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Sri Lanka

    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.
Electricity: 220v
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/

Sri Lanka chosen as the second best travel destination by National Geographic

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    "Dear Cyril, Thanks for taking care of the Dr.Sethukavalar and his wife very well. They were indeed very happy for all the care you have shown during your tour. They were very impressed of your patience and kindness. I look forward to see you soon and maintain this good relationship we have developed in a short period of time. We will not hesitate a second to recommend you to all our friends who would like to visit Sri Lanka. Taking this opportunity of wishing you all the best. Thanks fo..." HARIDAS KANDASAMY

    "Traveled in April 2013 with Cyril . Family with three young children. Cyril match the trip plan problem on his part. Familiar with every corner of this beautiful island and we have managed to produce a great 17 days. Prices respect as well - we tested three competing proposals and was the cheapest. The fact that he was working independently and not through an agency that collects coupon trips generally significantly reduces the price of the package. A modern and spacious vehicle (van with seven ..." Maozd

    "We had a fantastic holiday in Sri Lanka, thanks Cyril Tours, Our driver, Amiila, was brilliant and nothing was too much trouble for him. The places we visited were really interesting and we saw some lovely scenery.I would definitely recommend your company to other people. Emma - UK 2010 December " Emma Patterson

    "Dear Cyril, We want to thank you so much for making our trip so unforgetable and delightful. We received your name from our friends lives in Geneva who travelled with you in January 2009 and they gave you such a high recommendation that we decided to conbtact you for our two weeks trip this year. Although we have been to Sri Lanka a few times already. We have never found such an excellent driver and guide. It has been a great pleasure to visit Colombo with you and then to Koggala for two day tr..." Mr.Gabor Kato & Mrs.Ann Kato

    "Dear Cyril, We would like to thank youthat you have arrange ourholiday which we have enjoyed so much, that we can call them the best holiday we have ever had. You are avery helpful guide- because you know about your beautiful country very much. We also appriciate your advices that you gave us during our two weeks long journey and your  perfect trip arrangement we have enjoyed every single day. All the best to you and your family. Hope to see you again. Martha & Jarda   08 No..." Martha & Jaroslav Jirout

    "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

    "If you ever plan to visit Sri Lanka (and I think you should) this is your guide!!! Martha Iordanidou  - Thesoloneki - Greece  " Martha Iordanidou

    "Cyril was an excellent guide and gave us a very good insight into the history and cultures of Sri Lanka. He was always polite, helpful and prompt. His driving was always calm and controlled - unlike some of the other vehicles we saw!!! We would recommend him to others traveling to Sri Lanka. WH - UK - January 2011" Wilson Harland

    "(10 days). Before the trip I did a lot of research here on the site and other sites on the tour options and after checking in we decided to go with a guide attached. Choice in was not easy and I started Travels "correspondence with more than ten guides to staying with the" chosen ". No doubt it was an excellent choice! Before Asbury on our guide, I wanted to note that after the visit, I understand the importance of taking guide (driver) suite. Roads and driving in Sri Lanka ..." Corey

    "Hello my dear friend Mr. Cyril We are all fine dear, I have visited Sri Lanka and I loved the country, Insha’Allah I will visit again your country, it is amazing place. This is the first  day at work , really I enjoy the tour to sri lanka with my  family  and it was very nice and  I wish  to go again to sri lanka and of course you were very good and polite and respectable guy  -thanks  a lot  for every thing and  I wish you ..." Nasser Mohamed from Oman

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