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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Yala Overview

    Yala National Park is among one of the oldest and best known of Sri Lanka's National Parks. Covering more than 1200 square kilometres, it is currently the largest of the protected areas in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is home to multiple ecosystems, from a moist and dry monsoon forests,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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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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