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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, called Ceylon in the past, is an island country in the Indiam Ocean, south of India

Sri Lanka has more than 2,550 years of continuous written history by means of the Mahawansha, and was also mentioned in several ancient Indian texts. One of the most famous is the Ramayana, in which the island, which was referred to as Lanka, was the island fortress of the king Ravana.

The Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century BC, probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced beginning in about the mid-3rd century BC, and a great civilization developed at such cities as Anuradhapura (kingdom from c. 200 BC to c. 1000 AD) and Polonnaruwa (c. 1070 to 1200). Other notable but relatively more recent kingdoms are Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa, Gampola, Kandy and Jaffna Kingdoms.

Partially occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century, the coastal parts island was ceded to the British in 1796, and became a british colony in 1802. The entire island was ceded to the British in 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; the name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972.

In May 2009 government military forces defeated the Tamil Tigers' separatist movement and ended a brutal 26 year-long war that began in 1983, thus opening up a new chapter in its history.

Climate

Since Sri Lanka is a tropical country, you can expect the rain anytime of the year in different parts of the country. However, the two major rainy seasons are North-East monsoon (October to January) predominantly affecting the east coast and South-West monsoon (May to July) which predominantly affects the west & south coast of sri lanka.

Being an island, the climate of Sri Lanka changes dramatically from one part of the country to another.

Landscape

Mostly low, flat to rolling plain with mountains in the south-central interior rising to 2,524m at Piduruthalagala.

The charming hotel Aida is conveniently situated in Bentota, in the Galle district of southwestern Sri Lanka, just a few steps from the wonderful Bentota Beach and close to the Bentara River. The centre of the town can be reached within a short stroll...
Located close to the heritage sites of Anuradhapura, this property is situated by Nuwara Wewa, a man-made lake.Rooms are tastefully furnished, with neutral colours and bold accents. Rooms have air-conditioning, mini-bar, IDD telephone and colour television.The..
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this hotel is the perfect hub for visiting the area. Guests will be at just 5 kilometres from the world famous Mount Lavinia beach and at 22 kilometres from the busy city of Colombo. The surrounding area houses a number of..
The hotel is 65 km away from Colombo and 65 km (around 2 hours' drive) from the airport.--The hotel is one of the oldest establishments with the Ceylon Hotels Corporation collect of properties. Built during the era of the British Colonialists, it still..
This hotel enjoys a prime setting, surrounded by lush greenery and tropical blossoms. Situated south of the city centre, this hotel lies just 72 km from Kandy, as well as being in close proximity to a host of shopping, dining and entertainment venues...
This hotel enjoys an idyllic setting in Heritage, overlooking the serene delights of Habarana Lake Front. Within a short distance of the hotel, guests can enjoy the delights of Trincomalee and Anuradhapura, where a host of shopping opportunities, dining..
The villa is situated about 3.5 kilometres away from Bentota, facing the Bentota River and only 3 hours' drive from Katunayaka International Airport. The property offers accommodation, Ayurvedic treatments and yoga in this serene and beautiful place...
Property Location With a stay at Rivi Ras Hotel in Mount Lavinia, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Mount Lavinia Beach. This beach hotel is within the vicinity of Park Hospital and Lanka Hospital. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 25 guestrooms...
This majestic hotel is situated in landscaped grounds at Negombo- close to Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.This airport hotel features 20 luxurious- air-conditioned rooms with views over the swimming pool and beautiful garden. Guests..
This hotel is situated close to Bandarawela Town. Bandarawela is a busy market town that lies at an altitude of 1-230 metres. It has been said that Bandarawela town affords one of the healthiest climates in the world. It is also thought that one of the..
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