HISTORY

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon,is an island shaped
like a giant teardrop falling from the southern tip of the vast Indian subcontinent.
Sri Lanka means "resplendent land" and has a warm equatorial climate with little
seasonal variation. Sri Lanka is a lovely agricultural country, where rice fields are
abundant and aromatic spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and
cloves are plentiful. It is no surprise that the source word for ancient Arab name,
Serendib, comes from the word serendipity, which means "making happy discoveries by chance".

Sri Lanka also was formerly known as Ceylon, the Teardrop of the Indian Ocean,
Island of Dharma, and the Pearl of the Orient, which are all names that reveal
the richness, beauty, and intensity of affection this island evokes. Esteemed
international publications including the New York Times, National Geographic
and the Huffington Post have indentified Sri Lanka as a top worldwide destination.

With influences from the Portuguese, Dutch and other European countries the island
was most profoundly influenced by the British. Following the most recent conflict
against the Liberation Tigers, the war ended with the terrorist group's defeat in 2009,
and Sri Lanka has now opened the doors to increased tourism. Under the watchful guidance
of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka today continues to enjoy
lasting peace. Sri Lanka has just being named by Travel and Leisure as the #1 hottest
new travel destination for 2012.

For more information on Sri Lanka's History, please visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka