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POPULATION 20 million
CAPITAL Colombo
LANGUAGE Sinhala; Tamil; English
CURRENCY Sri Lankan Rupee
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +5.30

Sri Lanka, also known as the tear drop of the Indian Ocean is a stunning island with a diverse culture, rich heritage and pristine beaches. It has its own cultural heritage with several ethnic groups and is a densely populated country. As proclaimed by Italian explorer Marco Polo, the island to be the best island of its size in the world, the paradise island offer exciting wildlife, beautiful beaches, botanical gardens and a plethora of cultural heritage sites.

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Sri Lanka, A paradise in the Indian Ocean for the Halal Traveler

Sri Lanka, A paradise in the Indian Ocean for the Halal Traveler

Apart from the unparalleled beaches, delicious food and bustling cities, Sri Lanka offer eight world UNESCO heritage sites and stunning landscapes. With a significant Muslim population there’s a plethora of Halal-friendly accommodation options, food and amenities freely available in the island. Explore one end of the country to the other without a hassle as it’s one of the Halal-friendliest nations in the world and as for places to stay, you will get from budget to top hotels all across the country. Read further to find more about Halal-friendly amenities in the stunning island of Sri Lanka.

Incredible Halal-friendly stays

Incredible Halal-friendly stays

You will find plenty of lodging all across the island and if you’re looking for beachside accommodation, you’re in for a treat if you’re traveling to Arugam Bay, Bentota, Tangalla or Mirissa. Some of the stunning Oceanside hotels include Avani Kalutara, Club Hotel Dolphin in the west coast, Avani Bentota Resort and Spa, Chaaya Tranz in Hikkaduwa and the list goes on. But if you’re looking for a more lavish City Hotel there’s plenty in the Capital of Colombo. Taj Samudra, The Kingsbury Hotel, Hilton Colombo, Cinnamon Grand and Cinnamon Lakeside are to name a few. Kandy and Nuwara Eliya settled in Central Sri Lanka are perfect for those who love the mountains and lush greenery. You will get to visit the jade-green tea plantations and reservoirs. You also get some amazing hotels and bungalows offering Halal-friendly amenities. Some of these hotels include The Radh Hotel, Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Cinnamon Citadel Kandy and Heritance Tea Factory offering Halal amenities, plush facilities and warm hospitality.

Places to visit and explore

Places to visit and explore

For the Halal traveler it will be quite significant to visit some important Islamic attractions and some of them include the Colombo Grand Mosque and Fort Meeran Mosque inside Galle Fort. Dawatagaha Mosque located in Lipton Circus in Colombo is another where no Muslim passes without paying respect to this shrine. And as for those who are looking to explore Sri Lanka, you ought to visit the Sinharaja Rainforest, Sigiriya rock which is a UNESCO heritage site and Tea trails in Nuwara Eliya. If you’re hoping to go on island hopping you can take a trip off the coast to visit some of the islands around Sri Lanka like the Pigeon Islands reachable from Nilaveli of eastern Sri Lanka and Delft Island off the coast of Jaffna city.

A world of cuisine for the Halal-foodie

A world of cuisine for the Halal-foodie

You’re going to be at ease during your visit to Sri Lanka looking for Halal food as Islam is its third largest practiced religion and you’ll be in for a treat. From a basic snack such as American-inspired burgers, hot dogs to fine dining in a mainstream five-star hotel in Colombo, you can just about eat from many places without any hassle. You also get an abundance of cafes around Colombo serving Halal-friendly food in Muslim-friendly environments. Sri Lanka is known as the Paradise Island for many reasons from embracing people from all races and religions to the warm hospitality wherever you go. It certainly is a promising holiday destination for the avid Muslim traveler.

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