Srilanka

The island of hills, nature and wild animals. The island of smiling people and tasty food. The island of beaches and sunny weather. The island where you can travel whenever and always find something new.

20 mil people
area 65 000 km²

History

The history starts far back of hundreds of thousands of years. Srilanka is well-known from the ancient period of kingdoms as Arunadhapura, Polonnaruwa, Jaffna kingdom and the last independent Kingdom of Kandy.
Countries colonized Srilanka were Portugal, Dutch, French and British. Each country left historical heritages as buildings, bridges, roads, public systems, tea plantations, religions and many more.

Kandy city center

It is a Republic with the capital and the largest city Colombo on the west.

Currency is Srilankan Rupee which for almost the rest of the world is the cheaper currency. 

The country’s main economic sectors are tourism, tea export, rice production etc. 

Sinhala and Tamil are the two official languages. The English language is on a better level every year at Srilanka, which makes people more successful with business and tourism. If you want to help and travel around, volunteering into teaching English is one of the possibilities. 

The culture has ancient roots, and it is influenced primarily by Buddhism and Hinduism.

British colonial culture also left one of the most significant impacts as roads, railways, bridges, tea plantations and serving tea, language, holidays etc. 

While the national sport in Srilanka is volleyball, by far the most popular game in the country is cricket and rugby.

The climate is tropical and warm with switching two main seasons. From November to April it is better to visit north-east areas and the rest of the year to visit south-west. 

Animals living and flowers growing there are not possible to find anywhere else. And for more than 20 wildlife reserves are in Srilanka many options what to do and to see. 

Srilankans have one of the highest life expectancies. Why? I guess because people are eating what they produce and that is mainly nature food. They spend a lot of time outside and using Ayurveda.

The island has an extensive road network with more than hundreds of thousands of paved roads. 

Religion is a pure and essential part of their lives. Buddhists are the first most, then HinduismIslam is the third and Christianity.

I love how Srilanka is a multi-religious country. For me, this was one of the top experience. Everywhere beautiful temples, churches and mosques. They have many and many celebrations and pay attention to all of them. 

Hindu temple in Jaffna. One of the oldest.

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