About Sri Lanka
About Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has seduced travellers for centuries. Marco Polo described it as
the finest island of its size in the world, while successive waves of Indian,
Arab and European traders and adventurers flocked to its palm-fringed shores,
attracted by reports of rare spices, precious stones and magnificent elephants.
Poised just above the Equator amid the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, the
island’s legendary reputation for natural beauty and plenty has inspired an
almost magical regard even in those who have never visited the place.
Romantically inclined geographers, poring over maps of the island, compared its
outline to a teardrop falling from the tip of India or to the shape of a pearl
(the less impressionable Dutch likened it to a leg of ham), while even the name
given to the island by early Arab traders – Serendib – gave rise to the English
Marco Polo’s bold claim still holds true. Sri Lanka packs an extraordinary
variety of places to visit within its modest physical dimensions, and few
islands of comparable size can boast a natural environment of such beauty and
diversity. Lapped by the Indian Ocean, the coast is fringed with idyllic – and
often refreshingly undeveloped – beaches, while the interior boasts a compelling
variety of landscapes ranging from wildlife-rich lowland jungles, home to
extensive populations of elephants, leopards and rare endemic bird species, to
the misty heights of the hill country, swathed in immaculately manicured tea
plantations. Nor does the island lack in man-made attractions. Sri Lanka boasts
more than two thousand years of recorded history, and the remarkable
achievements of the early Sinhalese civilization can still be seen in the
sequence of ruined cities and great religious monuments that litter the northern
The glories of this early Buddhist civilization continue to provide a benchmark
of national identity for the island’s Sinhalese population, while Sri Lanka’s
historic role as the world’s oldest stronghold of Theravada Buddhism lends it a
unique cultural identity that permeates life at every level. There’s more to Sri
Lanka than just Buddhists, however. The island’s geographical position at one of
the most important staging posts of Indian Ocean trade laid it open to a
uniquely wide range of influences, as generations of Arab, Malay, Portuguese,
Dutch and British settlers subtly transformed its culture, architecture and
cuisine, while the long-established Tamil population in the north have
established a vibrant Hindu culture that owes more to India than to the
It is, however, this very diversity that has long threatened to tear the country
apart. For much of the past three decades the island was the site of one of
Asia’s most pernicious civil wars, as the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE, or Tamil
Tigers, battled it out in the island’s north and east, until the final victory
of government forces in early 2009. The island is now experiencing peace for the
first time in a generation, and although the physical, political and human scars
of war remain raw in many places, most Sri Lankans are now once again looking to
the future with guarded optimism.
Welcome to the Immigration Services Center the only authorized Visa Services
Provider for the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka.
Visitors can now apply all types of Sri Lankan visas and visa extensions
directly at our approved Immigration Services Centre located in the heart of
Colombo city. Applying Sri Lankan visas at our Centre is more convenient and
saves valuable time as we, on applicant’s behalf, forward the visa applications
to the Department of Immigration in lawful, fast and secure manner. Please
contact our Immigration Services Centre for more information. Services offered
by us is payable by the applicant.
Immigration Services Center is also dedicated to assist all foreign travelers
visiting Sri Lanka with free dissemination of up-to-date information about Sri
Lanka visas and guidelines for visa applicants. If you wish to know about Sri
Lanka visa, how to apply or have question, please contact our helpdesk.
Applying visas for any country is complex and sometime cumbersome process and it
is advisable to have someone to assist you specially when you are in a foreign
country. We are fully geared to assist you with professionally trained staff,
high quality, reliable and fast service. We firmly believe the availability of
accurate Sri Lanka visa information and visa assistance to foreign tourists,
businessmen, investors, workers, students and others not only provide visitors
trouble free entry and stay in the country but enable to fully focus on the
purpose of their visit while leaving aside paperwork to a specialist.
Our aim is to create a pleasant immigration experience for all visitors to Sri
Lanka so they will have a satisfying and fulfilling visit. By doing so, we
facilitate the promotion of tourism, trade and foreign investment to the country
and stand alongside in the realization of Government’s journey towards making
Sri Lanka: the emerging “Wonder of Asia”.
Weather Sri Lanka
Due to the location of Sri Lanka, within the tropics between 5o 55' to 9o 51'
North latitude and between 79o 42' to 81o 53' East longitude, the climate of the
island could be characterized as tropical.
The central part of the southern half of the island is mountainous with heights
more than 2.5 Km. The core regions of the central highlands contain many complex
topographical features such as ridges, peaks, plateaus, basins, valleys and
escarpments. The remainder of the island is practically flat except for several
small hills that rise abruptly in the lowlands. These topographical features
strongly affect the spatial patterns of winds, seasonal rainfall, temperature,
relative humidity and other climatic elements, particularly during the monsoon
The Climate of Sri Lanka is dominated by the above mentioned topographical
features of the country and the Southwest and Northeast monsoons regional scale
wind regimes. The Climate experienced during 12 months period in Sri Lanka can
be characterized in to 4 climate seasons as follows.
1. First Inter-Monsoon Season - March - April
2. Southwest Monsoon Season - May - September
3. Second Inter-Monsoon Season - October - November
4. Northeast Monsoon Season - December – February
Sri Lanka has a well connected network of transportation which covers road, rail
and air. Both national transportation services and private transportation
services operate within the island.
There are many taxi services that operate in Sri Lanka. They range from luxury
cars and SUVs to the very popular mini Tata Nano cars used by many taxi
services. You can easily spot these mini taxis due to their bright colours of
red, yellow and silver and the equally bright display of call-up numbers.
Clean City Cycle Club
Clean City Cycle Club was conceptualised in 2011 and was incorporated as a
company in April 2012. There are multifarious motivational factors that drove us
to pursue this initiative, some personal and others based on business sense.
Expo Rail is a first of its kind luxury train operation in Sri Lanka which
raised the bar of excellence and redefined Rail Travel in the country. Coming
into operation with a daily super luxury carriage service on the regular
Colombo-Kandy intercity train, Expo Rail now operates on 4 major routes covering
more than 60 key destinations.
The Sri Lankan Airlines Air Taxi Service offers you a quick and breathtaking
journey across the island to most of the popular destinations in Sri Lanka. The
Air Taxi service is also available as a connecting flight from the international
airport to your holiday destination. You can even charter a flight for a group
of friends or your family and enjoy a private trip over paradise
Rajadhani express is a Luxery Train Service available in Sri Lanka
Help is just a call away
The visitors to the country as well as the locals can reach for help in case of
a health emergency or in any danger though following numbers. The emergency
access numbers could be contacted through all the telephone and mobile
operations in the country while many mobile services offering emergency calls
despite low signals and low credits. However most of the emergency services are
restricted to town centres and suburbs while police stations and hospitals offer
emergency care in rural areas.
Police Emergency Hotline: 118 / 119
Ambulance / Fire & rescue: 110
Accident Service-General Hospital-Colombo: 011-2691111
Tourist Police: 011-2421052
Police Emergency: 011-2433333
Government Information Center: 1919
Report Crimes: 011-2691500
Emergency Police Mobile Squad: 011-5717171
Fire & Ambulance Service: 011-2422222
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