Today, I’m going to tell you a lot of curious things about Sri Lanka that you certainly did not have the slightest idea about. And it is that this destination is magical, and its corners, its people, and its customs are also. It is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” and due to its shape and location, it is also known as the “Tear of India.”
If you have forgotten to buy a gift for a friend and you are already at the airport for your return home, we are sorry to tell you that at best you will be able to give him a fridge. Did you know that the airport is the best store to buy appliances? All shops are of electronic appliances! And nothing of small devices like toasters or coffee makers, what they have the most is the big men: refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, dishwashers, they occupy all the stores of the airport.
Sri Lanka is the largest producer of tea. And his most famous tea is Ceylon; considered one of the best in the world. And there goes the curious fact: the Portuguese colonizers called Ceylon to Sri Lanka until 1972, which changed it, is already a sovereign country. Did you also know that cinnamon is originally from Sri Lanka?
The best memory of Sri Lanka that you can buy is not a magnet or a small figurine, no, it’s a tooth! You read correctly, a tooth of the Buddha. Kandy is the capital of Buddhism, where the precious tooth of Buddha is kept. So you will find many gift shops where you can buy one for yourself. If you don’t want to dishonor or disturb the Buddha or the monks; remember: smoking and drinking alcohol are forbidden in its streets.
If you are thinking about doing a safari, you will like to know that in Sri Lanka you will find numerous national parks and nature reserves where you will see: elephants, buffalos, leopards, black bears, macaques. The elephant is undoubtedly one of the symbols of this country. What is striking and what few people know is that several companies have managed to process the excrement of elephants to convert it into the paper: Elephant Poo paper, an ecological paper that has provided work for many inhabitants.
I walked into the Sri Lankan village; there is a very surprising habit: when they say yes with their heads, they wiggle it from side to side, seeming to say no, but in reality, they are saying yes, as if the world were the other way around. Do you know what is called the vehicle par excellence of Sri Lanka? Tuk-Tuk; both people and goats take them, in the tuk-tuk, there is room for everyone! Rent one and travel the country most authentically.
Sri Lanka is a big producer of tea and tropical products, but also of something much brighter: precious stones. Sapphires, topazes, rubies, amethysts, garnets and rainbow moonstones are extracted from the subsoil of the island. These precious stones are very appreciated worldwide for their quality, there are even some that are only found here, such as the blue sapphire Ceylon or the Sapphire Padparadscha, discovered in Sri Lanka. That is why it is not surprising that there are a lot of jewelry in the cities. Of course, in Sri Lanka, diamonds are not mined because there is not.
This country has a unique personality; It is a special and cozy island that will not leave you indifferent. At Hotels & Resorts we are sure that after knowing these curiosities about Sri Lanka, you are even more encouraged to travel to this still unknown paradise.
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