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  • Guide to Halal Restaurants, Food and Mosques in Colombo

    Sri Lanka has a small population of Muslims with a number of them residing in Colombo. If you are planning to travel to Colombo, you will not be disappointed. Check out this informative guide to halal restaurants, food and Mosques in Colombo.

  • Hambantota overview

    Hambantota, which was badly effected during the Tsunami of 2004, is currently undergoing massive development, which will turn the city into one of the major cities of Sri Lanka. It is one of the three ICC World Cricket 2011 venues in Sri Lanka. The matches will be held in the brand…
  • Polonnaruwa Overview

    Polonnaruwa is located about 216km from Colombo and served as capital of Sri Lanka in the medieval times between the 11th and 13th century. Travelers can see the ruins of the old city around the Lake Topawewa, which is a man-made lake built during the 12th century. Back then it…
  • Ramboda Waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya.

    Gliding down a mountain slope, surrounded by thick forests and also valleys of Tea Estates, Located in the central highlands giving birth to some of Sri Lanka

  • Kandy Lake

    The manmade lake built in 1807 is the main body of water in the city of Kandy (which is located in central Sri Lanka). The Lake has a depth of almost 60 feet, also with a perimeter of almost 2 miles. A wall that runs more than 2000 feet alongside the…
  • Halal Food in Sri Lanka Guide

      There are plenty of options to find Halal food in Sri Lanka to indulge in for a visitor there. Due to the large and active muslim community Halal Food in Sri Lanka, is widely available across the island. However only a handful of them have got themselves certified as Halal by the…
  • Sri Lanka Key Phrases

    Sri Lanka is home to people of various religions, with different cultures and numerous traditions, which all combine as this great melting pot to give the island the exuberance it has.

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Sri Lanka Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Sri Jayawardenapura

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Colombo

GEOGRAPHY

It is an island, situated at the tip of the Indian Sub Continent. You can see breathtaking sights of beaches, hills, lakes, wildlife etc, all in an island of approximately 66,000 km². Sri Lanka has a coast line of 1,341 km's.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 20 Million. Muslims account for about 8% of the population.

CLIMATE

Tropical and warm. In the low-altitute areas the temperature will range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). The temperature in the Central highlands could go as low as 17 °C (62.6 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+5 1/2 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 9 AM to 4 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: February 4th
Milad-un-Nabi: March 9th
May Day: May 1st
Deepavali (Hindu Festival): October 26th
Christmas: December 25th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Sinhala & Tamil New Year
Tamil Thai Pongal
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Vesak (Buddhist Holiday)
Full Moons (Poya Days) are holidays. Most businesses are closed and meats are not sold.

CURRENCY

Sri Lankan Rupees

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 119 or 118
Medical: 110
Fire: 111
Accident Service: 011 269 1111

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