After relaxing in Sri Lanka, you will definitely bring a tan, pleasant memories, great photos and a good mood. But you can bring more significant souvenirs from your vacation on this unique island to please yourself, your family and friends.
How nice it is to warm up with a mug of delicious fragrant tea on an autumn or winter evening Brought from a sultry green island! Ceylon tea is the most popular and famous tea in the world, 4 types of tea are grown in Sri Lanka – black tea of four varieties, red, green and white. Although the Lankans themselves drink only black tea with milk, the most elite varieties are white gold and white silver teas. For these types of tea, only a few of the topmost, only bloomed and tender leaves are collected.Black tea is sold everywhere in Sri Lanka. But you can buy green or white tea of good quality in Sri Lanka only in souvenir shops at factories for its production.
2. Sri Lanka wooden masks
Bring a talisman against evil spirits and diseases as a souvenir of your vacation, attract wealth, happiness and good luck in business into your life. The methods of making such masks have remained unchanged for many centuries, they are made from various species of exotic trees, hand-painted with natural paints made from shavings of rainbow wood.
3. Souvenirs made of wood
How nice it is to put an elephant figurine on the shelf, attracting well-being to the house… It is even more pleasant if this elephant is brought from a vacation in Sri Lanka – because it will remind you of your vacation on the island, where elephants are literally everywhere, and will be carved from ebony or unique royal ebony with its bright, yellow–black coloring. Souvenirs made of wood can also be a wonderful gift to your friends. We recommend buying wooden products only in specialized stores.
Sri Lanka knows a lot about Ayurveda. Here you can buy cosmetics and medicinal preparations made from natural ingredients according to ancient recipes.Cinnamon tincture will relieve headaches and toothache, shell remedy will help with stomach diseases, red pineapples will contribute to weight loss, and red oil will cure joint diseases.
Essential and coconut oil with healing and rejuvenating properties, natural creams, shampoos and lotions, hair oil and massage, sandalwood soap, face masks, toothpastes made from components of truly vegetable origin. It is worth buying toothpaste with red pepper, which will not only improve the gums, but also add a spark to daily hygiene procedures.
In ancient times Sri Lanka became one of thethe main exporters of spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, curry, cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, chili – this is not a complete list of plants grown in Sri Lanka. It is best to buy them in the shops at the Spice Gardens after a fascinating excursion into the world of fragrant herbs.
6. Fabrics — silk, batik, sarongs, saris, lace.
Hand–painted on fabric – batik is one of the national types of crafts in Sri Lanka. The clothes are made of natural fabrics and painted with bright colors. By purchasing such a product as a souvenir, it is as if you will take a piece of a bright tropical island with you as a souvenir.Sri Lanka is also famous for its silk fabrics. Here you can visit silk factories, see with your own eyes how these beautiful products are created. In factory shops you can buy shawls, scarves, shirts, blouses, tunics, national clothes of excellent quality.
What is a tropical island without exotic fruits? Due to the climate, Sri Lanka pleases its guests all year round with fresh bananas, pineapples, mangoes, mangosteen, athemoy, jambu, guava, papaya, lychee, carambola, jackfruits, pomegranates and many other extremely delicious fruits of nature. You can not take them out in hand luggage, but in your suitcase they will fly safely to their homeland and will delight and surprise those whom you decide to treat. The famous durian also grows in Sri Lanka, but its export is prohibited in any form due to its extremely specific smell, so you will have to enjoy this fruit on the spot.
8. Local alcoholic beverages.
In Sri Lanka, you should definitely try 2 local alcoholic beverages: coconut arak and Calypso red rum., which are deservedly popular with Lankans and guests islands.Arak is made from coconut palm flowers with the addition of local herbs. It is called palm wine or palm vodka. It is added to cocktails or drunk in its pure form with ice.
Calypso rum is made from cane sugar, burnt caramel, and red banana juice, which gives it a bright saturated color. This alcoholic drink is considered very healthy. It is drunk with carbonated drinks, lemon juice, and added to coffee.
9. Precious stones.
Sri Lanka is often compared to the jewel of the Indian Ocean, and this is not only about the climate, beaches, Lankan hospitality, and the gentle blue sea. About half of all precious and semi-precious stones known to geologists are found on this island. The island is most famous for its rubies, topazes and sapphires. One of the types of sapphires -the unique star sapphire – is mined only in two places on the planet, one of which is Sri Lanka. If sapphires are not to your taste, it is worth buying cat’s eye, alexandrite, moonstone and aquamarine on the island.
With Golden Holidays, you can book accommodation in the best hotels in Sri Lanka, go on an exciting sightseeing tour.
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