Sri Lanka is a beautiful, exotic destination full of culture, nature, wildlife and smiling faces.

For a country with such a violent history (and recently so, at that), the island is actually home to some of the friendliest people out there. Located between India and southeast Asia, Sri Lanka is quite like neither India nor Asia, leaving it in somewhat of a curious middle ground as far as geography, features, culture, landscape, and customs. You might already assume that some places here don't serve beef (12% of the island's population is Hindu), but in our list of 14 things you should know before travel to Sri Lanka, we've included 13 other facts about the destination that you probably don't know. Read on so you do.

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