Sri Lanka
Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
    Learn more about Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife project to develop an elephant herd as a means to save orphaned elephants in as natural conditions as possible.
  • Sri Lanka (CIA World Factbook)
    Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics.
  • Weather (
    Get the current weather conditions for Colombo and other cities in Sri Lanka.
History and Government
The People
  • Sri Lanka Facts at a Glance (Canadian International Development Agency)
    View the latest demographics and economic indicators (definitions included) for Sri Lanka presented side by side with the same statistics for Canada.
  • World Hunger–Sri Lanka (United Nations World Food Programme) Read the latest statistics on the availability of food and a summary of WFP activities in Sri Lanka.
Cultural Life
  • Daily News (The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.)
    Catch up on the news in Sri Lanka in this online edition of an English-language newspaper published there.
  • Sri Dalada Maliqawa
    Visit the official website of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Photos and artwork combine with vivid text to present the history of this Buddhist relic and information about the documents, rituals, and festivities associated with it from ancient to modern times.
  • Sunday Observer (The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.)
    Read the online edition of the Sunday Observer, a newspaper published in Sri Lanka.
The Economy
For More Information
  • Country Profile: Sri Lanka (BBC News)
    Find up-to-date headlines, colorful maps, timeline, overview, and watch video news clips.
  • Sri Lanka (
    Find general country information, including geography, government, economy, etc.
  • Sri Lanka (Lonely Planet)
    Travel tips and country info
  • (
    Listen to Sri Lanka's National Anthem.
Teacher Resources
  • Calm After the Storm: Examining Changes in Sri Lankan Society in the Wake of the Tsunami (New York Times Lesson Plan Archives) (Grades 6–12) Students illustrate Sri Lanka's history and society both before and after the tsunami on posters. They then write papers speculating about the future of this country as it recovers from the disaster.
  • Help is on the Way: Exploring International Relief Efforts to Aid South Asia (New York Times Lesson Plan Archives) (Grades 6–12)
    Sri Lanka is one of the South Asian countries affected by the tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004. In this activity, groups of students research and write pages for a guide that gives country-specific information about relief needs and how to meet them. Each individual student then writes a news story that incorporates a personal aspect of relief efforts in the country their group researched.
  • Leading Ladies: Exploring Women and Leadership around the World (New York Times Lesson Plan Archives) (Grades 6–12)
    This lesson introduces students to Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the first woman prime minister of Sri Lanka and of the world. Students then research other women leaders in world history and create a Museum of Famous Women Leaders.
  • Natural Disasters (Channel One Network) (Grades 6–9) Discussion questions compare and contrast the impact of 2004–2005 tsunami, earthquakes, and hurricanes on various locations around the world, assessing students’ comprehension, media literacy, and writing skills.
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