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.
Few places in the world can offer the remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. 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
On a site that touches the lower slopes of the lush mountains of Hanthana, the University of Peradeniya is famous for its natural beauty.
The University is in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, four kilometres from the sacred city of Kandy (the historic capital of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka) and about 110 kilometres from Colombo. The University spans an area of nearly 700 hectares in the Mahaweli flood plain. Most of the area remains afforested. The climate around the university is mild, and the temperature fluctuates between 18 to 30 degrees Celsius.
The University has eight academic faculties of study. These faculties contain 72 departments in total. In addition, the University has two postgraduate institutions and six affiliated centres. This results in the unviersity of Peradeniya being an ideal platform for multi disciplinary research and is ranked as #1 in research in Sri Lanka. Among our numerous international partner institutions we have ongoing collaborations with 25 Japanese Universities. The University of peradeniya regularly plays host to japanese scholars and students for academic exchange programs.
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