Enjoy a Halal holiday in Sri Lanka

With the booming Halal holiday industry, Muslim travellers can now travel to various destinations across the world with peace of mind, knowing that they will not have to compromise on their religious beliefs. Sri Lanka is an excellent place for travellers – it was voted as one the best places to visit in 2012 by National Geographic Traveller. So what makes Sri Lanka so appealing for those looking for a Halal holiday in Sri Lanka?

The island of Sri Lanka is situated in the Indian Ocean, off the southern coast of India in South Asia and is a centre of Buddhism religion and culture from ancient times. Although it is the oldest continually Buddhist country, Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of cultures, languages and religions. Islam ranks third as the most dominant religion in the country, with 10% of Muslims in the total Sri Lankan population. The Muslim community in Sri Lanka is divided into three main ethnic groups – the Sri Lankan Moors, the Indian Muslims and the Malays, each with their own traditions and history. As Muslims in Sri Lanka have been around for a long time, Islamic communities and traditions have been well established, ensuring that Muslim travellers to this island will feel at home and welcome. There are hundreds of Muslim schools and madrasas which teach Islamic education and thousands of mosques situated around the country. Muslim travellers will feel comfortable in Sri Lanka as Halal food is easily available.

Sri Lanka offers much in terms of tourism – breathtaking beaches, amazing highlands, wondrous wildlife and more. Tourists here will be taken aback with all that this tiny island has to offer. With a coast line of over 1000 km, there are several beaches just waiting to be explored. Popular beaches are located in the southern and eastern coast and include Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tangalle and Arugam Bay. Sri Lanka is one of the top 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world and has many species of flora and fauna just waiting to be explored. There are many national parks – the most visited is Yala National Park which is famous for leopards, elephants and peacocks. Horton Plains National Park is a must visit with several endemic bird species, spectacular walks and the sheer precipice of World’s End to look forward to. Another tourist attraction that Islamic travellers should visit is Adams Peak in central Sri Lanka. According to Islamic folklore, this is where Adam first set foot as he was exiled from the Garden of Eden.

Sri Lanka is a must visit island for those looking for a Halal holiday.

Aalia Mahdi
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