It is a sovereign island country located in South Asia. Its capitals are Kotte; which houses the headquarters of the legislative power and Colombo; which houses the headquarters of the executive and judicial powers, the latter being the most populated city and seat of the government of the country. It was popularly known in ancient times as the “Island of a Thousand Names”, currently it receives various names such as “Emerald Island”, “Tear of India” or “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. During its colonization, it took the name Ceylon. It acquired its independence in 1948. In 1972 it changed its name to Sri Lanka and became a republic, cutting its last ties with Great Britain. Due to its location in the Indian Ocean, in the path of major sea routes, it is a strategic naval point between West Asia and Southeast Asia. It is a country famous for the production and export of cinnamon, tea, coffee, rubber and coconut. It has a progressive and modern industrial economy and the highest per capita income in South Asia. Sri Lanka's natural beauty can be seen in its tropical forests, beaches, landscapes and rich cultural heritage, making it a world-famous tourist destination, where you can surf, play golf, watch whales, go underwater. mangroves, laugh out loud with the monkeys, climb peaks of more than 2,000 meters, see the largest carving of Buddha sculpted in stone in the world, see ancient temples, photograph endless fields of rice and tea or dive in reefs among fish. Its fauna is one of the most varied in the world, the most visible animal being the monkey, present in most of the island.

Programs at Sri Lanka

Useful information for traveling to Sri Lanka