The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island in the northern Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon untill 1972. Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India and the Maldives. Sri Lanka has a history for three thousand years and is famous for his tea, coffee, gemstones and coconuts. Major cities in Sri Lanka are Colombo, Negombo and Kandy. Famous places are the Sigiriya Rock, the Clock Tower in Kandy, the Parliament and the World Trade Center in Colombo.