What to bring from Sri Lanka?

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Tea, coffee

Цейлонский чай

Tea grown in Sri Lanka (Ceylon tea) do not need additional advertising. About it anywhere and everywhere it is written much. I would like to Express my opinion that, although buy higher quality tea is recommended in the factories in the tea estates, the prices are highly inflated. In supermarkets and specialty departments also have a good selection of teas at much more attractive prices, and have the gift packs (though, for the beautiful packaging will have to pay a little extra). For example, 200 grams of tea packaging "Mlesna" in the supermarket is 245 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate), a little easier "Maskeliya", the same 200 – costs 190 rupees, cheapest and known to us "Dilmah" for 95 rupees (100 grams). Of course, taste sensations are influenced by many factors: the locus, to which the leaves are harvested, the processing of tea leaves, the size of the finished tea leaves etc. It is everyone chooses for themselves.

It is believed that the best tea in Sri Lanka – mountain, on the South of the island in Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla, UDA Pussellawa. In mid-highland (Kandy, UVA) and lowland (Ruhuna) – the tea is not worse, but slightly inferior to the high altitude quality. Produce black and green tea. However, more widespread and popular black.

There are in Sri Lanka and coffee, but its grown a bit and it has a very refined taste and excellent qualities. In the supermarkets you can find "Island Coffee" with vanilla and ginger (200 gr. pack costs around 290 crore).


Ювелирный магазин в Шри-Ланке

Mined in Sri Lanka, both precious and semi-precious stones. Among local allocate precious sapphire, especially blue, alexandrite, ruby, garnet, among semi – blue moonstone, quartz, Topaz, amethyst.

Stones and jewelry with them, offer to purchase on a small jewelry factories that can be visited independently or as part of a tour group. A visit to these places is free, instead you crave a response in the form of buying. Here tell and show the process of extraction of stones (from lifting from the mine to the sorting), as well as the technology of manufacturing of finished jewelry. In addition, to buy jewelry in Sri Lanka are everywhere: in shopping malls and small shops. The most famous centre for the production and manufacture of jewelry is the city of Ratnapura, but his fame adds to the final cost of the product for more cheat. There are several small factories close to Hikkaduwa in Meetiyagoda, specializing in the production of moonstone (Moonstone Mine).

It is believed that to buy in Sri Lanka better only stones, for the reason that silver and gold is very expensive, and the finished product does not differ elegance. However, a waste of time to search for a good master, material plus work in Russia, will be cheaper. And, if you don't like the stones themselves, it is possible to buy ready-made jewelry. While at purchase, as stones, and the finished product can always be trapped, faced with forgery. To check the quality of the stone, unfortunately, not a specialist, it will be impossible, and therefore we can only trust the merchant or abandon the purchase.


In Sri Lanka, in the district of Matale are many spice gardens, each having its own serial number. Can be used both independently and in the framework of some excursions. You will hold in the garden, get acquainted with the assortment of spices (pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, vanilla, coriander, turmeric, ginger, etc.) grown on the island, tell them useful and medicinal properties. If you want, here you can buy your favorite spices, cosmetic products (coconut or sandalwood oil, aloe Vera cream, mosquito repellent), ointments and balms based on herbs and plants. However, as elsewhere in Sri Lanka, there is a small caveat: many who visit these spice gardens consider them as regular wired for tourists, so take a look at similar products in regular stores or on the market: it is there, and is much cheaper.


The clothes are good quality, there are plenty to choose. Particular praise for the products from silk and cotton. For example, silk shawls can be bought for 600 rupees, t-shirts for RS 400, t – 850 RS, silk blouses for 1000 rupees.

Perhaps the most original of things, brought from Sri Lanka, will be a Sari (for women) and a sarong (for men). If desired, one can think of something to sew or to wear for special occasions.

Usually, shopping is dedicated to the final part of the trip and it ends in Colombo. The most famous large shopping malls, where consumers prefer to make purchases - Odel, House of Fashion, Liberty Plaza, Majestic City, Nolimit. It is not necessary to dismiss and small shops, sometimes you can find good stuff.


Магазин сувениров в Коломбо

As the chief of the souvenir of Sri Lanka can bring to the various figures of elephants, large and small, from different wood species (from RS 700), including black (the most expensive) and a simple painted (from RS 400), coconut in traditional attire on the occasion of the Perahera.

Very popular mask, they have different shape and meaning. But in most cases, sold masks have the function of protection and protection from evil spirits and other negative feelings. In Ambalangoda, famous for its craftsmen, masks are there are at least two of the Museum of Masks where you can not only learn the history of their origin, but also to buy any. By the way, in the store at the Museums not only masks, but also many other Souvenirs. Price mask medium size starts from 600 RS.

The drums play an important role in the lives of Sri Lankans, they are present in daily life and in religious and other festivals of the inhabitants. Therefore, in the souvenir shops you can find different types of drums from cylindrical to flat.

Ювелирный магазин в Шри-Ланке

Very beautiful batik products (from 1500 INR), painted pattern on the fabric (from 1050 rupees), silverware, cane, ceramics, woodcarving, as well as other small things: the magnets (60-400 rupees), key chains, bookmarks, etc.

Buy the best in specialized souvenir shops with fixed prices. For example, in Colombo , the best known are Lakpahana Laksala Handicrafts and; the prices are reasonable and the selection is huge and varied. Besides, buy Souvenirs everywhere: in markets, in small shops, specialized departments in shopping malls, however, cheat here will be significant.

There is also a feeling that buying gifts is most advantageous in areas where guided tours and close to major attractions. This is true, but only if you know how to bargain. Initially, the price is three to four times higher and it is necessary to bargain until it stops.

Useful tips

Torg. Sri Lanka can and should bargain: when shopping in the market when renting a vehicle, using the services of tuk-tuks in other cases, when the price is clearly not fixed. To bargain, even in the guesthouses and hotels. Sometimes the price can be brought down to 30%, however, traded here, with great confusion and reluctance, after all, a tourist in the eyes of the locals – it's a piece of bread with butter: don't fuck (fool) – not live...

Shopping. In Colombo there are several large shopping centers where you can find almost everything: clothes, shoes, electronics, perfumes, toys, Souvenirs, tea departments, etc., in some of them there are supermarkets, cafes and cinemas. Among the famous: Odel, Liberty Plaza, Majestic City, House of Fashion. Yet it is worth noting the Arpico chain of stores that meet in major cities of the country, with a large assortment of food and essential items for the home. Grocery stores presents a well-developed network throughout the country under the name Food City.

Author: I

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/srilanka/art-shri-lanka-alkogol-i-cigarety. ...