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Sri Lanka 'great for shopping'

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26 January 2010

Visitors to Sri Lanka will be able to take home a wide range of souvenirs to remind them of their trip thanks to the many shopping opportunities on the island.

Solange Hando wrote for Suite 101 that large malls such as Majestic City and Liberty Plaza in Colombo are popular among many tourists, offering handicrafts made of ceramic, wood, batik and even gold and silver.

However, the south-west coast is also home to craft shops and boutiques, where travellers can pick up exquisite gemstones, from sapphires and moonstones to amethysts and garnets, as well as see the open pits where the valuable stones are mined.

"All over the island, shops display a wide choice of textiles, sometimes still produced on traditional handlooms. Best buys include silk, hand-made lace and batik from beach sarongs to luxurious wall hangings," the expert noted.

First-time visitors to Sri Lanka should start in Nuwara Eliya, Suite 101 writer Annie Wesley recently noted, claiming that the resort offers travellers a first-hand look into the country's tea production trade.

Posted by Chris Mackay

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