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Sri Lanka Flag The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, just ot the South of India. Sri Lanka, which before 1972 was known as "Ceylon", is known for being a bastion of both Buddhism and Hinduism, and for its production of cinnamon, coconuts, coffee, rubber, and especially, tea.

As of 2009, the population of Sri Lanka was estimated as being 20,238,000. The country's capital since 1982, is Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte (also known as "Sri Jayawardenapura" or "Kotte") and, as of 2001, had a population of 115,826. Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte lies just to the East of Sri Lanka's former capital and largest city, Colombo, which, as of 2001, had a population of 647,100 in the city itself, and, as of 2006, had a total population of 5,648,000 in the combined city and metropolitan area.

Sri Lanka Country Details


Country Name Sri Lanka
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southern Asia
Flag Sri Lanka Flag
Principal Languages
  • Sinhalese
  • Tamil
  • Capital Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte


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    Lonely Planet Sri Lanka (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet & Stuart Butler

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    Lonely Planet Sri Lanka (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow in the footsteps of Buddha and modern-day pilgrims to the summit of Adam's Peak, wander the crumbling ruins and lost cities of the cultural triangle in the heart of the island or explore undiscovered beaches on the recently reopened east coast; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sri Lanka and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Sri Lanka Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - tea, cuisine, wildlife, history
    • More than 50 maps
    • Covers Colombo, Galle, South, West and East coasts, the hill country, Jaffna, the ancient cities and more

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Stuart Butler, Iain Stewart.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sri Lanka
    By DK

    EYEWITNESS
    Released: 2016-09-20
    Paperback (288 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sri Lanka
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sri Lanka is your in-depth guide to the very best of this beautiful and diverse country.

    Explore Sri Lanka region-by-region, from Colombo and the beaches on its idyllic west coast to Kandy and the Hill Country to Jaffna and the north. Visit Yala National Park to see wildlife, play a game of cricket, and take a pilgrimage to Adam's Peak.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sri Lanka.

       • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights.
       • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
       • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sri Lanka truly shows you this country as no one else can.

    Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

    Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Travel, Sri Lanka Holidays, Colombo, Kandy, Galle)
    By 101 Coolest Things

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    Paperback (52 pages)

    Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Travel, Sri Lanka Holidays, Colombo, Kandy, Galle)
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    Congratulations! You've Found the Ultimate Guide to Sri Lanka Travel!
    You are super lucky to be going to Sri Lanka, and this guide will let you know all of the coolest things to do, see, and eat around the country, in places like Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Ella, Tangalla, Mirissa, Utuwatuna, Jaffna, and more.

    Why You Need 101 Coolest Things to Do in Sri Lanka
    This Sri Lanka guide will give you the lowdown on:

    • the very best things to shove in your pie hole, from comfort food like Sri Lankan chicken curry through to the best seafood restaurants to get a taste of the Indian ocean
    • incredible festivals, whether you would like to party on the beach or discover Colombo’s burgeoning arts scene
    • the coolest historical and cultural sights that you simply cannot afford to miss like monasteries hidden away in caves or museums that can teach you about the history of Buddhism in the country
    • the most incredible outdoor adventures, whether you want to have a canyoning adventure on the Kelani river or you’d like to try deep sea fishing
    • and tonnes more coolness besides!
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    The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka
    By Rough Guides

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    Released: 2015-11-03
    Paperback (472 pages)

    The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka
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    The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka is the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to exploring this fascinating island country. Each chapter includes thoroughly researched travel information, hotel and restaurant listings, and thoughtful background on the environment, politics, culture, music and history, and a practical language guide ensures you can interact with locals. The full-color design combines glorious images to whet your appetite with a practical layout and dozens of accessible and accurate maps to guide you from the urban centers to the jungle, beaches and mountains.

    Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka.

