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  • 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…
  • Hatale Bungalow

    The unique location of this bungalow gives a panoramic view of Green Hills and knuckles forest range which is both pollution free and eco friendly. A Natural water fall, Swimming pool, large suite rooms with attached toilets, fire Place, and helpful staff are part of the privileges available. Pool side…
  • 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…
  • 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.

  • 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,…
  • 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.

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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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