Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), a tiny island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean, is a rugged land of rainforest, diverse wildlife and endless beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes, and the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Its flavorful cuisine reflects its history as a maritime hub and cultural melting pot.

Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte

Commercial City: Colombo 

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee

President: His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena 

Prime minister: Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe

Official Language: Sinhala

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