    Insight Guides: Explore Sri Lanka (Insight Explore Guides)
    By Insight Guides

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    Insight Guides: Explore Sri Lanka (Insight Explore Guides)
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    The lure of golden sands entices visitors to Sri Lanka, but this Indian Ocean island is also home to ancient cities, diverse cultures and accessible wildlife. Insight Guide Explore Sri Lanka is the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 12 easy-to-follow routes around the country, now a blockbuster travel destination.
    Inside Explore Sri Lanka:
    Discover the bustling capital of Colombo and the tea terraces in the hill country, by way of charming Galle Fort and the cultural triangle's great Buddhist temples.
    Experience the country's mouthwatering rice and curry-based cuisine and a performance of Kandyan drumming.
    � Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Sri Lanka's shopping, entertainment options, wealth of activities on offer and key historical dates.
    � Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical informationincluding a range of carefully selected accommodation to suit all budgets.
    Pull-out map with useful plotted routes.
    Evocative photography captures Sri Lanka's highly-varied and stunning tropical island scenery.

    About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

    'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

    Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka (Vintage Departures)
    By John Gimlette

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    Released: 2017-03-21
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    Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka (Vintage Departures)
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    “Brilliant.” —The Daily Telegraph
     
    No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. In Elephant Complex, he ventures into Sri Lanka, a country only now emerging from twenty-six years of civil war. Beginning in the exuberant capital, Colombo, Gimlette ventures out in all directions: to the dry zones where the island’s 5,800 wild elephants congregate around ancient reservoirs; through cinnamon country with its Portuguese forts; to the “Bible Belt” of Buddhism; then up into Kandy, the country’s eccentric, aristocratic Shangri-la. In the course of his journey, Gimlette meets farmers, war heroes, cricketers, terrorists, a former president, survivors of great massacres—and perhaps some of their perpetrators. That’s to say nothing of the island’s beguiling fauna: elephants, crocodiles, snakes, storks, and the greatest concentration of leopards on Earth. Here is a land of beauty and devastation, a place at once heavenly and hellish—all brought to vibrant, fascinating life here on the page.
    Lonely Planet Sinhala (Sri Lanka) Phrasebook & Dictionary (Lonely Planet Phrasebook and Dictionary)
    By Lonely Planet

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    Lonely Planet Sinhala (Sri Lanka) Phrasebook & Dictionary (Lonely Planet Phrasebook and Dictionary)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's #1 phrasebook publisher*

    Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Sinhalese phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Ask for in-the-know recommendations of cosy tucked-away beaches, bargain at a vegetable market, and mingle at a local cricket match; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!

    Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation!

    • Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings
    • Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder
    • Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips
    • Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary
    • Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology
    • Meet friends with conversation starter phrases
    • Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides

    Inside Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook & Dictionary:

    • Full-color throughout
    • User-friendly layout organized by travel scenario categories
    • Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues

    Convenient features

    • 5 Phrases to Learn Before You Go
    • 10 Ways to Start a Sentence
    • 10 Phrases to Sound like a Local
    • Listen For - key phrases you may hear
    • Look For - key phrases you may see on signs
    • Shortcuts - easy-to-remember alternatives to the full phrases
    • Q&A - suggested answers to questions asked

    Covers

    • Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation rules, reading tips, grammar rules
    • Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodations, directions, border crossing, transport
    • Social - introductions, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather
    • Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions
    • Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook & Dictionary , a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Swarna Pragnaratne.

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, and has been connecting travellers and locals for over 25 years with phrasebooks for 120 languages, more than any other publisher! With an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves. The world awaits!

    Check out our Fast Talk Phrasebook mobile app for on-the-go language needs. (Available languages: German, Latin Spanish, European Spanish, French, and Italian.)

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    Insight Guides: Sri Lanka
    By Insight Guides

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    Insight Guides: Sri Lanka
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    Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventure

    The lure of golden sands entices visitors to Sri Lanka, but this Indian Ocean island is also home to ancient cities, diverse cultures, and accessible wildlife. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide Sri Lanka, a comprehensive full-color guide, and discover all that this beguiling tropical isle has to offer.



    Inside Insight Guide Sri Lanka:


    • A fully-updated edition by our expert Sri Lanka author.


    • Stunning, specially-commissioned photography that brings this beautiful country and its people to life.


    • Highlights of the country's top attractions, including the old world charms of Galle Fort and the dramatic rock-fortress of Sigiriya, in our Best of Sri Lanka.


    • Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from bustling capital Colombo to the lush tea plantations of the Hill Country and beaches of the south.


    • Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best restaurants.




    About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years’ experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers’ needs. Insight Guides’ unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.



    ‘Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.’ - Wanderlust Magazine

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