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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…
  • 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…
  • Colombo City Overview

    Colombo is the commercial capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka. This vibrant city is situated on the west coast of the country and gives the right blend of modern life with the heritage and culture of the country; Colombo is also a major tourist destination.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…
  • 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

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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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