The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean situated 50kms off the Southern tip of India and 880 kms north of the Equator. Sri Lanka packs an extraordinary variety of natural and manmade attractions within its modest physical dimensions, and few islands of comparable size can boast a natural environment of such beauty and diversity.
A mere 435 km North – South from Point Pedro to Dondra Head and 225 km across its widest, its contain within its compact 65610 sq. km (25332 sq. miles) an unparalleled diversity of scenic sights, sounds and scents; colorful ceremonies and quaint customs, culture and crafts; monolithic ruins and titanic monuments of a civilizations both ancient and advanced; a multitude of climes and ecosystems from tropical rainforests to subalpine evergreen, rich farm lands to arid scrub jungle; extravagant fauna and flora, wonderful wilderness and wildlife; plus over 1125 km of pristine palm-fringed shoreline where one can swim, surf, snorkel, sail simply soak up the sun … all within a short 6 hour drive at most, one from another. The country has long been known as a great holiday destination. With the culture, history and outstanding places to go sightseeing, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for a holiday. Sri Lanka packs an extraordinary variety of natural and manmade attractions within its modest physical dimensions, and few islands of comparable size can boast a natural environment of such beauty and diversity.
The South Asian island nation was known as Ceylon until 1972. Sri Jayewardenepura or Kotte is the administrative capital of Sri Lanka. It is located beyond the eastern suburbs of the commercial capital Colombo. Sri Lanka is the 53rd most populated nation in the world, with an annual population growth rate of 0.79% and a literacy rate of 92%,
Colombo is the largest city and former capital of Sri Lanka.
Most popular sport in the country is cricket.
Sri Lanka is divided into 9 provinces and 25 districts. Each province is administered by a directly elected provincial council.
Sri Lanka enjoys a tropical climate without extremes of temperature; which averages 80°F (27°C) in Colombo and its suburbs, rising to as much as 100° F (38° C) in the semi-arid northwest and cooling off to 61°F (16°C) at higher elevations of the central hill country.
The South-West monsoon which mainly affects the southern, western and central regions during May–July, while the northeast monsoon brings rain to the north and east from November to January.
Sri Lanka’s population is 20.2 million. Sinhalese 74%, Tamils 18% Malays and Moors 7% Burghers and others 1%.
Major religion is Buddhism. Buddhists 69% Hindus 15% Christians 8% and Islam 8%.
Major exports are garments, gems stones, tea, rubber, coconut and textiles.
Currency: SL Rupee bank notes are in denomination of 10,20,50,100,500,1000,2000 and 5000.
“Most beautiful island of its size” – Marco Polo.
“Island jewel of the Indian Ocean was the best place in the world from which to view the universe” - Sir Dr. Arthur C. Clarke “There is no other country in Asia that can offer what Sri Lanka has to offer. Number one travel destination” New York Times
“No 1 - Best in Travel 2013 - Top 10 countries” - http://www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/best-in-travel/top-10-countries/
"We are an older couple celebrating a lot of years of marriage (and hiking) in Sri Lanka in February this year, for two weeks, and three days in the Maldives. Although we love to drive, we chose to go with a driver-guide, after planning the trip completely independently. (It turned out he might help us in the planning and selection of hotels, we own). The main advantage is reaching the sites, some of which are tired, refreshed after someone else used to bad roads, with bad signage - If you are i..." Sam
"Cyril was our driver and guide for the last nine days. We had the comfortable white Toyota van shown in the pic - it was just as clean and shiny, and not a scratch on it. He is clearly a very skilled driver. He is particularly knowledgeable about the history of the many places we visited. We were pleased we had Cyril as our driver. He had been recommended to us by an acquaintance. Andrew Speirs Melbourne, Australia Travel period 04 Jan - 12 Jan 2018" Mr. Andrew an Mrs. Suzy Speirs from Australia
"Hello, We had 2 weeks exploring Sri Lanka and for most of that time Cyril drove for usto various towns, sites of interest. Cyril wsa a very pleasant chauffeur. Always prompt and greeted us with a smile. He was well informed about the sites we visited and pointed out many interesting historical buildings en-route. We had a great 2 weeks in Sri Lanka and Cyril's plesant and helpful nature contributed to this briliant holiday. Thank Cyril Sara and Steve from Birmingham, England" Sara and Steve
"Cyril Tours is a very good agency. Because we did use it from 01st of March to 14 March 2013. From the start till end of our emails, he has (Mr.Cyril) given all required details. Also he send us very detailed itinerary with pictures. Actually no need guide after go through it.Cyril Tours is not a big agency. He was a guide in Sri Lanka more than 26 years. Many clients recommend him to their friends and to relatives who want to visit Sri Lanka.They asked from him to travel, that is why he be..." John and Mary from Canada
"We highly appreciated Cyril as our chauffeur guide. We can easily speak with him about any subject. We learnt a lot about Sri Lanka' s culture, history and way of life. He arrange everything we asked. In the airport on arrval his welcome is marvelous. His English language is superb and very clear. His knowledge and expanation about the sites are unique. More than the all he is very friendly and punctual. We will recommend him all the people who willing to come to Sri Lanka." COMBE MARTIAL AND WILD EMMANUEL FROM FRANCE
"We had an excellent and memorable trip and all credits to Cyril. In-depth knowledge about the places, roads and history and culture. From the airport assistance - Food, accommodation provided and the vehicle was excellent. Very matured and patient, We being on safe hands. Thanks for making it a memorable experience for all of us. " Aubry De Souza and group from Dubai
"Thank you so much Cyril for guiding us around your beautiful country. We thoroughly enjoyed our time which was made particularly special by your professionalism, enthusiasm and friendliness. We wish you all the best in the future. Warm regards from, Aonghus O'Keefee and Sheela Hendricks- Ireland " Aonghus and Sheela Hendricks- Ireland
"CyrilWe are now back at home after the lovely time with you in Sri Lanka, andvisiting Hong Kong.Thank you for driving for us while we were in Sri Lanka.In particular, we appreciated - your smooth, calm and efficient driving through varied traffic conditions - your calmness when things did not go quite as expected - your being available at all times of day - I'm remembering our late arrival at the airport, and our late departure - your information about all sorts of ..." Cliff Hooker and Jean from Australia
"Thank you so much for your great service and making our honeymoon in Sri Lanka, so special and joyful. Best regards from Yuffa and Elad Abbo – Israel- 10 July 2008 " Yuffa and Elad Abbo - Israel
"Dear Cyril, Sincerest apologies for this delayed email --- reason being that I had been extremely busy with work & travel, since returning from Sri Lanka and just got a breather now, to download our photos and catch up with private matters. Hope this email finds you & family, in the best of health & spirits. Your granddaughter must be keeping you busy and giving you & Mrs. Baddegama immense joy. At this end, we are doing fine. Nikhita is back at school, now in Grade 7 and havi..." Pradeep Kumar Menon - Singapore