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Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed In Sri Lanka

Recognise any of these places?

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Sri Lanka — or Thailand, Malaysia, and most commonly India, as Hollywood and other film makers would like to make us think — has long been used as a filming location for basically any movie set in the jungle or at the beach. Many Academy Award winning movies have used the wilderness and coastline of Sri Lanka as sets for their stories. Here are a list of some of the most famous.

1. The Bridge Over The River Kwai (1957)
You probably already knew, but it’s too iconic not to mention.

bridge over the river kwai bridge river sri lanka men rope
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2. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)
Listen carefully and you will find that the “Indian” extras are ALL speaking Sinhala.

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Harrison Ford, 1984, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

3. Elephant Walk (1954)
Even though this was set in British Ceylon, Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning movie is definitely worth mentioning. 


4. The Purple Plain (1954)
Gregory Peck actually stayed in Kandy’s infamous “Helga’s Folly” during the filming of this one.

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5. Never So Few (1959)
The legendary Frank Sinatra in Sri Lanka? Yes, please!


6. Midnight’s Children (1981)
Salman Rushdie’s classic brought to life in Sri Lanka – oh wait, in India.


So, next time you watch a movie set in the jungle, keep an eye out, it could be Sri Lanka!

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