Sri Lanka Tour Packages

An island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India, Sri Lanka is about half the size of Alabama. Republic Govt.

Indo-Aryan emigration from India in the 5th century B.C. came to form the largest ethnic group on Sri Lanka today, the Sinhalese. Tamils, the second-largest ethnic group on the island, were originally from the Tamil region of India and emigrated between the 3rd century B.C. and A.D. 1200. Until colonial powers controlled Ceylon (the country's name until 1972), Sinhalese and Tamil rulers fought for dominance over the island. The Tamils, primarily Hindus, claimed the northern section of the island and the Sinhalese, who are predominantly Buddhist, controlled the south. In 1505 the Portuguese took possession of Ceylon until the Dutch India Company usurped control (1658–1796). The British took over in 1796, and Ceylon became an English Crown colony in 1802. The British developed coffee, tea, and rubber plantations. On Feb. 4, 1948, after pressure from Ceylonese nationalist leaders (which briefly unified the Tamil and Sinhalese), Ceylon became a self-governing dominion of the Commonwealth of Nations.

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike became prime minister in 1956 and championed Sinhalese nationalism, making Sinhala the country's only official language and including state support of Buddhism, further marginalizing the Tamil minority. He was assassinated in 1959 by a Buddhist monk. His widow, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, became the world's first female prime minister in 1960. The name Ceylon was changed to Sri Lanka (“resplendent island”) on May 22, 1972.

The Tamil minority's mounting resentment toward the Sinhalese majority's monopoly on political and economic power, exacerbated by cultural and religious differences, erupted in bloody violence in 1983. Tamil rebel groups, the strongest of which were the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, began a civil war to fight for separate nation.

President Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated at a May Day political rally in 1993, when a Tamil rebel detonated explosives strapped to himself. Tamil extremists have frequently resorted to terrorist attacks against civilians. The next president, Chandrika Kumaratunga, vowed to restore peace to the country. In Dec. 1999, she was herself wounded in a terrorist attack. By early 2000, 18 years of war had claimed the lives of more than 64,000, mostly civilians.

Land area: 24,996 sq mi (64,740 sq km); total area: 25,332 sq mi (65,610 sq km),
Population (2012 est.): 21,481,334 (growth rate: 0.913%); birth rate: 17.04/1000; infant mortality rate: 9.47/1000; life expectancy: 75.94; density per sq mi: 836.6,
Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Colombo, 5.6 million (metro. area), 752,993 (city proper). Legislative and judicial capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, 135,806,
Other large cities: Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 245,974; Moratuwa, 207,755; Negombo, 127,754 Monetary unit: Sri Lanka rupee

Sri Lanka Tour Packages
Code Package Name Package Inclusions Duration
PTLK 01 Sri Lanka Tour 01 Colombo 2 Nights /3 Days, 2N / 3D
PTLK 02 Sri Lanka Tour 02 Kandy 2N+ Colombo 1 N 3N / 4D
PTLK 03 Sri Lanka Tour 03 Kandy 2N+ Nuwara Eliya1N+ Colombo 1N 4N / 5D
PTLK 04 Sri Lanka Tour 04 Negombo 1N+ Dambulla 1N+ Kandy 1N+ Newara Eliya 1N+ Colombo 1N 5N / 6D
PTLK 05 Sri Lanka Tour 05 Kandy 1N+ Nuwara Eliya 1N+ Adam's Peak 1N+ Kitulgula 1 N+ Colombo 1N 5N / 6D
PTLK 06 Sri Lanka Tour 06 Colombo 1N+ Sigiriya 1N+ Minneriya 1N+ Kandy 1N+ Colombo 1N+ Nigombo 1N 6N / 7D