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Google Launches Street View Imagery of Sri Lanka

Mar 22, 2016   17:06 IST 

Google today announced that Street View imagery of Sri Lanka is now available on Google Maps. This means people in Sri Lanka and around the world can now view and experience the rich history and natural beauty of Sri Lanka in 360-degree panoramic imagery from their phone, tablet or computer.  


Today’s launch brings the total number of countries where Street View is available to 76. Street View is a popular feature in Google Maps, that allows people to virtually explore and navigate places.People can access street-level imagery by zooming into the location on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange "Pegman" icon from the bottom right-hand corner of the map onto a blue highlighted street.


Google began driving in Sri Lanka in December 2014 and finished collecting imagery in February this year. From the bustle of downtown Colombo, to the cool tea plantation hills, Sri Lanka’s landscape is as beautiful as it is diverse. To capture this imagery, Google drove close to 50,000 kilometers across every state and province so you can virtually explore this beautiful landscape from coast to coast.  


Sri Lanka has become a burgeoning popular tourism destination, with the numbers of tourists heading to the island nation growing by almost 20% each year.  In 2015, 1.8 million tourists visited the country. By bringing Street View to Sri Lanka, Google hopes to create a new way of showcasing Sri Lanka’s beauty to the world while helping strengthen the country’s already burgeoning tourism trade.


We are delighted to bring  imagery of Sri Lanka to Street View on Google Maps” said Helena Lersch, Public Policy Manager Google. “Sri Lanka is already a popular tourist destination, and we hope Street View will make the country even more accessible to people interested in exploring and visiting here. Whether you continue your journey in Google Maps or are inspired to visit in person, we invite you to  enjoy the Land of Lions” she continued.


Stay tuned as more beautiful images of Sri Lanka come to Street View over the coming months. You can see a gallery of highlights of the Street View collection here:


Link to the Blogpost for more details


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