UniEel Experiencing: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country located in Asia. The nation is known for having its diverse landscape – including beaches and rainforests, its ancient Buddhist ruins and more. Sri Lanka is an island, and therefore doesn’t share any physical borders. Maritime borders include one with China. Sri Lanka enjoys a very warm climate, with warm weather blessing the nation for the vast majority of the year. The population of the country is approximately 21,400,000. There is a lot to see and do in the country. Overall, Sri Lanka is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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QUICK FACTS

Nation: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Land Mass: 25,000 square miles
Population: 21,450,000
Religion: Buddhism
Language: Sinhala
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

 

Sri Lanka has an interesting history. The origins of the nation can be traced back over 125,000 years! In the early years of the nation, Sri Lanka was known for its impressive structures. The nation is well known for being under British rule for several years. Great Britain occupied some areas of the nation in 1796 – they referred to the nation as Ceylon. By 1815, Britain gained total control. The British rule would survive several rebellions. It took until 1948 for independence to be proclaimed. In 1972, the nation was renamed Sri Lanka. In the following years, there were many tense moments, with riots, coups and battles taking place. The nation was badly affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami, with 35,000 people killed in Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan civil war took place from around 1985 to 2009, which again was very bloody. Steps appear to have been taken for stability.

 

Things to Do and See:

Sri Lanka features many different things to see! The nation is well known for its religious sites. There are an abundance of temples scattered across the nation, with the Temple of the Tooth being the most iconic. Sigiriya is arguably the most famous tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. This is an area characterised by ancient city ruins and a rock fortress. As seen in the image above, the nation is well known for its huge number of elephants! In line with this, a popular area to visit is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is a sanctuary for adult and baby elephants. There are mountainous regions in Sri Lanka too, with Adam’s Peak being the most popular area to hike. Famous national parks include Horton Plains, Udawalawe, Wilpattu and Minneriya. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is another popular tourist attraction. There are a range of tours available throughout the country. Finally, there are coastal areas, which also prove to be popular – especially given the warm weather!

 

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Sri Lanka is a nation well worth visiting. As shown in this article, Sri Lanka certainly is an interesting country that offers a lot to its visitors. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Sri Lanka, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Sri Lanka, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Sri Lanka at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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