25 Things You Didn’t Know About Sri Lanka

From the beaches in Mirissa, the tea gardens in Kandy, to the giant Buddha rock carvings in Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya Temple, Sri Lanka
PHOTO Wendy Hung

I try not to think about Sri Lanka too much. Years ago, I took a trip with my ex-boyfriend and his family to this beautiful country that had just been trying to bounce back from a horrendous tsunami in 2005. There were more beggars than usual outside of temples, and staying at a hotel on the beach meant that the trashing sounds of waves every minute came with inklings of fear. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka remains a popular destination. So, if you’re planning a trip to this gorgeous country with a sordid history, here are 25 things you might not have known.




Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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