Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Shopping in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an awesome shopping destination for shoppers all over the world. Gems, Finished Garments, Batiks, Tea and Handicrafts, Handlooms fabric materials, leather products, furniture, reproduction of antiques, jewellery and ceramic are popular with visitors of fine taste who appreciate the very best.

If you are expecting to go shopping in Sri Lanka, it is a vital fact that you have the basic knowledge about Sri Lankan Currencies. Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of LKR1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of LKR10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents with a large numbers of commemorative coins in circulation. Foreign currency must be changed only at authorized exchanges, banks ( Open from Mon-Sat 0900-1300:standard) and hotels. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. The rate of exchange for traveler's cheques is better than the rate of exchange for cash.

There are several ways in which to purchase Sri Lanka's most celebrated gift to the world - Ceylon Tea. If your tour of the island takes in a tea plantation, then there is no better place to buy than at source or you can always buy tea at the airport just before your departure.

Woodcarving is one of the oldest crafts still practiced in Sri Lanka. In order to satisfy the tourist trade, many Sri Lankan woodcarvers are producing carvings of the ever-popular elephant. But most importantly, images of the Lord Buddha.

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 centers also offers gems to be set into jewelry by the visitors or buy pre-designed at jewelry shops.

Kandy is the best place to buy most of the handicrafts produced in Sri Lanka. At Kundasale, about 4km from Kandy, a village has been established recently to settle local craftsmen and their families where visitors could watch 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. Although hand woven materials have lost their pre-eminence, the craft of weaving high quality handloom textiles has experienced a remarkable resurgence in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka also has several shopping malls, including Majestic City, Liberty Plaza, Crescat Boulevard, Odel Unlimited and JAIC Hilton for quick shoppers.

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