WONDER OF ASIA
Sri Lanka is a tropical island rich in biological diversity. It is also identified as one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world. The land is home to hundreds of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, aquatic animals.
In addition to the animals, there are a wealth of plants including vegetables, fruits, flowering plants and spice crops that provide economical benefits to the country. The terrestrial eco systems such as evergreen forests, plains, and grasslands and the aquatic eco systems such as rivers, waterfalls, mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands, marshes and coastal areas make Sri Lanka one of the top tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka. The symbol RS is usually used to symbolize the Sri Lankan Rupee and the international currency code LKR is also generally used to define Sri Lankan Rupee. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is the main instruction that issues Sri Lankan Rupee.
Coins used within the country include one, two, five, and 10 rupee coins.
The tropical climate of Sri Lanka is around 27°C – 30°C (80 ºF – 90 ºF) in Colombo and suburbs. The country experiences a diversity of climate and the hill country is cooler when compared to the other regions of the island (5°C – 13°C).
As a tropical island, the country gets four types of monsoonal rains, first inter-monsoon season (March-April), Southwest-monsoon season (may-September), Second inter-monsoon season (October-November) and Northeast-monsoon season(December-February). The country becomes the favorite destination of the tourists from December to March due to the moderate climate.
Sinhalese, which is also known as Singhalese and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka. In Northern and Eastern areas of the country, the Tamil language is mostly spoken while Sinhala is spoken mostly in southern, western and central parts of the country.
The Sinhala language is spoken by around 13 million people of the country and about 5 million people of the country speak Tamil language. The majority of Sri Lankans speak in English and children learn English as a second language from an early age. Higher education is mainly conducted in English medium. The international students feel more comfortable adapting to the learning culture of the country.