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Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, which lies in the Indian Ocean shaped as a pearl. It has a population of about 23 million people, among which the Sinhalese people form the majority of the nation’s population, followed by the Tamils, who are the largest minority group of the island. Sinhala and Tamil are the two official languages, while English is the link language.

Colombo is its capital city, the largest city by population and the financial center of the island. As a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings, and monuments, it has become a well-known and popular tourist destination.

Sri Lanka has an intense and rich history surrounding gemstones, and was once known as “Ratna-Dweepa,” meaning Gem Island. From the vibrant blue of Ceylon sapphires to the high-quality rubies as “the King of Gems” to the ethereal glow of moonstones, the island nation is truly a gemstone paradise for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The island is rich in natural resources, and has a diverse economy based on agriculture, mining, fishing, and especially tourism. For centuries, Sri Lanka has been a popular place of attraction for foreign travelers. Among those popular tourist spots, there are some must-see attractions, including the Dambulla Cave Temple, the largest temple complex in Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park, the perfect place where visitors can try their hands at wildlife photography and enjoy a barbecue under the stars, Sigiriya or the mount of remembrance, a world heritage site on the top of which visitors will get a panoramic view of the nearby sights, the temple of the tooth, which is a treat to the eyes and soul, Nuwara Eliya, a hilly paradise which makes visitors feel coming out of the Harry Potter films, Trincomalee, blessed with a beautiful beach where travelers can experience an underwater diving tour, and Nine Arch Bridge, also called the Bridge in the sky offering visitors a splendid view of the surrounding area.

Sri Lanka stands as an ever-worthy contender for slow travel experiences. If you want to live an unhurried and laid-back life, welcome to Sri Lanka to enjoy a great time away from the hustle-bustle.

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