10 Facts you didn’t know about Sri Lanka

March 18, 2020Tom Spruce

Find out some amazing quick facts about stunning Sri Lanka that will have you wanting to know more

Anyone who’s ever done any research into Sri Lanka will know it’s a beautifully diverse country. Complete with idyllic beaches and lush jungle meeting rolling hills. There really is so much to this stunning land. 

We thought that whilst we’ve all got a little more time on our hands we’d give you the 411 on stunning Sri Lanka. 

Where else can you go wildlife spotting, surfing, climbing and sunbathing in the same place

Why not check out these amazing facts now and find out just jaw-dropping the country is. Then, when this all blows over you’ll be perfectly educated to take a trip to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. 


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Tea-sy does it!

Sri Lankan tea country
Sri Lanka is one of the world's leading producers of tea.
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Tea
In fact, one million of the country's 22 million population are employed in the industry

No signs of flagging

Sri Lankan flag flying
The Sri Lankan flag...
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Guess the flag
is the oldest flag in the world

That's the tooth!

Temple of the Tooth McKay Savage | Filckr
One of the ancient temples in Sri Lanka is home to Buddha's tooth!
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Close up shot of the Temple of the Tooth Hafeez Issadeen | Flickr
The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy houses the ancient relic. Locals celebrate it every summer at the Festival of the Tooth

Miles of Mammals

Leopard
Sri Lanka is home to 123 species of mammal
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elephants
Plus, 227 species of birds, 178 species of reptiles and 122 species of amphibians

Whale of a time

Sri Lankan beach
Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world for whale watching
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Sperm whale
Both Blue and Sperm whales head to Trincomalee port to mate

Don't cry for me

The Teardrop of India
It is nicknamed the Teardrop of India
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Sri Lanka is next to India
Due to the shape of the country and its proximity India

Absolute ballers

Grass on a sports field
The national sport of the country is...
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Volleyball player
Volleyball!

Opposite land

Sri Lankan girl standing in front of a field
In Sri Lanka shaking your head means 'yes'
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Sri Lankan street
The 'waggle' may not actually mean 'yes' but it is generally deemed as a positive response

Wood you believe it!

Train going through a tunnel in rural Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is home to the world's oldest man-planted tree
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Sri Maha Bodhi
Grown from a cutting brought from Bodh Gaya in India, it is said to be a piece of the tree under which Lord Buddha found enlightenment

Little Britain

Nuwara Eliya
There's a Tudor-style town in the hills
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House in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya used to be a favourite holiday retreat of the British upper class

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