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Sri Lanka Tourism

A tear-drop falling from the southern tip of peninsular India, suspended on the blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka was known over the centuries, as 'The Pearl of the East’, 'Swarndvip’ (Golden Isle) and 'Serendib’ - the root of the word 'serendipity’ – the faculty of making happy discoveries by accident – names which, though rather grandiose, are not too far from the truth.

Sri Lanka has always epitomised the exotic – a place where the earth opens up to yield precious bounty of 'pigeon blood' rubies and bright green emeralds, of yellow and blue sapphires as big as rocks and sloping tiers of rubber, tea, coffee and spice plantations on hillsides. Although tiny, Sri Lanka is one of the world’s major tourist destinations, with enough spice gardens, temples, elephants and tea plantations to hold its own against the rest of the Far East.

Sri Lanka is also known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Savour a cup of Sri Lankan tea which is the largest exporting commodity here.

Before 1972 Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon.

Sri Lanka boasts of an elephant orphanage, with over 80 elephants- Every year the trained elephants display their skills at a special program. So flock to the country to witness it yourself!

Cinnamon, the fragrant spice, is said to have originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.

Interestingly Sri Lanka is regarded to be one of the first countries in the world to have a woman as a democratically elected Prime Minister.


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