Popularly referred to as ‘the tear drop of India’ or ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka is an island country situated in South Asia in the Indian Ocean. The largest exporter of tea and the originator of the spice cinnamon, Sri Lanka has taken up quite an important place in the world map. The country boasts of highest literacy rate in the entire South Asia. These are some of the many interesting facts about Sri Lanka as a country. Talking about its nationals or Sri Lankans, the country has served as the address of numerous famous writers, scientists, politicians, singers, artists, restaurateurs, journalists, engineers, philanthropists and so on.
Chamath PalihapitiyaChamath Palihapitiya
03 September 1975
Venture Capitalist
Jacqueline FernandezJacqueline Fernandez
11 August 1985

Jack ChurchillJack Churchill
16 September 1906
Military Leader

Mahinda RajapaksaMahinda Rajapaksa
18 November 1945
President of Sri Lanka

Sirimavo BandaranaikeSirimavo Bandaranaike
17 April 1916
Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Chandrika Kumaratunga Chandrika Kumaratunga
29 June 1945
Fifth President of Sri Lanka
Don Stephen SenanayakeD. S. Senanayake
20 October 1883
First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
23 June 1924
Third President of Sri Lanka

Maithripala SirisenaMaithripala Sirisena
03 September 1951
President of Sri Lanka
Ranil WickremasingheRanil Wickremasinghe
24 March 1949
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

J. R. JayewardeneJ. R. Jayewardene
17 September 1906
Former President of Sri Lanka
Radhika SarathkumarRadhika Sarathkumar
21 August 1963

Muttiah MuralitharanMuttiah Muralitharan
17 April 1972

Kumar SangakkaraKumar Sangakkara
27 October 1977

Velupillai PrabhakaranVelupillai Prabhakaran
26 November 1954

Sanath JayasuriyaSanath Jayasuriya
30 June 1969
Lasith MalingaLasith Malinga
28 August 1983
Sri Lankan cricketer

Tillakaratne DilshanTillakaratne Dilshan
14 October 1976

Nirosha RadhaNirosha Radha
30 January 1971

Arjuna RanatungaArjuna Ranatunga
01 December 1963
Sri Lankan cricketer
Aravinda de SilvaAravinda de Silva
17 October 1965
Sri Lankan cricketer

Angelo MathewsAngelo Mathews
02 June 1987
10 December 1952

Ajantha MendisAjantha Mendis
11 March 1985
Sri Lankan cricketer

Arul PragasamArul Pragasam
01 January 1940
Marvan AtapattuMarvan Atapattu
22 November 1970
Sri Lankan cricketer

C. W. W. KannangaraC. W. W. Kannangara
13 October 1884
Diplomat, Politician
Anagarika DharmapalaAnagarika Dharmapala
17 September 1864

Dinesh ChandimalDinesh Chandimal
18 November 1989
Sri Lankan cricketer

Ananda CoomaraswamyAnanda Coomaraswamy
22 August 1877
S. W. R. D. BandaranaikeS. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
08 January 1899
Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer

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H. Saint John PhilbyH. Saint John Philby
03 April 1885

Dhananjaya de SilvaDhananjaya de Silva
06 September 1991
Sri Lankan cricketer

Thisara PereraThisara Perera
03 April 1989
Sri Lankan cricketer

Suranga LakmalSuranga Lakmal
10 March 1987
Sri Lankan cricketer
Akila DananjayaAkila Dananjaya
04 October 1993
Sri Lankan cricketer
Kusal MendisKusal Mendis
02 February 1995
Sri Lankan cricketer

Kusal PereraKusal Perera
17 August 1990
Sri Lankan cricketer

Parākramabāhu IParākramabāhu I
1123 AD

Sarath FonsekaSarath Fonseka
18 December 1950
Henry Montgomery LawrenceHenry Montgomery Lawrence
28 June 1806
Military officer

J.B. JeyaretnamJ.B. Jeyaretnam
05 January 1926

Dingiri Banda WijetungaDingiri Banda Wijetunga
15 February 1916
President of Sri Lanka

Udaya GammanpilaUdaya Gammanpila
06 February 1970

David de KretserDavid de Kretser
27 April 1939
Medical researcher
Niluka KarunaratneNiluka Karunaratne
13 February 1985
Badminton player

Dharmasena PathirajaDharmasena Pathiraja
28 March 1943
Film director, Screenwriter
Neelan TiruchelvamNeelan Tiruchelvam
31 January 1944

Frederick G. DonnanFrederick G. Donnan
06 September 1870

Timothy R. ParsonsTimothy R. Parsons
01 November 1932
Udeni DonaUdeni Dona
12 March 1993

Sunil AbeyesundereSunil Abeyesundere
14 December 1947
Some of the most iconic Sri Lankan role models include CWW Kannangara, an educationist who is noted as the father of free education, Dr GP Malalasekara, an orientalist of world fame, George Keyt, a foremost painter and artist, Mahela Jayawardene a cricketer and so on. Nanda Malini, a world-class singer, is credited for starting a new chapter in Sri Lankan classical music. Her outstanding talent for music has made her the most respected and idolized singers of the country. Booker prize felicitated writer and novelist Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan by birth. Find out in details about famous Sri Lankans, their life and their works through this section.