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    Let's learn about our neighbours: Now it's the turn of Sri Lanka

    We have already covered Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Maldives. Now it's time to know about Sri Lanka. We all know that we have very close relationship with the beautiful island-country since the ancient period. Now let us know about some amazing facts about Sri Lanka.

    1. Sri Lanka is also known as 'Pearl of Indian Ocean' and 'Teardrop of India'.
    2. Sri Lanka has the highest literacy rate in entire South Asia. As per last census held in 2010, the literacy rate of this not-so-small country is 98.1%. Sri Lanka is also very advanced as per other socio-economic indicators.
    3. Adam's peak is the most sacred mountain of the country. People following all four major religions (Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians) find this peak very sacred.
    4. Although Sri Lanka is well-known for Asiatic elephants, the National animal of the country is lion.
    5. Sri Lankan flag is one of the oldest National flags of the world. It represents all three major religions (Buddhism, Hindusim and Islam) practised in the country. It also contains the image of a lion, the National animal of the country.
    6. Not only Darjeeling or Assam tea, Sri Lankan tea is also very famous all over the world. Sri Lanka earns a considerable revenue by exporting famous 'Ceylon Tea'.
    7. Sri Lanka largely depends upon hydro-electricity. The country, in fact, discourages setting up of thermal power stations.
    8. What is the National sports of Sri Lanka? No, it is not cricket. Don't be astonished! Volleyball is the National sports of the country.
    9. Cinnamon is known and loved around the world. It is now used as a spice in food of every continent. Cinnamon has originated from this beautiful island-country.
    10. When Sri Lankans say 'yes', they don't nod their heads up and down. Heads are moved from side to side to indicate 'yes'. Don't take it as 'No'.

    Visit this beautiful country at least once. You will be rejuvenated.
  • #614417
    One of my best friend from college lives in Sri-lanka and it is nice to know more about her country. Thank Mr. Partha for this information.

  • #614419
    Once more the author has given details of our one more close neighbor Sri Lanka and surely we are closely connected with that country.. Who can forget Radio Ceylon which used to broadcast Binaca geeth mala those days.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #614420
    If you turn youtube there are videos having 15 interesting facts about every country and Island with visual and audio daily I will go through those videos to know 15 interesting facts about Island and country.
    A blunt knife or rusted knife can't be useful for anything just for the sake we call it as the knife similar to PayTM series or Sachin or Virat records.

  • #614427
    Sri Lanka is weird. Ok. I have a doubt. Sri Lankan flag is the oldest flag in the world but it has a lion on it. I don't think lions were found Sri Lanka because its an island, an equatorial island, absolutely non favorable for lions.
    So, did Sri Lankans add lion to their flag from India?
    Because India had lions in the north.

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #614428
    Sri Lanka other name or alias name is Sinhalese in Sanskrit Sinha or Singam(Tamil and Telugu) or Simham(Telugu) all are synonyms of Lions.
    A blunt knife or rusted knife can't be useful for anything just for the sake we call it as the knife similar to PayTM series or Sachin or Virat records.

  • #614429
    ''Sri Lankan other name or alias name is Sinhalese in Sanskrit Sinha or Singam or Simham all are synonyms of Lions."-What does it mean?

    Mr. Aditya Mohan: This is really very astonishing. I know that the elephant was sent to Sri Lanka by Emperor Ashoka when his son and daughter visited the country. But what about lion? Why lion has been declared as the National animal of the country?

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #614433
    Good information about Srilanka by the Author. Srilanka is the country with highest literacy rate. Radio Ceylon is very popular in my childhood days. Telugu songs in the evening were very interesting and Binaca Geeth Mala programme. Radio Announcer Meenakshi Pannudorai was very popular those days. We used to tune this channel in the evenings for her voice. Srilanka is having many similarities with our country in the habits of the people.
    always confident

  • #614434
    Information from Google search
    From the Sanskrit word Sinhala, meaning literally "of lions". Another Sanskrit meaning is 'Sinha' (lion) + 'la' (blood or heart).It traces the historical origin of the Sinhalese people back to the first king of Sri Lanka, Vijaya, who is the son of Sinhabahu (Sanskrit meaning 'Sinha' (lion) + 'bahu' (hands, feet), the ruler of Sinhapura.
    From Google search ...
    The Sri Lanka lion (Panthera leo sinhaleyus), also known as the Ceylon lion, is an extinct prehistoric subspecies of lion, endemic to Sri Lanka. It appears to have become extinct prior to the arrival of culturally modern humans, c. 37,000 years BC. This lion is only known from two teeth found in deposits at Kuruwita

    A blunt knife or rusted knife can't be useful for anything just for the sake we call it as the knife similar to PayTM series or Sachin or Virat records.

  • #614449
    Nice set of facts about Sri Lanka Mr.Partha. This beautiful island nation has plenty of beaches, lush jungles and lots of wildlife events revolving around the elephants.It also has the famous Buddha sacred tooth relic temple known as Sri Dalada Maligawa at Kandy, Sri Lanka. It's a site of historical significance for political and religious reasons. Couple of other titbits.
    Stamps of Srilanka are very beautiful, especially the ones issued by the British, when ceylon was their colony. It's interesting to note that the earlier SriLankan stamps had three languages on it- English, Sinhalese and Tamil.
    We have hear about SAARC & ASEAN groups but few know about Colombo plan that was established in 1950 to transfer help( infrastructure,technology and development) from developed to developing countries in southeast Asia. Didn't know about the loin in the flag!

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