world heritage sites declared by UNISCO including the 8th wonder of the world the Sigiriya rock fortress. Misty hill country covered with tea plantations, waterfalls and panoramic sceneries, which give the world best Ceylon Tea, Spices for aromatic cuisines, precious stones (world best blue sapphire), Indigenous ayurweda medicine are some of the main attractions of the Sri-Lanka.