14 Things x Sri Lanka

Only once you are at work, can you understand the back-to-work after holiday fear that every adult has spoken about. We got back from Sri Lanka on Monday night around 10.30pm, and after food and shower it was midnight before I got to bed. That was 4am Sri Lanka time, and – whoops – 20 straight hours of being awake. Then a 7am wake-up-call for work on Tuesday.
We were in Sri Lanka for just about a week exactly and I’m already thinking of another trip there. If I had my way we’d have stayed for a lot longer, but for the first time ever really I’m constricted by a set number of days for holiday each year (real life v student life).
Here are 14 random things we learnt during our week in Sri Lanka!

  1. The elephants at the elephant orphanages eat around 250kg of food EACH every day.
  2. Sri Lanka is the 3rd most popular surf destination in the world.
  3. Only women are employed as tea-pickers.
  4. Per square meter of land, Sri Lanka has the highest population of leopards in the world.
  5. Products and perfumes with sandalwood in them are expensive for a reason – it can take 30 years to harvest just 500ml of pure sandalwood oil.
  6. 70% of the population are Buddhist.
  7. Two common types of coconut grow in Sri Lanka – the red coconut and green coconut.
  8. Even though the Sri Lankans are as obsessed with cricket as their Indian neighbours, the national sport is volleyball (?!).
  9. Turning your back to the Buddha when in a temple or to any Buddha statue is considered very disrespectful.
  10. Sri Lanka produces between 80% and 90% of the world’s cinnamon supply!
  11. Duty Free at Colombo Airport includes washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and ovens. Just in case, you know, the one you brought with you from home didn’t survive the flight…
  12. The world’s first female Prime Minister was Sri Lankan in the 1960s.
  13. The railway was constructed to transport the tea from up in the hills to the port of Colombo.
  14. Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka and producers hand roll the sheets into the the little rolled up tubes we buy from our supermarkets. I had no idea!

More from the trip is coming soon!
Love, Chloe


  1. Such a great post! I didn’t know any of these! I have learnt something today! My boyfriend has lived in Sri Lanka for few years but I am not even sure he will know these! xx corinne

    • May 29, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Oh wow haha! We had such a helpful driver while we were there, it was nonstop facts like this!

  2. May 29, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I LOVE this list! Every single one of these facts had me going ‘whaaat?’. I’m really intrigued about the buying a washing machine duty free at the airport thing. 🙂 I think I would love to visit an elephant orphanage, they really are some of the sweetest, most intelligent animals.

    • June 5, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Crazy! You get through immigration and into arrivals and instead of regular duty free there are fridges, washing machines, loads of appliance shops! xx

  3. May 30, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Wow, I can’t believe one animal could eat so much in one day! How do they ever make it in the wild??
    Also, I simply cannot imagine buying a WASHING MACHINE in a duty-free!

    • June 5, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      To be honest they were putting it all away pretty quickly haha! Such an amazing thing to see. And I know! That’s the thing that has everyone perplexed aha xx

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