Nestled to the south of India, Sri Lanka , is a hidden treasure . It’s an island wrapped in glorious gifts of nature. Picturesque landscape , well kept heritage, its rich wildlife, power packed adventure opportunities, well the list is quite long. The beaches here will soothe your nerves and calm your worries, for there’s magic in the air. You will be assured of experiences galore, for Sri Lanka is a complete package of everything you’re looking for. The best thing you can do to yourself and your loved ones is, book flight tickets and arrange for a Sri Lanka visa indirectly promising them beautiful memories.
1. The Rechristened Sri Lanka
Did you know it already? Smart you! But did you know that it should have been named Sinhala? The Britishers couldn’t pronounce it and hence it became Ceylon. The official name of Sri Lanka is ‘The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
2. Spicy Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the world’s leading exporter of Cinnamon spice. It contributes 80 percent of the world’s output. Ever wondered where cinnamon comes from? For all the inquisitive ones out there, it comes from the inner bark of a tree. This spice was discovered by the Egyptians.
Sri Lanka is big on elephants. The population of Sri Lankan elephants have dropped by 65 percent in the recent times. The Sri Lankan law states that a death penalty shall be imposed on killing an elephant. Sri Lanka also has an elephant orphanage and every year it serves as a venue of an elephant pageant.
4. No Tears!
Sri Lanka is known as the heart of Indian Ocean, and the tear drop of India due to its shape.
One of the most beautiful dots in the map of the world, and it is surrounded on all four sides by water. It’s shape is in the form of a tear drop.
5. Head signs
In Sri Lanka when someone shakes their head from side to side with a slight wiggle, it actually means a “yes”. In most countries , nodding your head up and down means yes and moving it side to side means no. It is the complete opposite in Sri Lanka. So the next time you ask a srilankan on date, don’t lose hope, it’s a big YES.
6. Bridging the gap
Wondering why? A bridge of limestone shoals between India and Sri Lanka known as the Adam’s Bridge, is visible on NASA satellite images, and according to the scientists, it was built a million years ago.The Sandy shoal is actually a natural feature that may have been dry enough to cross when sea levels were much lower, thousands of years ago.
7. The flag swag
The national flag of Sri Lanka, ‘The lion flag’, is considered to be one of the oldest flags in the world. It is the only one in the world to recognize different religious groups.The yellow border and the Bo leaves (leaves of the Peepal tree) symbolize Buddhism; while the green and saffron bands represent the Muslim and the Hindu communities.
Sri Lanka is becoming a popular destination of choice and it’s not hard to see why!
Author : Jaicey Jose