The Bentota River - more commonly known as the Bentara Ganga - is a river in Bentota home to an abundance of wildlife. It is also known for the small fort that was built at its mouth by the Portuguese in the 17th century - known as the Parangi Kotuwa - and marked the southern-most territory held by the Portuguese in Sri Lanka. The point where the Bentota River joins the sea is surrounded by shady Tamarind trees and is considered to be one of the most scenic and pleasant spots in the area. Exploring the river via a river safari can prove to be a memorable experience - with the surrounding mangroves teeming with monitor lizards, crocodiles and a wealth of bird-life. A boat ride is recommended for travellers sight-seeing in Bentota - for nature enthusiasts in particular. ...more

Bentota, Sri Lanka



The Bentota River - more commonly known as the Bentara Ganga - is a river in Bentota home to an abundance of wildlife. It is also known for the small fort that was built at its mouth by the Portuguese in the 17th century - known as the Parangi Kotuwa - and marked the southern-most territory held by the Portuguese in Sri Lanka. The point where the Bentota River joins the sea is surrounded by shady Tamarind trees and is considered to be one of the most scenic and pleasant spots in the area. Exploring the river via a river safari can prove to be a memorable experience - with the surrounding mangroves teeming with monitor lizards, crocodiles and a wealth of bird-life. A boat ride is recommended for travellers sight-seeing in Bentota - for nature enthusiasts in particular.

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Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children  

Must See

The mangroves and wildlife

Prayer Facilities

Plenty of private space will be available around the Bentota River area to make use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers who wish to visit a mosque will have to travel to some of the mosques in Beruwela – the neighbouring town of Bentota which is located about 6 kilometres away.

Halal Food

Finding Halal food in Bentota can be relatively difficult since most Halal restaurants in Bentota are road-side shops, with prominent eateries being few in number and hard to spot. Muslim travellers could also visit the neighbouring town of Beruwela – which is home to quite a large Muslim population – for more dining options.

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  • The 5 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Sri Lanka

