Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka has been called “the pearl of the Indian ocean” because of its shape and location.[15] It is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk StraitSri Jayawardenepura Kotte is its legislative capital, and Colombo is its largest city and center of commerce.

Sri Lanka’s current constitution stipulates it as a republic and unitary state governed by a semi-presidential system. It has had a long history of international engagement, as a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the G77, and the Non-Aligned Movement. Sri Lanka is rated “high” on the Human Development Index (HDI), with its HDI rating and per capita income the highest among South Asian nations. The Sri Lankan constitution accords Buddhism the “foremost place”, and although it does not identify it as a state religion, Buddhism is given special privileges in the Sri Lankan constitution.

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The Wildlife of Sri Lanka includes its flora and fauna and their natural habitats. Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of biological endemism (16% of the fauna and 23% of flowering plants are endemic) in the world

“Walk in Paradise” is dedicated to showcase the beauty of the Sri Lanka and it habitats.

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