Geography of Sri
Socialist Republic of Sri Lank is an island nation in South
Asia. Until 1972 it was called Ceylon. Most of the island is a
plain with outcrops of rocks and mesas. The Southern part of the
island is occupied by low mountains. The highest point on the
island is Mount Pidurutalagala (2524 m).
Weather in Sri
The climate on
the island is tropical. The best time to visit the country is
from October to April. Monsoon season usually from May to July.
In November and December rains are possible. The water
temperature is at average of 26 degrees Celsius.
traditions of Sri Lanka
You can not enter
the territory of the temple in shorts or short skirt. Exposing
back and shoulders is also not recommended. At the entrance to
the temple you must remove your shoes and headgear. You might
want to get several pairs of socks. After you leave the temple
you can also disinfect the soles of your feet. Furthermore it is
not advisable to take pictures or shoot video without permission
of the local residents. Turning your back toward statue of
Buddha might also be viewed as offensive to local believes.
Pointing fingers, grabbing something with the left hand, showing
soles of feet or footwear to people are also viewed as offensive
gestures. Many animals are considered sacred. Hindus for example
consider a cow sacred. Another problems are monkeys. They are
sacred and feel that way. They often steal possessions of the
tourists and hitting them might give you more troubles with the
numbers in Sri Lanka
Emergency service 120
Politics in Sri
Sri Lanka is a
Democratic Socialist Republic that is part of the Commonwealth
of the former British Empire. The head of the state and
government is the president who has wide powers comparing to
other countries. The legislature is a single chambered
parliament, the National State Assembly.
Language in Sri
language in the country is Sinhala. Although most of population
also speaks English.
Religion in Sri
Buddhists make up
the majority of the country at 69%, Hindus take second place
with 15%. Additionally 8% of the country are Christians and
another 8% are Muslims.
Safety in Sri
Sri Lanka is a
tropical country with hot moist climate so it is full of
unexpected and unpleasant surprises and hygiene concerns. It is
not recommended to drink tap water or buy ice from the streets.
They are often infected. Drink bottled water and use plenty of
soap before you eat. Do not let the seller cut the fruit with
his knife. This is a generally common area of malaria, Japanese
encephalitis, Hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, Bengali,
diphtheria, tetanus, rabies, dengue fever and etc. It is
advisable to check if all of your vaccinations are in check.