7 Amazing Sri Lanka Facts You Did Not Know : Bhagyashri Travels
Sri Lanka is an island country loved by the tourists all over the world, for its nature, wildlife, heritage, culture, food, hospitality and warmth. Thanks to its ancient relics, lovely beaches and other sights, his country has the honour of being called Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Many amazing Sri Lanka facts make you want to visit it soon.
Here are 7 Amazing Sri Lanka Facts
Sri Lanka is famous for its wildlife which is rich and diverse. The country is home to 123 species of mammals, 227 species of birds, 178 species of reptiles, 122 species of amphibians, and many other animal species. Sri Lankan elephants are majestic. Safari at Yala National Park is a great experience. Mirissa is a place where whales can be sighted.
Like India, Sri Lanka too was known for its exotic spices. The Sri Lankan food is flavoured with exotic spices. Sri Lanka is the world’s leading exporter of Cinnamon spice. The spice was first discovered by the Egyptians and gained prominence. Cinnamon is a part of Sri Lankan food which is loved for its distinct flavour.
One of the most amazing Sri Lanka facts is that the country’s national flag is one of the oldest flags in the world. It is believed that the first king of Sri Lanka (Vijaya) brought the flag with an emblem of the golden lion, from India. The golden lion was a part of the flag till 1815 when Sri Lanka became British Ceylon. In 1948 after independence, the golden lion holding the sword was reintroduced.
One interesting Sri Lanka fact is that The Sri Lankans wobble their head. This movement indicates- yes, I agree, exactly and the appreciation of something. Generally wobbling of the head means no in almost all cultures universally. In Sri Lanka it is exactly the opposite. This creates a bit confusion as well as humour as well and is an interesting part of travel.
The Adam’s Bridge
There is a bridge of limestone shoals between India and Sri Lanka in the sea. It is known as the Adam’s Bridge and is visible on NASA satellite images. Scientists believe that it was build a million years ago. In the Indian epic Ramayana, Ram with the help of his monkey army is believed to have built this bridge to reach Sri Lanka to free Sita who was imprisoned by Ravana. It also might be that the Sandy shoal is may have been dry enough to cross when sea levels were much lower in ancient times.
The Oldest Planted Tree
Sri Maha Bodhi is the oldest tree planted by a human and the longest surviving tree in the world. It is said that the Sri Maha Bodhi is a branch from the original Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. This sacred tree is in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The tree is almost 2300 years old.
Sri Lanka is rich in the fragrance and flavour of tea. It is the largest exporter of tea in the world, and grows black tea, green and white tea. The sprawling greed tea estates are the glory of Sri Lanka. Tea Tourism is very popular in Sri Lanka.
The small town of Numara Elia, once the summer retreat of British officers, is a prominent tea destination. Famous tea estates and Dambatenne Tea Factory are famous.
With these interesting facts about Sri Lanka and much more exciting activities and sights to explore, Sri Lanka is a tourist’s favourite place. Bhagyashree Travels offers excellent Sri Lanka Tour Packages at unbelievable prices and well researched itineraries. Packages such as Scenic Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Ramayana Trail, Sri Lanka & Maldives are highly popular. Experience Sri Lanka with us.
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