Sri Lanka is indeed
a shopper's paradise with a wide range of handicrafts at very
reasonable prices. The country is also famous for gems and silverware.
Many hotels have their own shopping arcades. Goods purchased at the
Duty-Free Complex in the Airport have to be paid in foreign currency.
Sri Lanka's most celebrated export. Blue Sapphires, Cats Eyes, Rubies,
Star Rubies, Star Sapphires, Alexandrites, Moonstones, Zircons,
Garnets, Amethysts, Topaz, etc. are offered for sale at the Sri Lanka
Gem & Jewellery Exchange, 310 Galle Road, Colombo 3. Tel. 576144-46,
574274, 574361, Fax : 576171. A free gem testing service is provided
The handicrafts emporium run by the State. Available here are
handicrafts made in wood, brass, silver, rush and reed, natural fibre,
papier mache, buffalo horn, coconut shell, cane and bamboo. Household
linen, batiks, embroidered garments, lace, lacquer products, toys,
pottery, artificial flowers and costume jewellery could be purchased
at this emporium. Laksala has a network of branches in the main towns.
The main office is at 60, York Street, Fort, Colombo 1.
The best in the world. Available in special presentation packs at
the Sri Lanka Tea Board counter at 574 Galle Road, Colombo 3 and at
Literature / Audio Visual Material
The Travel Information Centre (TIC), 78, Steuart Place, Colombo
3, (Tel: 437571)