Checking out the bargain prices latest international fashions (Sri Lanka is a major garment exporter) while enjoying the ambiance of a luxurious shopping center in Colombo.

And there’s much in-between, visit a handicraft shop and familiarize yourself with traditional designs such as makara (a mythical animal), lion, swan, elephant and lotus which are most evident on brass work (boxes, trays, lanterns, vases) and silverware (ornately carved and filigree jewelry, tea sets) that make excellent souvenirs. In addition, rural masks, lacquer ware, batik and hand loom textile, lace, and wood carvings are popular.

Last but certainly not least, Sri Lanka has the widest variety of precious stones among the world’s gem producing countries – blue sapphire, star sapphire, cat’s eye, garnets, moonstone, aquamarine and topazes being just a dazzling handful. What’s more, Sri Lanka naturally has a tradition in jewelry making, so you can bring your gems to life.