ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Sri Jayawardenapura
COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Colombo
It is an island, situated at the tip of the Indian Sub Continent. You can see breathtaking sights of beaches, hills, lakes, wildlife etc, all in an island of approximately 66,000 km². Sri Lanka has a coast line of 1,341 km's.
A population of close to 20 Million. Muslims account for about 8% of the population.
Tropical and warm. In the low-altitute areas the temperature will range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). The temperature in the Central highlands could go as low as 17 °C (62.6 °F).
Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages. English is widely used as well.
GMT+5 1/2 hrs throughout the year
Government: 9 AM to 4 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM
Independence Day: February 4th
Milad-un-Nabi: March 9th
May Day: May 1st
Deepavali (Hindu Festival): October 26th
Christmas: December 25th
Based on the lunar calandar:
Sinhala & Tamil New Year
Tamil Thai Pongal
Vesak (Buddhist Holiday)
Full Moons (Poya Days) are holidays. Most businesses are closed and meats are not sold.
Sri Lankan Rupees
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Police/ Emergencies: 119 or 118
Accident Service: 011 269 1111