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    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…
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    Sri Lanka is home to people of various religions, with different cultures and numerous traditions, which all combine as this great melting pot to give the island the exuberance it has.

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    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…
  • Colombo - What a Muslim Traveler Would Experience

    Within Colombo, the sparkling capital of the tear-drop shaped gem known as Sri Lanka, lies a paradisaical haven. When visiting a foreign land, a Muslim traveler is always cautious - will I be comfortable in the hotel I stay in? Will the food served to me be Halal? All in…
  • Bentota overview

    A stunning travel destination Bentota is located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka about 60km south of Colombo. It is a seaside resort located on the mouth of the Bentota River on the main Colombo Galle road. It is one of the favorite getaway destinations for locals as well…
  • 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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