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  • 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.

  • Kandy Lake

    The manmade lake built in 1807 is the main body of water in the city of Kandy (which is located in central Sri Lanka). The Lake has a depth of almost 60 feet, also with a perimeter of almost 2 miles. A wall that runs more than 2000 feet alongside the…
  • Touring Sri Lanka by Train

    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…
  • Hikkaduwa overview

    A popular beach destination, Hikkaduwa is located a few hours from Colombo on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Travelers enjoy a laidback atmosphere and lots of fresh air on the beaches of Hikkaduwa

  • Yala Overview

    Yala National Park is among one of the oldest and best known of Sri Lanka's National Parks. Covering more than 1200 square kilometres, it is currently the largest of the protected areas in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is home to multiple ecosystems, from a moist and dry monsoon forests,…
  • Polonnaruwa Overview

    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…
  • My Trip to Colombo

    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…
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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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