Fascinating Facts About Sri Lanka That You Don’t Even Guess!

Written By Alla Levin
April 21, 2017
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Amazing Facts to Help Choosing Your Sri Lanka Tour Packages

Sri Lanka – one of South Asia’s states, which with every year, attracts tourists more often. Travelers are attracted by tropical forests and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the rich history of the country, incredibly unique cuisine, delightful landscapes, and the riot of nature’s colors.

Today I would like to share some interesting facts about this country, which you probably never heard. But in fact, you can discover all this on your own and find out even more interesting and amazing facts choosing your very own Sri Lanka tour packages.


The name of the country Sri Lanka in Sanskrit means a “Blessed Land.” The most esteemed Buddhist shrine is the “The Tooth of Buddha,” which is conserved in the temple in Kandy. The country gained its independence from Great Britain in 1948 but became a full-fledged state only 24 years later. At that time, the country was called Ceylon.

The country gained its independence from Great Britain in 1948 but became a full-fledged state only 24 years later. At that time, the country was called Ceylon.

Sri Lanka Tour Packages: Symbols

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The symbol of the country is an elephant, and this animal is very honored here. Elephants live everywhere in this country: in reserves, in temples, and tropical forests. Sometimes they raided the villages, destroying everything in their path searching for the salt – the elephants’ favorite delicacy.

Actually, you can even buy an elephant in Sri Lanka. This pleasure will cost you about $ 100 K. You will even be given special documents for the elephant. Another official symbol of the country is the Water Lily. The flower is considered a symbol of truth, purity, and discipline.


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Poya Day is a name for any holiday in Sri Lanka held to mark a full moon. These days off in Sri Lanka, nothing will work these days: not a commercial or state organization. By the way, you will not be allowed to drink alcohol.

The New Year is celebrated according to the Lunar calendar. The local astrologers calculate the Lunar cycles—usually, the New Year to be celebrated in April.

Sri Lanka tour packages: Locals and traditions

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You will often meet women or monks walking along the streets under an umbrella. But it does not mean that they are hiding from the rain but the sun. This is part of the culture.

Most of the women still wearing a saree – stewardesses, teachers, workers in institutions, and even motorcycle riders- adore their traditional clothes.

Locals like to play cricket, especially after the Sri Lanka national team won the Cricket World Cup in 1996.

Divorces are very rare in Sri Lanka because, in this case, a man will be obligated to pay half of his income to his ex-wife for the rest of his life.

Precious Stones

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Sri Lanka became famous to the world for its precious stones. Basically, the stones’ main extraction is concentrated near the Ratnapura, known as the ‘City of Gems.’

There you can find sapphires, topazes, and tourmaline, rubies, moonstone, “tiger’s eye,” and “cat’s eye.” The most valuable stone that is even more expensive than diamonds is Sinhalite. Sri Lanka tour packages usually include a visit to this amazing location.

It is a yellow stone and is named after the indigenous folks of Sri Lanka. When you buy precious stones in Sri Lanka, kindly request a certificate of authenticity. Otherwise, you can bring home a box of colored glass.


Ceylon’s cuisine is famous for its curry spices. They are sharp and soft. Usually, it is added to the rice or vegetables. To soften the spices, the Sri Lankans use coconut juice. By the way, this is the most important and popular product in the country.

Interestingly, the cinnamon in Sri Lanka was first discovered not by the locals but by the Egyptians.

Local Attractions

Sri Lanka is located the largest in South Asia, Royal Botanical Garden, with a magnificent orchid greenhouse. Tourists love to add to their Sri Lanka tour packages the excursions to high mountainous areas to visit tea plantations.

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