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8 Things You May Not Have Known About Ceylon

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“Ceylon is one of the popular holiday destinations in Southern Asia. This tiny island is known to the world since the pre-Christian era.”

8 Things You May Not Have Known About Ceylon

Ceylon or Sri Lanka is one of the popular holiday destinations in Asia. This tiny island is known to the world since the pre-Christian era. Yet, there are many people, who have not even heard of this beautiful tropical island. After ending the thirty years civil war in the northern territory of the country, it has become one of the safest places for tourists in the region. Today island is experiencing so-called tourist boom and has been given an important place in the tourist’s radar. In this post, I have formulated a list of several tips under the title of “8 Things You May Not Have Known About Ceylon”.

1) Ceylon or Sri Lanka

Ceylon is the most recent ancient name of the island Sri Lanka, which is located in southern Asia. This tiny island was known by many names in the past. Lanka, Ceylan, Ceilao, Ratnadeepa, Serendib, Serendipity, Pearl of the Orient are several names of the island in the past. Ceylon was the official name of the country during the British occupation. The present name Sri Lanka was adopted in 1972 under the independent government of the island.

2) Ceylon Tea

World-renowned Tea is coming from the island of Sri Lanka (former Ceylon). Even today Sri Lanka is a leading tea-producing nation in the world. Tea is the 2nd most important industry on the island.

3) Is Sri Lanka Safe?

YES indeed, Sri Lanka is ranked among the safest countries around the world. There had been travel advisories in many countries, warning tourists to keep away from the island in the past. But since the end of the Civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has become one of the safest holiday destinations in the world. Now it is time to explore this fascination tropical island.

4) Colonized by Europeans

Sri Lanka is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic country and western influence is clearly visible in the Sri Lankan culture and tradition. Sri Lanka was a colony of Portuguese, Dutch and British. Each colonial ruler controlled the island roughly about 150 years. The remnants of colonial rulers can be seen in many parts of the island. The colonial influence has been penetrated the life of people and it is visible in the governing pattern, legal system, language, custom and tradition of the country.

5) Colombo is actually not the capital of Ceylon or Sri Lanka

Colombo is the most populated city in the country. Colombo is about 35 km from the international airport of Sri Lanka and located on the west coast of the island. The population of the city estimated to be around 2 million. Colombo is not the capital of the island as most foreigners think. Colombo is the commercial centre of the island while Sri Jayawardena Pura is the capital of Sri Lanka.

6) Sri Lanka has had over 30-year civil war

There had been 30 years civil war in the island of Sri Lanka and it was completely ended in 2009. An attempt by an armed group to separate the north and eastern parts of the island was the main reason for the civil war. The war engulfed Northern and eastern parts of the island making some devastating effects on the island. A large number of people has perished and several thousands of people were crippled in the war.

8) Sri Lanka suitable for the holiday’s throughout the year

Sri Lanka is a warm tropical country, which is suitable for holidays at any given time of the year. Sri Lanka is under the influence of monsoon and experiences a heavy rainfall during the monsoon. South-West and North-East monsoon are the main contributors of the rainfall. Depending on the seasonality most suitable Holidays destination would be either eastern Sri Lanka or western Sri Lanka.

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