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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

  • Bentota overview

    A stunning travel destination Bentota is located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka about 60km south of Colombo. It is a seaside resort located on the mouth of the Bentota River on the main Colombo Galle road. It is one of the favorite getaway destinations for locals as well…
  • Sri Lanka Overview

    Sri Lanka formerly addressed as Ceylon is an island country located in Southern Asia. The country has over 2,500 years of history. Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka and also the financial and commercial hub of the country. The administrative capital was however shifted to Sri Jayewardenepura-Kotte, an…
  • 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…
  • 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.

  • 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…
  • 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.

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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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