    So you're planning to tie the knot with your significant other. After all wedding preparations have been made, then comes the preparation for the honeymoon. Although you could travel to a destination within your home country, it doesn’t beat the thrill of flying abroad and visiting new places with your beloved spouse, and if you're looking for a country with captivating scenery, peaceful and romantic surroundings, friendly and sociable people, and new places to explore. Then Sri Lanka is a country that you must have in your list! Sri Lanka Halal Holiday Packages More honeymoon ideas This little island has so much to offer for a halal traveller, whether you want a honeymoon getting sun-kissed at the beach, or a honeymoon among the cold and quiet mountains, or even an urban honeymoon, anything is possible in Sri Lanka, or if you're a fan of all of them, you could mash it up all together and have a combo honeymoon! Whatever your preference is, your trip to Sri Lanka will grant you an exciting range of amazing hotels to choose from, a variety of different tastebud-tingling dishes (if you are big on spice and chilies, the Sri Lankan cuisine is going to be something that you'd love!!), various locations for you to sightsee with your loved one, and rich and unforgettable experiences that'll leave you coming back for more! So here are some of the best honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka along with prime locations for the happy couple to visit, and also the best hotels in the area that I recommend during your romantic getaway at Sunny Sri Lanka!   Colombo Picture credit - Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne, The country’s commercial capital is the ideal location for an urban honeymoon. The city can offer you all the luxuries you need to spend your honeymoon in the most classy way. Colombo is the city which has a variety of different hotels and shopping destinations to choose from. Some of the best things to do in Colombo are: Shopping at prime locations such as: Majestic city, Odel departmental store – Townhall and Crescat Boulevard and Liberty Plaza. Enjoy romantic and peaceful walks at Viharamahadevi park (formerly Victoria park) or enjoy the beautiful 3D road paintings at Diyata Uyana. Dine in some of the best and classy restaurants in Sri Lanka. Experience different concerts and events that take place throughout the city. The best hotels in Colombo with state of the art facilities that I recommend to spend your honeymoon in Colombo are Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, The Hilton Colombo, The Kingsbury Hotel, Hotel Galadari, Shangri La Hotel Contact Majestic city: 0112508673, 0112588827, 0112588829Odel: 077 0128128Liberty Plaza: +94 11 2 575935Diyata Uyana: 076 659 5304 Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo: +94 112 491 000The Hilton Colombo: +94-11-249-2492The Kingsbury Hotel: +94 112 421 221Hotel Galadari: (+94) 11-2544 544Shangri La Hotel: (94) 11 788 8288   Nuwara Eliya This is my favorite location in Sri Lanka, and I believe Nuwara Eliya's natural sights are the epitome of Sri Lanka's natural beauty. If you head to this beautiful hilly city of Sri Lanka which is four hours away from Colombo you would be astonished as to how the entire surrounding and climate would change during that short period of time. You'd be dazzled by the green mountains, colorful flowers and lush vegetation that surrounds Nuwara Eliya. This is an ideal location if you want a quiet and calm honeymoon where you can simply relax and unwind. Here are some suggestions of things to do to engage you and your significant other on a beautiful adventure in Nuwara Eliya. Go on a long 6 hour hike at the Hortain Plains National Park and Reserve and witness the ever famous "World’s End" which is a 4000 ft. drop off a cliff, and also witness the variety of flora and fauna that surrounds the park. Even though you are signing up for a bit of strain on your legs, to be with nature out in the open is definitely something you must not miss out on. Admire the beauty of a number of waterfalls including the Devon falls, St. Clair's falls and the Lovers' Leap waterfall Treat yourself to a yummy strawberry treat and witness how this amazing fruit is grown at a number of Strawberry gardens around Nuwara Eliya. Are you a fan of all things dairy ? Then surely the New Zealand farm is a location that you must visit. You'll be able to see how dairy is produced and also have a taste of the most delicious fresh milk and cheese in Sri Lanka. Witness how beautiful flowers can be at the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. The garden has one whole area dedicated for roses. How romantic, right? Enjoy a peaceful walk and go on a boat ride at the Gregory lake park situated in the heart of the beautiful hill city. Apart from these magnificent locations, here is a list of suggestions of the best hotels that will make your stay at Nuwara Eliya a very comfortable one. Grand Hotel Nuwara EliyaThe Heritance Tea FactoryAmaya LangdaleAraliya Green Hills Contact Hortain Plains National Park and Reserve: 0523 539 042New Zealand Farm: +94 77 000 0000Hakgala Botanical Gardens: 0522 222 182Gregory Lake Park: +94 77 604 3599 Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya: +94 (0) 52 2222881-7The Heritance Tea Factory: +94 52 5555000Amaya Langdale: +94 114 767 888Araliya Green Hills: +94 522 224150 - 59   Down South Picture credit - Down South in Galle, Bentota and Mirissa, if you are looking for a honeymoon with the sun and sea these locations are just for you. I included all three locations because they're situated in close proximity, and they each have their own unique adventures to offer . All three locations are situated in the south coast of the island and is home to a variety of beautiful beaches that will give you the perfect sunny and sandy honeymoon that you always wished for. If you and your darling loved ones are crazy about water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, banana tube riding, skiing and river safaris, the south coast of Sri Lanka awaits you! Some of the top things you can do: Swimming, sunbathing and all beachy activities at some of the most breathtaking beaches of Sri Lanka (the most famous beaches in the area include the Jungle beach and the Unawatuna beach) A stroll in the magnificent Galle fort, one of the iconic monuments dating back to the 16th Century  Catch a glimpse of the history of Sri Lanka at the National Museum of Galle The best hotels in the area that I would recommend for your stay are: The Jetwing LighthouseThe Galle Fort HotelAmari GalleThe Fortress Galle Contact Galle fort: +94 (0) 91 223 2568/9National Museum of Galle: 0912 232 051 The Jetwing Lighthouse: +94114709400The Galle Fort Hotel: +94 76 665 8080 / +94 91 223 2870 / +94 91 224 5780Amari Galle: +94 91 203 0500 The Fortress Galle: +94 914 389 400   Kandy Kandy is yet another city in the hilly part of Sri Lanka. The city is a perfect fusion of urban luxury and peaceful tranquility. If Kandy is your honeymoon destination, you'll be able to witness the culture of Sri Lanka at its most vibrant, the beauty of nature, and take part in one-of-a-kind experiences. The top things to do in Kandy includes: Take a Romantic walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya that's home to the biggest collection of gorgeous plants and flowers of Sri Lanka.  Have a shopping extravaganza at the Kandy City Centre. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is a magnificent monument of that reflects Sri Lankan history . Have a blissful boat ride along the Kandy lake. Feed and nurse elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (Pinawala is a location which is on the way to Kandy, just pass the kegalle town) Kandy is home to an abundance of hotels unique in their own way, but here are the four most top notch hotels that you should definitely try out! Amaya Hills – KandyCinnamon CitadelThe Earl’s Regency Hotel by Aitken SpenceSantani Resorts and Spa Contact Royal Botanical Gardens: 0812 388 088Kandy City Centre: +94 812 202 844 / 8Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: +94 35 22 66116 Amaya Hills Kandy: +94 114 767 888/800Cinnamon Citadel Kandy: +94 (0) 81 223 4365/6The Earl's Regency Hotel by Aitken Spence: +94 (0)81 2422122Santani Resorts and Spa: (+94) 11 255 9755 (Reservations) / (+94) 81 222 8000 (Resort) Trincomalee Trincomalee is a location along the eastern coast of the Island and is home to a number of untouched beaches with crystal-clear blue waters. It is a far more rural escape than Galle and has a less urban landscape. So if you are looking for wonderful beaches, this is the honeymoon location for you! Some of the highlights of this magnificent area is the Fort Fredrick and the gorgeous Marble beach of Trincomalee. With regards to choosing the perfect hotel with a beautiful and romantic atmosphere, here are some recommendations: Trinco Blue by CinamonAmaranthe Bay Resort and SpaThe Ananthama Hotel Contact Trinco Blue by Cinnamon: (+94) 2 6222 1611 / (+94) 2 6222 2307Amaranthe Bay Resort and Spa: +94 26 20 50 200The Anathama Hotel: (+94) 26 205 0250 Find a Mosque near you in Sri Lanka Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Sri Lanka...

