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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 was a fortified city and today it stands as one of the best planned Archeological sites in Sri Lanka.

 

The Mohideen Jumma Masjid is the main Masjid in the city. The Jummah Salaath is held around 12:30PM and the sermon is delivered in the local language usually Tamil. There are no prayer facilities for women. There are one or two restaurants serving Halal food in the city.

 

 

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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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