Sri Lanka has a bounty of treasures for bargain hunters, especially those looking for unique gems, textiles, and woodcraft. Shopping in Sri Lanka can take many forms haggling with a handicraft-seller while sunbathing on the beach, choosing fruit from the traditional village store, checking out the bargain-priced for the latest international fashions because Sri Lanka is a major garment exporter or buying fresh Sri Lankan tea, spices to bring back home.
And there’s much in between. Visit a handicraft shop and familiarise yourself with traditional designs such as 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, lacquerware, batik and handloom textiles, 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 sapphires, star sapphires, rubies, cat’s eye, garnets, moonstones, and topazes being just a dazzling handful. What’s more, Sri Lanka naturally has a tradition in jewellery-making, so you can bring your gems to life.
If you prefer the convenience of a one-stop location for souvenirs, the Sri Lankan government has a state-run emporium named Laksala, which can be found in major cities across the country.
Write to our Tavel Co-ordinator when designing your tailor-made itinerary of any specific shopping that you are interested in and the team will guide you according to suit your specific requirements, as per your interest/budget/travel period etc.
Tour Type: Shopping Tour of Sri Lanka
Group size: 01 – 16 people
Duration: Minimum of 1 week (recommended)
Accommodation: 4*/5* as per clients Request
Tour Manager: Multilingual available