Shopping is an interesting experience in Sri Lanka; from small shops to luxurious shopping centres. Shop for local handicrafts and take a break at one of the roadside cafes to enjoy a small snack and drink.

Handicraft shopping is a must do while visiting Sri Lanka, have a look at makara (a mythical animal, lion, swan, elephant and lotus which are most evident in brass work (boxes, trays, lanterns, vases) and silverware (ornately carved and filigree jewellery, tea-sets) that make excellent souvenirs. In addition, ritual masks, lacquer ware, batik and handloom textiles, lace and wood carvings are popular, the list goes on and on.

Sri Lanka has the widest variety of precious stones among the world’s gem producing countries – blue sapphires, star sapphires, rubies, cat’s eye, garnets, moonstones, aquamarines and topazes.

Remember to pick up some Sri Lankan tea or merely sip a cup in a local tea shop, it is one of the great pleasures of travelling in Sri Lanka.