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Sri Lanka - A Land Worth Visiting!

A brief description of Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean

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Sri Lanka - A Land Worth Visiting!

  1. 1. Sri Lanka A land worth visiting! By Ajithaa Edirimane
  2. 2. Sri Lanka
  3. 3. Geographical Location <ul><li>Former names - </li></ul><ul><li>Silan Diva – (island of gems) </li></ul><ul><li>Taprobane </li></ul><ul><li>Serendib </li></ul><ul><li>Ceilao </li></ul><ul><li>Ceylon </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Lanka – name changed in 1972 </li></ul>An Island in the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka India
  4. 4. Separated from India by the Palk Strait Land area 67,000 sq.miles.
  5. 5. Topogrophy and Provinces - <ul><ul><li>9 Provinces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 million people </li></ul></ul>North East Monsoon Dec. - March South - West Monsoon June – Oct.
  6. 6. People Religions and Languages <ul><li>Sinhalese – 80% </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhists 70% and Christians 30% </li></ul><ul><li>Tamil - 8% </li></ul><ul><li>Hindus (majority) and Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Moslems, Malay, Burgher (mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and British descendents) - 12% </li></ul><ul><li>High literacy rate – 90.1% </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Photos on this page by: Ajithaa Edirimane </li></ul>Colombo Capital of Sri Lanka Population: 2 million Tallest buildings in South Asia
  9. 9. <ul><li>Central hills </li></ul><ul><li>Lakes and rivers </li></ul><ul><li>Mahaweli – 506 miles </li></ul>Photos on this page by: Ajithaa Edirimane
  10. 10. Tea Estate in the central hill country
  11. 11. Sunny beaches all around the island Temp. 25c – 32c
  13. 13. <ul><li>Sri Lanka: </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the World's 25 </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Spots </li></ul><ul><li>(Belonging to one of Earth’s </li></ul><ul><li>Biologically Richest </li></ul><ul><li>and Most Endangered Eco-regions) </li></ul><ul><li>To fall in to this </li></ul><ul><li>Category, the region should </li></ul><ul><li>contain at least 1500 endemic </li></ul><ul><li>Species and have lost </li></ul><ul><li>70% of its original habitat </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>23% of the flowering </li></ul><ul><li>plants and 16% of the </li></ul><ul><li>mammals in the </li></ul><ul><li>island are endemic </li></ul><ul><li>to Sri Lanka </li></ul>Photo by : Ajithaa Edirimane
  15. 15. Sri Lanka is a birds paradise with 435 resident species, out of which, 26 are endemic to Sri Lanka
  16. 16. <ul><li>SIGIRIYA </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Fortress in the Sky’ </li></ul><ul><li>(477 – 495 AD) </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO World </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage Site </li></ul>
  17. 17. View of the Sigiriya rock surface
  18. 18. SIGIRIYA FRESCOES (painted 2000 years ago) Only 19 remain today out of 500 - Covers an area 140 meters in length and 40 meters high
  19. 19. Kandy 16 A.D.- 1815 UNESCO World Heritage site <ul><li>Dalada </li></ul><ul><li>Maligawa </li></ul><ul><li>Tooth relic of </li></ul><ul><li>Lord Buddha </li></ul><ul><li>brought to </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>in 4 A.D. </li></ul>
  20. 20. ECONOMY
  21. 21. Economy <ul><li>Open economy since ‘77 </li></ul><ul><li>Major Exports - </li></ul><ul><li>Tea, Rubber, Coconut, </li></ul><ul><li>Gems, Garments </li></ul>
  22. 22. Major revenue <ul><li>Textiles and garments account for more than 60% of the GDP. </li></ul><ul><li>5 Investment Zones with tax exemptions for investors </li></ul><ul><li>Industries - food processing, </li></ul><ul><li>textiles and apparel, food and beverages, </li></ul><ul><li>telecommunications, insurance and </li></ul><ul><li>banking. </li></ul>
  23. 23. LAW & GOVERNANCE
  24. 24. Supreme Court of Sri Lanka Law: Mixture of English Common Law, Roman Dutch Law and customary laws; Kandyan Law, Tamil Thesavalami Law, Muslim Law Parliament (225 seats); Members elected by popular vote on the basis of a modified proportional representation system by district to serve six-year terms.
  25. 25. THE END What lies ahead? Future of the Country Sri Lanka has just come out of a 30 year civil war. It is a country with an educated and intelligent workforce, mostly English speaking. Infrastructure; roadways and Telecommunications, are now being rapidly developed to meet the rising demands of a liberated nation. Prospects for the future are promising.