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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island country. It's located south east of India and surrounded by the Maldives, the Palk Strait, and the Gulf of Mannar. The population is 20,277,600. The land area is 25,332 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $5,670. The main languages are Sinhala and Tamil.

Until 1972 Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. Sri Lanka is sometimes called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. In ancient times, Sri Lanka was called numerous things by different people, including Lanka or Sinhala by the Indians (from India), Taprobane by some Greek, and Serendib by the Arabs.When the Portuguese arrived in 1505 they gave the name Ceilao, which translated to Ceylon.
With it's location, it was an important stop along the silk road. It is the country where Buddhist teachings were written down for the first time, thus making it the center of the Buddhist religion and culture. It's also the oldest continually Buddhist country.

Pidurutalagala or Mount Pedro is 2524miles high. It is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. It's closest to the city of Nuwara Eliya. With a small mountain like this, I can hardly compare the view to any other mountains I've visited. It's rather small, sort of like the mountains in Colorado, they may seem big, but not really.

Colombo is not the actual capital of Sri Lanka. The capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, also known as Kotte, it is the parliament capital, while Colombo is the commercial capital. However, the focus of this trip is on Colombo, not Kotte. Colombo is similar to Thailand, in the sense that in the sense that it's past and present mix very well. Many temples, like the one below, are spread throughout the Districts. Some are very old, while other are just similar architecture. The second picture is not an actual temple, but a part of the entrance to one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka.

Hindu Temple

Hindu Temple

Gangaramaya Temple -Front-

Gangaramaya Temple -Front-

Sri Lanka skyline

Sri Lanka skyline

Posted by JPalmer15 11:41 Archived in Sri Lanka

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