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About Sri Lanka
The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.

It’s climate can be described as tropical, and rather hot. Its position between 5 and 10 north latitude endows the country with a warm climate, moderated by ocean winds and considerable moisture. The mean temperature ranges from a low of 16°C in the areas of Nuwara Eliya located in the Central Highlands to a high of 32° C in Trincomalee on the northeast coast where temperatures may even reach up to 38 °C. The average yearly temperature for the country as a whole ranges from 28 to 30 °C. Day and night temperatures may vary while January is the coolest month,

Sri Lanka known as the pearl in the Indian ocean is described as a paradise on earth and an Island of exotic beauty with warm friendly people. Marco Polo the legendry traveler considered Sri Lanka to be the finest island of its size on earth. The sheer variety of topography, ecology and cultural diversity sets the island apart from many other travel destinations in the world. The country can boast of every conceivable landscape other than snow-capped habitats. From golden palm fringed beaches caressed by the Indian ocean to the Islands multitudinous layers that slope upwards to form plains, paddy fields and dense rainforests. Streams cascade in to waterfalls and rapids to become sedate rivers before flowing in to the open expanses of the sea.

Sri Lanka is also a haven for an astonishing variety of flora, fauna and avifauna. The many wildlife and nature reserves are home to almost 100 species of mammals, such as Elephants, Leopards. Sloath Bear, Sambur, Deer, Wild Boar, Buffalo, Porcupine and monkeys to name a few, There are also over 100 amphibians and almost 200 different reptiles to be seen, many of which are endemic species, the list just goes on and on with almost 250 butterfly and over 100 dragonfly and fish species. The abundance of Sri Lanka’s bird life makes it an ornithologists paradise. Of over 400 recorded species, 226 of which are resident and no less than 26 endemic to the Island. For the botanist this is indeed a land of plenty, the diversified climate allows for tropical as well as sub tropical trees to thrive. The luxuriant undergrowth and the majestic trees of the wet-zone tropical forest contrast with the acid scrub land talipot palms of the dry North. The Islands culture one of the oldest in the world spans more than 2,500 years. The remains of Sri Lanka’s ancient and medieval civilizations, palaces, monasteries, shrines and temples bear witness to thriving kingdoms of a bygone era. Sri Lanka today retains many of its charms. Its rich cultural heritage has for many centuries attracted visitors and conquerors from all over the world, these reminders of the past are so outstanding that UNESCO has attested no less than 7 world heritage sites
So come, explore and live all that can be life. Sri Lanka. A land like no other.

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