Published on April 10th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Sri Lanka
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The best way to see Sri Lanka is to jump in a tuk-tuk and ask the driver to take you to his favourite places (obviously whilst you’re on a Geckos tour). The best way to learn about Sri Lanka is to travel around and chat to the locals. The second best way to learn about Sri Lanka is to read these facts. You’re welcome.
1. THAT’S NOT CRICKET
Cricket might be the most popular sport in Sri Lanka, but the national sport is in fact…volleyball. Who’d of thunk it?
There are heaps of waterfalls in Sri Lanka, and the majority of the country’s electricity is hyrdro-powered.
3. HIGH TEA
Sri Lanka is the largest exporter of tea in the world.
4. TEMPLE OF THE TRUTH
Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth (where the relic of the tooth of Buddha is housed), is the most sacred Buddhist site in the world.
5. CINNAMON FOR EVERYONE
Cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.
6. RICE AND CURRY
Rice and curry is the staple dish in Sri Lanka. It’s often eaten from a banana leaf and it’s traditionally eaten with the hands (without cutlery), as is every other meal. The dish is always called rice and curry, never curry and rice, because rice is seen to be the most important part of the dish and Sri Lankan cuisine.
7. THE FIRST LADY
Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to democratically elect a woman as the head of state.
This isn’t a particularly solid fact, but the pineapples in Sri Lanka are absolutely delicious. Grab them from a roadside stall, get the vendor to cut it up, and give it a nibble whenever you need some sweet, sweet deliciousness.
9. COW’S MILK
If you REALLY want to make the locals chuckle, say ella kiri (pronounced ala-ki-ri) to them as much as you can. It means ‘awesome’, but translates literally to ‘cow’s milk’. They’ll be bowled over you know the lingo.
10. HIGHLY LITERATE
Sri Lanka has a literacy rate of 92 percent, which means they have the highest literacy rate in the whole of South Asia.