"I made myself go to Ceylon"

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka - Credit: Anuradha Ratnaweera
 Ceylon was the name of the island of Sri Lanka from 1948-1972.  It is situated very close to the southern coast of India and became part of the British Empire in 1815 and was an important base for Allied troops fighting the Japanese during WW2.  Its independence in 1948 was gained peaceably.  Its beautiful landscape includes mountains, beaches and tropical forests, and consequently it enjoys a diversity of animal and plant life.  In 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became Sri Lanka's - and the world’s - first female prime minister.  The country was sadly engaged in civil war from 1983-2009, due to some of the minority Tamil population wanting to establish an independent state of their own.