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  • A Weekend Getaway - Colombo

    The financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a wonderful place to spend a few days in. Take time to explore the culture and the architecture of the city. You can observe a wide mix of architecture and wonderful sights in the city. Colombo is also a good…
  • 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.

  • Hambantota overview

    Hambantota, which was badly effected during the Tsunami of 2004, is currently undergoing massive development, which will turn the city into one of the major cities of Sri Lanka. It is one of the three ICC World Cricket 2011 venues in Sri Lanka. The matches will be held in the brand…
  • 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…
  • Halal Food in Sri Lanka Guide

      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…
  • 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.

  • Ambalangoda Boat Rides - A Ride Through Time

    Mangroves, stilt fishing, and a cinnamon garden - a boat ride through the Maduwa Ganga, or Madu River, in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka is an exhilarating and educational experience wrapped in one.

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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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