Sri Lanka’s population is composed of multi-ethnic groups and the religion is inevitably diverse. Buddhism is the official religion of Sri Lanka and has been given special privileges in the Sri Lankan constitution such as government protection and fostering of Buddhist Dharma.
Buddhism is the majority religion in Sri Lanka, with approximately 70% of the population is Buddhist. Hinduism is the country’s second largest religion which has a long tradition and is the oldest religion in Sri Lanka. Muslims make up around 10% of the island’s population, mainly settled along the west and east coasts in places such as Galle, Aluthgama and Hambantota. Christianity make up of 7.4% of the population, in which 58% are Roman Catholics and the rest are Anglicans, Methodists and other Protestants.The Different Religions
Visiting Religious Sites of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is home for many cultural and religious sites. From ancient ruins, to historic temples and magnificent churches, you can find numerous ancient sacred sites in Sri Lanka.
Be aware that when visiting temples, it is important for both men and women to adopt a modest style of clothing, covering shoulders and legs. Footwear and headwear should be removed before entering a temple. Tourists have been refused entry to Sri Lanka or faced deportation for having visible tattoos of Buddha.