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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.

 Apart from offering some great sightseeing and outdoor activities, Colombo also offers a number of Masaajid and halal restaurants. The Pettah neighbourhood of Colombo is a reflection of Cairo or can also be compared to the markets of Tehran.

Some of the Masaajid in Colombo include:

• Colombo Grand Masjid at 151, New Moor Street, Colombo
• Jami Ul Alfar Masjid at 228, 2nd Cross Street, Colombo
• Al Masjid An Najim Jumma Masjid at 55, Martis Lane, Colombo
• Jawatta Jumma Masjid at 50 AS, Torrington Lane, Colombo
• Saviya Jumma Masjid at 22, Saviya Lane, Mattakkuliya, Colombo
• Wellawatta Jumma Masjid at 48 Galle Road, Colombo
• Masjidul Akbar Jumma Masjid at 157 Kew Road, Colombo

Colombo offers a wide variety of halal restaurants where visitors can enjoy the traditional Sri Lankan flavour and cuisines from around the world. There are quite a number of halal restaurants in the Pettah neighbourhood.

A number of fast food joints such as KFC and McDonald's also serve halal food. Some of the halal food joints in Colombo include:

• Igloo at 478/2 Galle Road, Colombo
• Queen's Café at 417 R.A. de Mel Mawatha, Colombo
• McDonald's at 595/I., Negombo Road, Welisara, Colombo
• DineMore at 60A Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo
• Al-Maas Family Restaurant at 56, W.A. De Silva Mawatha, Wellawatte, Colombo
• The Sizzle at 32 Walukarama Road, Colombo
• Eastern Wok at No. 38 Walukarama Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo

Most of these restaurants are certified by halal bodies. Check for a halal certificate on the premises of the restaurant or confirm with the staff about the halal authenticity. If you are not close to a halal restaurant, then Colombo also offers a wide array of vegetarian restaurants.

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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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