There are a number of things, which tourists can buy in Sri Lanka. Gems, Ready-made Garments, Batiks, Tea and Handicrafts are popular shopping itineraries among the tourists. Lacquer ware, Furniture, hand made Silver and Brass objects are other articles that tourists can purchase.
Ratnapura has been the main source of gems for many centuries and most of the Country's gem dealers are located in this town. Most gem cutting centres also offers gems to be set into jewellery by the visitors. Gems are also available at jewellery shops around the country.
Kandy is the best place to buy most of the handicrafts produced in Sri Lanka. There are number of shops catering to the tourists. At Kundasale, about 4km from Kandy, a village has been established recently to settle local craftsmen and their families. Visitors could watch artisans at work and purchase their products on site.
Sri Lanka is a major garment manufacturer and exporter of all kinds of clothing. Colombo is a major attraction for garment hunters. One can buy excellent selection of children's wear, beach wear, casual clothing for men and women and warm padded jackets at attractive prices from Colombo.
As the producer of the world's finest teas there are many tea sales centres at most tourist destinations around the country and at main shopping centres in Colombo. Imitation of Dutch and British era furniture is also very popular among tourists.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest approaches to medicine. This is an ancient healing system is based on 5000 years of tradition. Also this healing system has been use for more than 5000 years in India & Sri Lanka. Still today in Sri Lanka approximately 60% of the populations are treated with healing system. Ayurveda an approach to healing that has been proven and tested over thousands of years and that only uses medicines that are found in nature
Going for an elephant safari in Sri Lanka is an experience in itself. Elephant safaris involve a lot of thrill and adventure as one can view wildlife while riding on an elephant’s back. Tourists are also allowed to observe the elephants and follow their activities throughout the day. In Sri Lanka, there are quite a number of places where elephant safari is organized. Udawalawe Games Park is an ideal location to observe elephants. This games park allows camping and safaris for visitors. For elephant safari, tourists can visit Wasgamuwa National Park, Galoya, Yala National Park and Dambulla. The Yala National Park is a haven to a huge number of animal and bird species. Visitors on a Yala Elephant back safari can spot different birds and animals throughout the day. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage looks after about 60 elephants. Here visitors can watch elephants graze, feed and bathe in the nearby river.
Food of Sri Lanka is hot and spicy. Base food of the inhabitants of the island is rice which they consume with curry both veg and fish based. All the dishes are cooked on the base of coconut milk and flavoured by liberal use of spices. Like all the people of coastal regions, the Sri Lankans are also expert in preparing fish dishes. Mallung, Sambol, Lamprais, Buriyani and Polos Pehi are some popular dishes of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans also like several juicy sweetmeats like Kavum, Halape, Thalaguli and Wattalapam. Sri Lankans also like to have drinks like tea and coffee.
Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the world’s twenty five biodiversity hot spots. As a country with high rate of endemism it has many faunal groups including birds ,mammals ,reptiles and amphibians which you can not find anywhere in the world. It is world renowned as one of the best places to watch elephants and leopards for nature enthusiastic and photographers. There are season for elephant gathering where large concentration of wild elephants together can be seen during that time at a place known as Minneriya in the north central province of the country. Primate safaris are arranged with cultural tours as it is possible to find wide range of primates in place surrounded by cultural heritages mainly in the dry zone. During the early part of the year (January-April) , the largest animal ever lived in the world you may guess as ‘blue whale' can be seen in off shores of southern city Galle. Sinharaja, the tropical rainforest of the country is the place to glue one’s eyes on to the world’s largest
mixed species of birds flocking together.
Sri Lanka boulder stream rivers are the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer. Many tours are arranged and it begins with days of action, rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for fish time? go for it? rafters and experts alike. Along one ride you can pass the scenic location outside. Rafting has become a very popular exciting get safe adventure sport option.