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Possibly one of the most looked over destinations, Sri Lanka is a treasure island and home to a wealth of experiences for Muslim travellers. The island has a long and rich history, starting life as the island of Serendib, then Ceylon and to its present name of Sri Lanka. With a minority Muslim population, you’ll find mosques dotted in most towns and cities with Sri Lankan halal cuisine a unique combination of the east and sub-continent. 
Colombo is your main entry point to the island, and the city is perfect for a day or two to explore the rising popularity of old meeting new. For beach seekers, Sri Lanka has plenty of choices. From May to September, head to the east coast, with its white beaches and calm waters. From October to April, the southern and western coast enjoys the best weather. There is also something for everyone in Sri Lanka, from the Shangri-la Hambantota for Muslim families to the Anantara Kalutara for those looking for a halal friendly honeymoon. 

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  • Time Difference: GMT + 4 1/2 hours
  • Capital: Colombo
  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Flying Time from the UK: 10 hours 30 mins
  • Visa: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) required
  • Our Highlight: Enjoying an egg hopper for breakfast

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Wherever you are along the coast of Sri Lanka, you’ll be able to explore so much the island has to offer. Yala National Park is home to some of the best leopard sighting opportunities and is easily accessible from Tangalle or Hambantota. The Udawalawe national park is home to the Born Free Foundation run elephant sanctuary, where you can responsibly view the magnificent Asian elephants and learn about their habitat. The southern town of Galle is steeped in history, with its fortified walls remaining from the Dutch occupation in the 16th century.

If you enjoy scenic journeys, then a visit to the hill stations of Nuwara Eliya, home to the tea country is well worth a visit and even an overnight stay at one of the English mansion houses such as the Grand Hotel. Take a step back in time to colonial England, where tea was the gold of the time. Further south of Nuwara Eliya, the beautiful Tea Trails resort is truly unique on the shores of Castlereagh Reservoir.

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Muslim Friendly Amenities

Many of the resorts featured here on Rihaala will offer you the chance to enjoy the privacy of your own private swimming pool in your villa or suite. The Anantara Tangalle is one of those resorts, where the Garden Pool Villa for example privacy. Booking here on Rihaala, you’ll also enjoy alcohol-free rooms and the Qiblah direction in your room. Halal food in Sri Lanka is easy to find in the larger towns and cities such as Colombo and Galle. When travelling inland, there are fewer Muslim communities, so you may find halal restaurants less frequent. The hotels you’ll find here on Rihaala all serve a full or partial halal dining option, so have a look at the detail on our dedicated hotel pages. 

When it comes to finding places to pray, you’ll find the Jami Ul-Alfar mosque (locally known as the Red Mosque) in Colombo, the Meeran Jumma mosque in Galle and several mosques in towns in between. Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Hambantota all have mosques for Jummah prayers, however, mosques in Sri Lanka unfortunately only offer prayer facilities for men.

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