Sri Lanka Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Sri Lanka is a small island country in Asia. This lesson will teach you about Sri Lanka, where you can find it on the map, how it got one of its nicknames, what languages are spoken there, and some other cool facts about this tiny nation.

Where is Sri Lanka?

Imagine finding a white building carved right into the side of a rocky cliff. When you go in, you see many figures and a lot of bright colors and designs. You aren't in a museum; you are in a famous temple in the country of Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka is a small island country in the Indian Ocean and is part of the continent of Asia. It is small enough to fit inside Texas more than 10 times!

Map of Sri Lanka
Map of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka sits just off the tip of India and is sometimes called the 'Teardrop of India' because of its tear-like shape.

The capital of Sri Lanka is Colombo (pronounced kuh-LUM-bo). It is a big city that sits on the west coast by the Indian Ocean. Although it is a busy city with tall buildings, it also has beaches where people like to walk along the shore and get sand between their toes.

The capital city of Colombo
The capital city of Colombo

Because Sri Lanka used to be ruled by Great Britain, English is still a commonly-used language, so you'd probably be able to ask for directions to the beach with no problem. But the official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala (pronounced sin-HAH-lah) and Tamil (pronounced TA-mul).

And if you want to buy some ice cream after visiting the beach, you'll have to exchange your dollars for Sri Lankan rupees first.

Life in Sri Lanka

There is a mountainous city in Sri Lanka called Kandy, just like the sweet treat. While you're visiting, you can stop by the Temple of the Tooth, which supposedly has one of Buddha's teeth. Buddha was the founder of the Buddhist religion that most people practice in Sri Lanka.

Temple of the Tooth
Temple of the Tooth

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