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Sri Lanka has several shopping malls, including Majestic City, Liberty Plaza, Crescat Boulevard, Odel Unlimited and JAIC Oberoi. Some 5-star hotels in Colombo also have shopping arcades. Special purchases include handicrafts and curios of silver, brass, bone, ceramics, wood and terracotta. Also cane baskets, straw hats, reed and coir mats and tea. Batik fabric, lace and lacquerware are also popular.

Another popular item on the shopping list is Sri Lankan masks. Some of the masks, which are used in dance-dramas, in processions and on festival days, can be bought by tourists. The ‘18-disease’ mask shows a demon in possession of a victim; he is surrounded by 18 faces – each of which cures a specific ailment. Versions produced for the tourist market are often of a high standard.

Sri Lanka is also rich in gems. 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 centres also offer gems to be set into jewellery. Gems are available at jewellery shops around the country. The Gem Exchange in Colombo houses many Gem dealers and a government valuation service.

Kandy is the best place to buy most of the handicrafts produced in Sri Lanka. There are number of shops catering to the tourists. At Kundasale, about 4km from Kandy, a village has been established recently to settle local craftsmen and their families. Visitors could watch artisans at work 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. One can buy excellent selection of children's wear, beach wear, casual clothing for men and women and warm padded jackets at attractive prices from Colombo.

Sri Lanka is one of world's finest teas producer and there are many tea sales centres at most tourist destinations around the country and at main shopping centres in Colombo.

 

 
 

 



 


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