Top ten amazing and interesting facts about Sri Lanka

What is the first thing you could think about amazing "Sri Lanka"? Probably Tea or Cricket or Elephant. Yes, it’s true, that Sri Lanka is famous for tea (Ceylon tea), cricket and elephant. But that's not all, it has many interesting facts and figures. Here we will see top 10 amazing and interesting facts about Sri Lanka.
Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (short name is Sri Lanka)
Continent: Asia
Independence Day: 4th February, 1948
Area: 65610 km2
Population: 20.48 million (2013)
Capital: Colombo
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
Official Languages: Sinhala, Tamil

Top 10 amazing and interesting facts about Sri Lanka:

1. Sri Lanka, one of most beautiful islands in the world, was known as Ceylon before 1972. It is also known as 'Pearl of Indian Ocean' and 'teardrop of India' due to its shape. This country has a reference in great Hindu epic 'Ramayana'. It is believed to be the kingdom of Ravana and was known as 'Lanka'.

2. Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first female prime minister when she was elected from Sri Lanka. She served as prime minister of Ceylon and Sri Lanka three times, 1960–65, 1970–77 and 1994–2000.

3.Interesting facts about Sri Lanka Flag:

- The national flag of Sri Lanka is considered to be one of the oldest flag in the World. This is the only flag in the world that recognizes different religions.
- Lion represents Sinhalese people of the island.
- Bo-leaves at the four corners represent Buddhism. These four leaves stand for four virtues - Kindness, Friendliness, Happiness and Equanimity
- Orange vertical stripe represents Hindu and Green vertical stripe represents Muslim

4. Hydroelectricity is the oldest and most dependant source of electricity generation in Sri Lanka

5. Sri Lanka has highest literacy rate in whole South Asia, 98.1% according to 2010 census (97.7% Male and 98.6% Female). There are eleven universities in Sri Lanka.

6. Adam’s peak is the most sacred mountain in the country. There is a believe that the footprint on this peak is of Buddha for Buddhist, Shiva for Hindu and Adam for Muslims and Christians.

7. Facts about Sri Lanka animals:

Though Sri Lanka is famous for Asian Elephant, Lion is the national animal.
Sri Lanka maintains an elephant orphanage and breeding ground at Pinnawala village, mostly for Asian elephants.

8. Sri Lanka is one of the World’s leading tea exporter countries, famous Ceylon tea. Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange and share 2% of GDP. 

9. Sri Lankan nods their heads up and down to say Yes, rather than side by side. It looks like they are saying NO.

- Coconut is one of the main ingredients used in Sri Lankan food.
- Spice Cinnamon was originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by Egyptians.
- The most common meal in Sri Lanka is spicy curry with rice and a side dish of vegetables

Except these 10, there are many more amazing facts about Sri Lanka. Please comment here to add more interesting facts about Sri Lanka.
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