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  • Hikkaduwa overview

    A popular beach destination, Hikkaduwa is located a few hours from Colombo on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Travelers enjoy a laidback atmosphere and lots of fresh air on the beaches of Hikkaduwa

  • Dambulla City Overview

    Dambulla is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka about 72 km north of Kandy and 148 km northeast of Colombo. The city is surrounded by about 80 caves and fascinating sceneries and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are several paintings and historical artifacts that can be…
  • My Trip to Colombo

    I just got back from Colombo, Sri Lanka, after participating in Sri Lanka's Inaugural Halal Conference and Exhibition (16th and 17th of February). Alhamdulillah, I believe the conference achieved its objective of increasing the Halal awareness among the Sri Lankan consumers as well as the industry players. Huge amount of…
  • Kandy City Overview

    The royal City of Kandy is also called the hill capital of the country and is positioned about 488 meters above sea level. Located about 129 Km from Colombo the city is known for its beauty and culture. For travelers to Kandy, there are some lovely nature resorts and historical…
  • Hatale Bungalow

    The unique location of this bungalow gives a panoramic view of Green Hills and knuckles forest range which is both pollution free and eco friendly. A Natural water fall, Swimming pool, large suite rooms with attached toilets, fire Place, and helpful staff are part of the privileges available. Pool side…
  • Galle city overview

    A beautiful port city, Galle is located on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka and is about 119km from Colombo. Galle serves as the capital of Southern Province of Sri Lanka and is also the business center of southern Sri Lanka. The city is the best way travelers can explore…
  • Colombo - What a Muslim Traveler Would Experience

    Within Colombo, the sparkling capital of the tear-drop shaped gem known as Sri Lanka, lies a paradisaical haven. When visiting a foreign land, a Muslim traveler is always cautious - will I be comfortable in the hotel I stay in? Will the food served to me be Halal? All in…
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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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