Arabian sailors called Sri Lanka Serendib, or “the country of fabled delights” and it is said to have been the playing field for Sinbad’s legendary adventures. It was also acclaimed by the Greek geographer Ptolemy, who drew its first map in the 2nd century AD, and Marco Polo who considered it "as the finest island of its size in the entire world."
Formerly known as Ceylon until 1972, this pear-shaped island lies 29 kilometers off the southeastern coast of India and offers a blend of tropical splendor and a rich cultural heritage. Buddhism was introduced in the 3rd century BC and is the official religion. Sadly, this paradise has been torn in a civil war between the Singhalese majority and the Tamil separatists since the mid-1980s.