How is Sri Lanka? Discover it
Sri Lanka, the pearl of India, the tear of India, the island of aromas, tea, spices … the country of 1000 names.
Like Sri Lanka in general: Sri Lanka is an island of rainforests, nature reserves and coral reefs where an extraordinary variety of wild animals and exotic plants proliferate.
To protect this wonderful territory, the various Sri Lankan governments have created nature reserves and national parks.
Where you can easily see elephants, deer, wild boar, many types of monkeys, jackals, leopards, bears, buffaloes, crocodiles, a variety of birds and butterflies. In addition to a flora of extraordinary beauty.
On this small island, 400 kilometers from north to south and 200 from west to east, you can count up to 15, among nature reserves and national parks.
How ethnologically Sri Lanka is:
Currently, around 21.5 million people live in Sri Lanka.
The most important ethnic groups are the Sinhalese who represent 74.9%; Tamils who are 11.2% and also the descendants of Arab merchants, who represent 9.2% of the population.
Other less important ethnic groups are the Malays, the Indian Tamils and the Burghers, the latter descendants of the former European colonisers.
Religion plays a very important role in the life of the people of Sri Lanka. 70% of the population is Buddhist, 15% practice Hinduism, 8% Islam and 6% Christianity.
Buddhism entered the island in 247 BC leaving a profound mark on the life, history and artistic heritage of the people of Sri Lanka.
The history of Sri Lanka dates back to unforgettable times when the Veddha lived.
The Sinhalese culture was born with the arrival of Indoari from India in the 5th century BC From then on different kingdoms emerged in different eras and places, highlighting the importance of Anuradhapura, a capital founded in the 4th century BC
Being situated on the maritime routes that crossed the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka was already known to the ancient navigators.
Greeks and Romans called it Taprobane and for the Arab merchants it was the island of Serendib.
From the 16th century onwards, it was colonised by Portuguese, Dutch and British, finally declaring its independence in 1948.
Sri Lanka, after more than two decades of civil war between the North Tamil tigers and the national government, lives a period of flowering that is reflected in the economic, cultural and social development of the country.
Some curious facts about Sri Lanka
-In Sri Lanka, moving the head from right to left does not mean denial, but on the contrary, it means yes.
-Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to establish a nature reserve.
-In the year 288 BC The oldest tree planted by man was planted in Sri Lanka. This tree is still alive and is found in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.
-In 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman to hold the role of prime minister(from Sri Lanka), in the world.
-It is the non-western country that has had the longest period of multi-party democracy with a universal vote (since 1931).
-Sri Lanka was the first country in Southeast Asia to have a radio (Radio Ceylan was inaugurated on December 16, 1925).
-It is one of the largest exporters of tea, Ceylon tea being recognised for its high quality.
-It is one of the major exporters of cinnamon, which had already been exported to Egypt in the 1400 b.C.
-According to legend, Adam’s Peak, a conical mountain in Sri Lanka, is the first place on Earth on which Adam set foot when he was expelled from the Garden of Eden.
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