Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura, Galle, Jaffna, Matara, Negombo, Ratnapura, Trincomalee
SRI LANKA has often been described as a tropical paradise. The vegetation of the coastal belt is lush and dramatic, and the mountainous areas of the interior are spectacular. Pleasant sea breezes temper the coast's tropical climate through most of the year; the hills and mountains in the island's center are cool at night. Arab traders of long ago knew the island as Serendib, which is the origin of the word serendipity, reflecting the unexpected pleasures of the land.
Sri Lanka's monetary unit is the rupee