Sri Lanka

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a rich history. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.

Within a mere area of 65,610 square kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover the wonder of Asia!


The Hill capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy is renown for its cultural richness and soothing hills. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, counted amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO, the city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea.

Considered to be the cultural capital of the island country, it was the last kingdom in the island until the British successfully invade it in the year 1815. The most attractive feature about this city is the sacred tooth relic, according to which the protector of the tooth of the Buddha is the ruler of the Kingdom.

At present Kandy stands as the second largest city of Sri Lanka, apart from being the capital of the country’s Central Province. Kandy is also home to the Old Royal Palace of Kandy consisting of armories, Queens chambers and concubine quarters, the Royal Botanical Garden that boasts of several tropical foliages, the Embekke Temples which are decorated with complex wooden carvings of musicians, dancers, birds, wrestlers and beasts among many other significant sites.

University of Peradeniya

Located on the misty hills of Hantana, lies the home of 15000 students, 1000 academicians and 2500 administrative staff members. The University spans an area of nearly 700 hectares in the Mahaweli flood plain. Most of the area remains afforested. Renown as being one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, it is home to some of the best researchers in country.

Established in the year 1942, it is the largest University in the country consisting of 9 Faculties that produces the best undergraduates and postgraduates to the country while promoting and conducting multi disciplinary research, international exchange and collaborations. The Faculties of Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Agriculture, Dental Sciences, Engineering, Management, Medicine, Science, and Veterinary Medicine all form the nodes of an impressive and extensive network of interconnected and mutually supportive research that is unique to the University of Peradeniya. In addition, the University has three postgraduate institutions and six affiliated centres. This results in the University of Peradeniya being an ideal platform for research and is ranked as #1 in research in Sri Lanka.

The Peradeniya family burns the midnight oil in their endeavour to better understand the intricacies of the phenomena around us and to provide answers to relevant questions that have implications locally, nationally, regionally and globally. We have over the years partnered with institutions around the world, developing academic ties with more than 80 foreign partners that further strengthens our research culture and permits the exchange of ideas, information, technology and the curiosity that is the stem of all research.

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Peradeniya is the First Faculty of Engineering ever to be established in Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1950 and shifted to the present location at Peradeniya in 1964. The Faculty of Engineering is one of the nine Faculties of the University of Peradeniya, located in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Mahaweli River and at the foothills of the Hantana mountain range.

The Faculty has eight different academic departments comprising over 130 well qualified academic staff. Nationally and internationally accredited curriculum of the degree programme has been planned to offer the students a comprehensive Engineering education of very high standards. A well thought, carefully designed array of Core, Technical and Non-technical courses, Design & Laboratory sessions, Field works, Career guidance, Industrial training and Personal development activities etc., spaced over a period of eight semesters, provide the students with sound theoretical background & a balanced exposure to practical engineering, providing world class opportunities to train themselves to become well-rounded Engineering graduates. In addition, the Faculty conducts over 10 postgraduate programmes; research degrees as well as taught courses, leading to Masters’, MPhil and PhD degrees.