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  • 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…
  • A Weekend Getaway - Colombo

    The financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a wonderful place to spend a few days in. Take time to explore the culture and the architecture of the city. You can observe a wide mix of architecture and wonderful sights in the city. Colombo is also a good…
  • Ancoombra Bungalow, Ankumbura

    This elegant bungalow representing Colonial Architecture is situated close to the Tea Plantation in a peaceful location with a panoramic view of majestic mountains and lush greenery. The quiet and spacious ambiance with a well laid out Garden represented by exotic flowers makes it an ideal setting for a relaxing…
  • 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…
  • Sigiriya Overview

    Located in the Matale District of Sri Lanka is the ancient town of Sigiriya. It is a historic rock fortress and palace ruins surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and reservoirs. The closest big city to Sigiriya is Dambulla which is located around 15km from Sigiriya.

  • Touring Sri Lanka by Train

    They may be slow and tedious to travel in at times, but Sri Lanka's train network is a charming way of discovering the island. Constructed by the British in the 19th century, traveling by Sri Lankan rail is something each visitor should experience at least once - especially when traveling through…
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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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