Sri Lanka is an island just off India in the Indian Ocean. Its capital city is Colombo. It used to be called Ceylon, and it is very famous for its Ceylon tea. It’s also known for its delicious spicy food. Maybe that’s why it is becoming more popular with coliving enthusiasts.
Sri Lanka has a multiethnic population, with the Sinhalese being a large percentage of the population. The Sinhalese are usually Buddhist. They live alongside the Hindu Tamils and the Sri Lankan Moors, or Muslims, who are descendants of the ancient traders and settlers of Arab and Indian origin. The Malays and Chinese also traded with Sri Lankans and settled there.
Sri Lanka has a rich history. It was first colonised by the Portuguese who landed on the island in 1505. They were replaced by the Dutch in the 17th century. It became a British colony in 1802 and finally gained its independence in 1948.
There’s plenty to see and do in Sri Lanka. You can go to Yala National Park to see elephants roaming freely. If elephants aren’t your thing (but doesn’t everyone like them?), go on a tour of a tea plantation or take a train, the Yal Devi (Queen of Jaffna) Express to see the countryside. The train will take you from Jaffna to Colombo. Or take a train from Ella to Kandy.
If you fancy a snack, try one of the Sri Lankans favourite, the hopper. It is made with a rice flour batter flavoured with spices and coconut milk. The batter is shaped into a kind of bowl and filled with fried eggs. This snack is ideal for breakfast. Alternatively, buy a spicy samosa or two, or delicious Chinese rolls.
Facts about Sri Lanka:
• Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest planted tree in the world, can be found in Anuradhapura. It is said to have originated from the tree that Buddha sat under when he found enlightenment.
• Sri Lanka became a republic in 1972.
• Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first female prime minister in the world.
• The World Health Organization declared that Sri Lanka was finally free of malaria in 2016.