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Internet giant Google last week announced that its popular street view feature for Sri Lanka is active and available on Google Maps. This implies that people in Sri Lanka and around the world can now view Sri Lanka in 360-degree panoramic imagery from their phone, tablet or computer. 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.”

According to Google, the launch brings the total number of countries where street view is available to 76.

“We are delighted to bring imagery of Sri Lanka to Street View on Google Maps,” said Helena Lersch, manager (public policy) at Google in an official statement.

The new street view allows people around the world to view and experience the infamous bustle of downtown Colombo, the cool tea plantation hills, the rich history and beautiful and diverse landscapes of Sri Lanka in 360-degree panoramic imagery from their phone, tablet or computer.

To capture this imagery, Google said “the Street View team travelled 50,000 kilometers across every state and province of the beautiful country in order to bring you every aspect of Sri Lanka, from tea plantations, to white beaches, to the craziness (well as crazy as they can get) of downtown Colombo.”

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, the statement said.

Highlights of the Street View of Sri Lanka are available at the following link: http://www.google.com/maps/streetview/#sri-lanka-highlights