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Halal Food in Sri Lanka Guide

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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 All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), which is the main Halal Certifiying body in Sri Lanka.

Currently the Halal certified outlets are mainly fast food chains. There are also a number restaurants which assure that they serve Halal food, although they have no certfication. Most of them are Muslim owned. It is advisable to check with locals before you select such a restaurant to dine.

Apart from the fast food chains and the fine-dining restaurants, there a quite a number of roadside food outlets which are Muslim owned and serve "Halal Food". These outlets will generally have a Muslim name and have signage to refelect that. They are not upmarket restaurants, but some of them probably serve some of the best local cuisine in Sri Lanka.

Being a majority Buddhist country, there is also a wide selection of vegetarian food outlets all across the island.

The locals mainly have rice with vegetable and meat/fish curries. The local food is generally spicy, but some of the restaurants catering to the visitors to Sri Lanka, do serve milder versions of Sri Lankan Cuisine.

There are also a variety of snacks known locally as "Short eats". They are generally sold in bakeries or coffee shops. Most of them do not have a Halal certificate. Although most of them do not serve pork based "short eats", it is good to check with local Muslims where to buy Halal ones. They are great snacks to have as starters or with tea or coffee. They also have a range of sweets made from rice flour and coconut milk.

Sri Lanka Halaal Logo (ACJU Logo)Halal Certfication is been done by ACJU. They are a non-political, non-governmental national religious institution in Sri Lanka exclusively for Muslim theologians. They are now a member of the World Halal Council. You can look for their logo at food outlets that are certified by them.

There are also now a range of food items that are also certfied by ACJU you could find in Supermarkets in Sri Lanka.

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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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