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The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the Bayof Bengal. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.

According to Hindu mythology, a land bridge to the Indian mainland, known as Rama's Bridge, was constructed during the time of Rama. Often referred to as Adam's Bridge, it now amounts to only a chain of limestone shoals remaining above sea level. According to temple records, this natural causeway was formerly complete, but was breachedby a violent storm (probably a cyclone) in 1480. The pear-shaped island consists mostly of flat-to-rolling coastal plains, with mountains rising only in the south-central part. Amongst these are Sri Pada and the highest point Pidurutalagala (also known as Mt Pedro), at 2,524 meters (8,281 ft). The Mahaweliganga and other major rivers provide fresh water.

The climate is tropical, characterized by monsoons: the northeast monsoon lasts from December to March, the southwest June to October. The lowest gravitational field on Earth lies just off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Detailed Sri Lanka Maps


Sri Lanka 2001
political country map 2001

Sri Lanka 2000
political country map 2000

Sri Lanka 2000
shaded relief country map 2000

Ceylon 1914
"Ceylon" from Great Britain Parliament House of Commons Sessional
Papers, Colonial Reports - Annual. No. 797. Ceylon. Report
(Supplementary) for 1912

Ceylon - North 1959
(Topographic Map) Portion of Madura sheet. NC 44, Series 1301. Original
Scale 1:1,000,000. Printed by U.S. Army Map Service, Corps of
Engineers, 1959. (496K)

Ceylon - South 1964
(Topographic Map) Portion of Colombo sheet. NB 44, Series 1301.
Original Scale 1:1,000,000. Printed by U.S. Army Map Service, Corps of
Engineers, 1964. (800K)
 


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