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