10 Interesting Facts About Trincomalee

Facts About Trincomalee

Facts About Trincomalee

  1. The Trincomalee has developed from a village settlement on the promontory dedicated to the Hindu shrine.
  2. The recorded history of Trincomalee spans more than two and a half thousand years, beginning with the civilian settlement associated with the Koneswaram temple in the pre-modern era.
  3. The estimated population of Trincomalee is 99,135.
  4. The origin of the term Ko, Kone and Konatha lie in the Old Tamil word for the terms “Lord”, “King” or “Chief”, which allude to the deity that presides here; this term appears in several Tamil Brahmi inscriptions of the 6th century BCE 2nd century CE.
  5. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle operated a shortwave and mediumwave relay station in Trincomalee, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 2013.
  6. Trincomalee also is known as Gokanna/Gokarna, is the administrative headquarters of the Trincomalee District.
  7. Trincomalee city is home to the famous Koneswaram temple from where it developed and earned its historic Tamil name Thirukonamalai.
  8. Trincomalee has been one of the main centres of Sri Lankan Tamil language speaking culture on the island for over two millennia.
  9. People from Trincomalee are known as Trincomalians.
  10. The British continued to hold the harbour after Sri Lanka’s independence but relinquished it in 1957.
Facts About Trincomalee
Facts About Trincomalee

20 Interesting Facts About Colombo

Facts About Colombo

Facts About Colombo

  1. Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka by population.
  2. The biggest and oldest park in Colombo is the Viharamahadevi Park, formerly known as Victoria Park, and features a large Buddha statue.
  3. Colombo Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon established in 1998.
  4. Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago.
  5. In 1796, the British captured Colombo, keeping it as a British military outpost until 1815 when Colombo was named the capital of the newly-created British Ceylon crown colony.
  6. Colombo is divided into 15 numbered areas for the purposes of postal services.
  7. The Vesak festival is Colombo’s most beautiful festival is the celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death all falling on the same day. 
  8. The Colombo has many canals and, in the heart of the city, the 65-hectare Beira Lake.
  9. National Museum of Colombo is the largest museum in Sri Lanka.
  10. Colombo is also the administrative capital of the Western Province and the district capital of Colombo District.
  11. Muslim Moor traders began to settle in Colombo in the 8th century AD.
  12. Colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British exist alongside structures built in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and Contemporary architectural styles.
  13. The name ‘Colombo’, first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhala name කොලොන් තොට Kolon thota, meaning “port on the river Kelani”.
  14. Founded in 1880, The Royal Colombo Golf Club is a sanctuary situated in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is the second oldest Royal Golf Club.
  15. Colombo Harbour is the largest and one of the busiest ports in Sri Lanka.
  16. The National Museum of Colombo, established on 1 January 1877 during the tenure of the British Colonial Governor Sir William Henry Gregory, is in the Cinnamon Gardens area.
  17. The estimated Population of Colombo is 752,993.
  18. Colombo features a tropical monsoon climate under the Köppen climate classification, falling just short of a tropical rainforest climate.
  19. Colombo is twinned with: Biratnagar, Nepal; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Shanghai, China; Leeds, United Kingdom; Ulan Bator, Mongolia; Malé, Maldives & Maroshi, Maldives.
  20. Colombo is the home for two of the country’s most popular international cricket stadiums: Colombo Cricket Club Ground & Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.
Facts About Colombo
Interesting Facts About Colombo

10 Interesting Facts About Batticaloa

Facts About Batticaloa

Facts About Batticaloa

  1. Batticaloa is the administrative capital of the Batticaloa District.
  2. The original name of the region being the Tamil “Matakkalappu”
  3. Batticaloa is in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on a flat coastal plain boarded by the Indian Ocean in the east occupies a central part of eastern Sri Lanka.
  4. Batticaloa has a tropical wet and dry climate under the Köppen climate classification, also generically referred to as ‘dry-monsoonal climate’.
  5. The city has four main divisions: Puliyanthivu, Kallady, Koddamunar & Puthur.
  6. Batticaloa is a major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital.
  7. Batticaloa is the seat of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and is a major commercial city.
  8. The estimated population of Batticaloa is 100,000.
  9. Batticaloa is a Portuguese derivation. Ruined Portuguese and Dutch forts remain from the colonial period.
  10. Batticaloa is the trading centre for rice and coconuts from nearby plantations and for other agricultural products.
Facts About Batticaloa
Interesting Facts About Batticaloa

15 Interesting Facts About Jaffna

Facts About Jaffna

Facts About Jaffna

  • Jaffna is known in Tamil as Yalpanam and earlier known as Yalpanapattinam. A 15th-century inscription of the Vijayanagara Empire mentions the place as Yalpaanayanpaddinam.
  • Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
  • In December 2004 the city was hit by a large tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake in the Indian Ocean near Indonesia that caused widespread death and destruction.
  • Jaffna’s suburb Nallur served as the capital of the four-century-long medieval Jaffna Kingdom.
  • Megalithic excavations reveal settlements of an early period in this region.
  • The estimated population of Jaffna is 88,138.
  • Since 2017 an express ferry service connects Jaffna with Delft islands.
  • Jaffna is the administrative headquarters of the Jaffna District located on a peninsula of the same name.
  • Jaffna is twinned with Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States & Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom.
  • The primary railway station in the city is the Jaffna Railway Station.
  • Prior to the Sri Lankan civil war, it was Sri Lanka’s second most populated city after the commercial capital Colombo.
  • Jaffna city was founded as a trading town by European merchants.
  • Jaffna is Sri Lanka’s 12th largest city.
  • The city is surrounded by Jaffna Lagoon to its west and south, Kokkuvil and Thirunelveli to the north, and Nallur to the east.
  • Jaffna has 160 km of coastline and is almost completely surrounded by ocean.
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Facts About Jaffna

