With its 65,610 square kilometres, Sri Lanka's landscape goes from sandy beaches, rises to misty-top mountains, explodes into rain forests, and flattens into marshy mangrove swamps. Within 5 hours of driving, travellers experience temperatures from 30°C to 5°C. This geological happenstance results in something for everyone: fancy lazing around in warm, sandy beaches? Sri Lanka has you covered. A trek through misty, virtually untouched mountain tops? Sri Lanka's got it. Water sports? Sri Lanka is fast becoming a favourite among rafting enthusiasts. Surfing? The southern and eastern coasts are a world surfer community secrets that await surfers and their boards to discover their glory.
All this rich variety inside a tiny island that it is nothing less than a miracle.
21 million people of various ethnicities inhabit Sri Lanka. The prominent ethnic groups are by percentage, 75% Sinhalese, 15% Tamil, 9% Moors and Other 1%.
Time Zone & International Dialing Code
Sri Lanka is 5 ½ hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Meridian Time, 2 ½ hours ahead of Singapore and 5 ½ hours behind Australia EST. The International Dialing Code is +94.
The World Health Organization declared Sri Lanka malaria-free in 2016. Sri Lanka was one of the malaria-affected countries in the mid-20th century, however the nation’s Anti-Malaria Campaign successfully targeted and eviscerated the mosquito-borne parasite that causes the disease.