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For a small island, Sri Lanka is packed with tons of things to do and see. Do you know that from space, the island looks outlined in white? That is pretty interesting! This means that you would rarely find a coastline without a stunning stretch of white sand. This jewel-shaped country in the Indian Ocean is full of surprises.
 
It provides Muslim travellers with a wholesome experience given its verdant landscape, delicious food, abundant wildlife, fascinating ruins, and affordability. To top it all, the locals are very friendly and welcoming and take hospitality to the next level. It is a heaven for adventurous individuals who enjoy water sports like diving, snorkelling, surfing, and kiting.
 
You need at least 2 weeks to explore Sri Lanka! The place can be a bit chaotic owing to the overcrowded buses and roads clogged with traffic, but there’s no limit to the fun. While lowland jungles and soft beaches might be your first thoughts about Sri Lanka, the beautiful green-caped interior mountains are a sight not to be missed during your halal holidays.
 
Despite being only 430km tall and 220 km wide, it can take you hours to travel from one place to another in Sri Lanka as the roads are very busy. Expect crazy bus drivers, monkeys appearing out of nowhere, and sometimes stubborn elephants to make traveling a hassle for you. What is your best bet then? Reserve a train with the most scenic views a few days before your halal travel.
 

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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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Highlights

Colombo - Usually, the visitors are in such a hurry to head to the beaches and elephant safaris that they make the biggest mistake of not stopping to admire the rich culture and history of the Sri Lankan capital. Nothing but a traveller’s misfortune! The corporate skyscrapers and the massive on-going development along the coast-line has termed the city to be 'mini Dubai'. From savour tea-tasting to a bumpy tuk-tuk ride, Colombo offers a plethora of interesting activities. 

 
Sigiriya - A divine retreat for history lovers, Sigirya is undoubtedly the most dramatic sight in the country. The almost vertical walls rise 370 meters above sea-level to a flat top which contains the ruins of an ancient civilization. The fortress was built in the 5th century and has been a centre of attraction for archaeologists since the 18th century. In 1982, UNESCO considered it as a world heritage site and not visiting this place while touring Sri Lanka is a huge miss.
 
Nuwara Eliya - Charmingly referred to as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya is only a few hours’ drive away from Colombo. You will find some of the best hotels in this part of Sri Lanka, so your halal honeymoon is going to be as comfortable as possible. While there is no end to the fun and natural beauty in this place, some not-to-be-missed activities include a boat ride on Gregory Lake, a visit to the Ambewela Farm, and enjoying the beautiful sight of St. Clair’s Falls.
 
Galle - You’re going to enjoy the most if you explore Galle on foot. Settled on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, you will come across windswept beaches as well as ancient ruins. The most interesting sights are the Dutch-style houses and whitewashed mansions as they take you back to the colonial days. If you’re a writer, photographer, or a designer, be ready to get inspired by the intriguing views offered by rambling lanes. 
 

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5 Reasons Sri Lanka is Great for Muslim Travelers

Language - Communication is never a problem in Sri Lanka as the entire population can easily converse in English. You won’t find any issue in asking for directions, bargaining with a tuk-tuk owner, or understanding the menus.

 
Mosques - Big cities like Colombo have mosques in abundance, so any Muslim wanderer will not find it difficult to offer his prayers. 
 
Peaceful - The civil war has long ended, and the people of Sri Lanka are generally peaceful. Muslim tourists can conveniently choose this vacation spot for their next Islamic holiday.
 
Comfortable - You will not run out of options when it comes to hotels and resorts. They are an epitome of luxury with most of them available on the web allowing you quick and easy booking facility.
 
Halal Food - Islam is practiced by 10% of the local population; this means you won’t have trouble finding halal food options. Colombo has some of the best restaurants which offer authentic Italian, American, Indian, and Pakistani cuisines.
 

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Best for halal dining

Shangri-La Hambantota - Spanning 58 hectares, this is the largest resort in Sri Lanka and the only one which has a golf course. The dining experience here is unparalleled and ideal for those who are looking for halal-friendly dishes. From offering the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to letting you enjoy the exciting flavours of the hawker stalls, the food experience is divine here.

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Best for Private Pools

Anantara Kalutara - Located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, this is a secluded resort with an awesome view of the beach. It is an ideal place for Muslim travellers as they get enough privacy to have their leisure time. Anantara Kalutara ensures that you have an unforgettable stay in Sri Lanka by providing you with the best food, views, and activities.

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Best for Muslim Honeymooners

Anantara Tangalle - The Anantara Tangalle resort is located on the southern coast of the country near the old fort town of Tangalle. You might be away from the glory of a big city, but the serene and peaceful environment will give you the best honeymoon experience. You can also explore the rain forests, fishing ports, and pilgrimage sites nearby.

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Best for Muslim Families

Avani Bentota - When you’re travelling with family, you need some attention-grabbing activity options to make the most of your time. Guests can indulge in the best water sports by visiting the nearby water centre, where they can find wakeboarding, windsurfing, and water skiing facilities. The indoor games include darts, pool games, and the local-favourite carom.

 

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