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Sri Lanka: Fun Facts and Reasons to Go

Sri Lanka: Fun Facts

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This week our photo book traveled to its happy owner from incredible Sri Lanka, and we decided to get to know the country better. Turns out, it’s not just about crystal clear water, endless beaches, timeless ruins and famous tea.

1. The Sri Lankan flag is one of the oldest flags in the world. More interestingly, it is the only flag to recognize different religious groups: the yellow parts of the flag symbolize Buddhism (the main religion in the country). Lion represents Sinhalese people of the island; orange vertical stripe represents Hindu and green vertical stripe represents Muslim communities.

Sri Lanka: Fun Facts
Ranil Wijeyratne

 

2. The country has plenty of waterfalls, the majority of Sri Lanka’s electricity is hydro-powered.

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3. Sri Lanka has two nicknames: the “pearl of the Indian Ocean” and the “teardrop of India” because of its shape.

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4. When we nod our heads up and down, we mean “yes”, and when we shake it from side to side, we mean “no”. In Sri Lanka it’s vice verse, don’t get confused!

Sri Lanka: Fun Facts
Gregoire Photographe

 

5. Poya Festival celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. During the festival, a long line of candlelights illuminates the path to the top of Adam’s Peak – the most sacred mountain in the country. Travelers and pilgrims from all over the world climb to the mountain’s peak to stand where they believe Buddha himself walked centuries ago.

Sri Lanka: Fun Facts
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 6. Sri Lanka is tiny, yet it has 8 of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. That is more than Thailand (5) and Laos (2) combined.
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Gokul K

 

7. Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to democratically elect a woman on the Prime Minister post in 1960, her name was Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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8. Sri Lanka has the highest literacy rate in South Asia. 92% of Sri Lankans aged 15 or over can read and write.

Sri Lanka: Fun Facts
Sergio Carbajo

 

9. People in Sri Lanka eat string hoppers, coconut milk and a three-course curry meal for breakfast. They also salt and pepper mangoes and all the other fruits they eat.

Sri Lanka: Fun Facts
Jere Ketola

 

10. Pinnawala is a famous Elephant Orphanage notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The primary purpose of the orphanage is to provide a lifeline to the orphaned baby elephants and adult elephants lost in the wilderness.

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Are you as in love with Sri Lanka as we are? Then pack your stuff and follow PastBook to this dazzling island! The country is extremely photogenic – make plenty of beautiful photos and collect them in a photo book!

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Sri Lanka: Fun Facts

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