10 Interesting Facts About Katunayake

Facts About Katunayake

Facts About Katunayake

  1. Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has its head office in Katunayake
  2. SriLankan Airlines is headquartered on the grounds of the airport in Katunayake.
  3. The climate is tropical in Katunayake.
  4. The estimated population of Katunayake is 61,228.
  5. Katunayake is a suburb of Negombo city in Western Province, Sri Lanka.
  6. The average annual temperature in Katunayake is 27.2 °C / 81.1 °F.
  7. Katunayake is the site of the primary airport in the country, Bandaranaike International Airport.
  8. The Katunayake lies on 8m above sea level.
  9. Katunayake is currently served by the A3 highway from Colombo to Negombo.
  10. The Katunayake KTZ covers 190 ha and is the largest of the country’s eight FTZs.
Facts About Katunayake
Facts About Katunayake

5 Interesting Facts About Kolonnawa

Facts About Kolonnawa

Facts About Kolonnawa

  • Kolonnawa is a town in Colombo District, Western Province of Sri Lanka.
  • Kolonnawa Latitude: 6°55.974′ N and Longitude: 79°53.088′ E.
  • Kolonnawa is popular for slopes, hunting, natural places, scenic roads, secret, countryside, gardens, nature, monuments around Sri Lanka.
  • Kolonnawa is 66 ft above sea level.
  • Kolonnawa wetter season lasts 8.2 months, from April 4 to December 9.
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    Facts About Kolonnawa

5 Interesting Facts About Dambulla

Facts About Dambulla

Facts About Dambulla

  1. Dambulla is the second-largest population centre in the district.
  2. The area is thought to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC. 
  3. Dambulla Cave Temple is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
  4. Dambulla is a town situated in the north of Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka.
  5. The estimated population of Dambulla is 72,306.
Facts About Dambulla
Facts About Dambulla

10 Interesting Facts About Ratnapura

Facts About Ratnapura

Facts About Ratnapura

  1. Ratnapura city is located in the A4 Highway which connects capital Colombo to Kalmunai in the Eastern Province.
  2. Ratnapura features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification.
  3. The name ‘Ratnapura’ is a Sanskrit word meaning “city of gems”, from the Sanskrit words Pura (town) and Ratna (gemstone).
  4. Ratnapura is a major city in Sri Lanka, It is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, as well as the Ratnapura District.
  5. The estimated Population of Ratnapura is 52,170.
  6. Ratnapura is a traditional centre for the Sri Lankan gem trade.
  7. Ratnapura is also spelt as Rathnapura.
  8. Ratnapura is the starting point for the ‘classic’ or hard route up Adam’s Peak, via the Gilimale and Carney Estates.
  9. Ratnapura is also known for the production of rice and fruit.
  10. In 2019, Ranapure Hospital was upgraded as a teaching Hospital with the establishment of medical faculty at Sabaragamuwa University.
Facts About Ratnapura
Facts About Ratnapura

10 Interesting Facts About Anuradhapura

Facts About Anuradhapura

Facts About Anuradhapura

  1. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization.
  2. Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District.
  3. Anuradhapura was a major intellectual centre for early Theravāda Buddhism, home to revered Buddhist philosophers including Buddhaghosa.
  4. Anuradhapura was the third capital of the kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
  5. Anuradhapura is a World Heritage site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.
  6. Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
  7. Although according to historical records the city was founded in the 5th century BC, the archaeological data put the date as far back as the 10th century BC.
  8. The Anuradhapura Kingdom appears on Ptolemy’s world map, one of the oldest maps known to man.
  9. Anuradhapura has an ancient cutting from a sacred fig tree, which was brought from India to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC by Princess Sanghamitta, a Buddhist nun.
  10. The estimated Population of Anuradhapura is 50,595.
Facts About Anuradhapura
Facts About Anuradhapura

10 Interesting Nahargarh Fort Facts

Nahargarh Fort Facts

Nahargarh Fort Facts

  1. Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734.
  2. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857, several Europeans were moved to Nahargarh fort by the king of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh, for their protection.
  3. Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.
  4. Nahargarh Fort never came under attack during the course of its history
  5. The fort was extended in 1868, during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh. In 1883-92, a range of palaces was built at Nahargarh by Dirgh Patel at a cost of nearly three and a half lakh rupees.
  6. Until April 1944, the Jaipur State government used Nahargarh Fort for its official purposes solar time read from the Samrat Yantra in the Jantar Mantar Observatory, with a gun fired from Nahargarh Fort as the time signal.
  7. Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
  8. The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort.
  9. The scenes were shot in Nahargarh Fort by some famous Bollywood films such as Rang De Basanti and Jodhaa Akbar.
  10. The Madhavendra Bhawan in Nahargarh Fort was built for the Royal Women, The rooms of the castle have also been linked to the corridors, this is because the King could go to any queen’s room without notifying the other queens. 
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Interesting Nahargarh Fort Facts