IHateTaxis.com LogoIHateTaxis.com
Arrive Stress-Free
An International Travelers' Ground Transportation Guide

Destination Search










More Things to do Anywhere, including Tours, Layover, and Overnight Ideas


Stuff to do Anywhere
Sri Lanka Flag 

Sri Lanka Country Profile

Country
Profile
Electrical
Connections
Visa
Requirements
Culture &
Tipping
Reports &
Advisories

Sri Lanka at a Glance

Location:Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Climate:tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
Terrain:mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Resources:limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower
Hazards:occasional cyclones and tornadoes
Population:21,324,791




A Brief Profile of Sri Lanka

The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C. probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. Tens of thousands have died in the ethnic conflict that continues to fester. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006 and the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007. In January 2008, the government officially withdrew from the cease-fire, and by late January 2009, the LTTE remained in control of a small and shrinking area of Mullaitivu district in the North.






Cars.IHateTaxis.com | Hotels.IHateTaxis.com | Tours.IHateTaxis.com | Transfers.IHateTaxis.com | Flights.IHateTaxis.com | IHT Blog
Home | About | Advertising | Jobs | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Contact Us | IHT on FaceBook | IHT on Twitter | IHT on Pinterest


Information is © 2020 Aepyornis Interactive, Victoria, BC, Canada