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    3 of Galle's Best Beaches, Sri Lanka   Sri Lanka could be by far the best beach holiday destination worth traveling to. If you are about to embark on your very own Sri Lanka beach holidays, a trip down south would most certainly be on top of your list. There are quite a number of breathtakingly beautiful beach spots that line the entire coast and out of these Galle is one location that stands out as one of the best places to be. To help you enjoy all the luxuries this coastal city provides we have put together a list of the very best beaches in Galle that are perfect for your Muslim-friendly beach holiday in Sri Lanka. So pack your sunglasses, camera and whatever you would need, and get set to enjoy the sunny side of the southern capital of Sri Lanka.   Check out Muslim-friendly holiday packages to Sri Lanka.     Credits -   1) Mirissa Picture Credit -   For those of you who are looking to enjoy the ultimate beach holidays in Sri Lanka, Mirissa is a spot not to be missed. Apart from being one of the most beautiful beaches, you will be in for a special treat. Mirissa is one of the best places in the world for dolphin and whale watching. The best time to visit Mirissa to experience the most fun is from October right through to about mid-April. Since this season is just around the corner, you might want to plan you stay without further delay. Aside from sailing off into the deep blue sea to be greeted by these beautiful cetaceans the beach is also a great place to enjoy other super fun beach activities like sunbathing and surfing. You could even catch a glimpse of stilt fishermen out at sea, as the sun sets in the horizon creating one of the most remarkable scenes to feast our eyes on.Book Halal-Friendly Sri Lanka Holiday Packages on HalalTrip   2) Unawatuna   Picture Credit - If you ask around to find out what are the best beaches in Sri Lanka, there is no doubt Unawatuna would come off right at the top of the list. This site is extremely popular as it is perfect for any type of holiday including best beach holidays for families Sri Lanka. The wide stretch of beach gives travelers the ability to enjoy the perfect setting to have endless amounts of fun, which is why it is one of the most visited beaches in the entire island. Extending from the main beach area, you would find the Thalpe beach. This is known to be one of the best honeymoon holiday destinations and a perfect location for those who want to enjoy more private Sri Lanka beach holidays. Here you will also find Era Beach by Jetwing, the best beach resort to stay in Sri Lanka to enjoy the finest luxuries left behind from the Colonial Era.Book Muslim-Friendly Tours Online   3) Hikkaduwa Picture Credit -   Looking to enjoy the most fun during your Sri Lanka beach holidays? Then Hikkaduwa is the best place to be. This beach is known for the vibrant and lively atmosphere perfect for those who want to enjoy a youthful holiday experience. Hikkaduwa is also home to one of the best coral reefs. Therefore it is perfect to engage in diving to explore the colourful splendour of marine life or you could even book a boat ride and witness what lies beneath from the glass bottom of the boat. Because Hikkaduwa is a very popular tourist destination it is home to quite a number of beach hotels in Sri Lanka. Hikka Tranza, formerly known as Chaaya Tranz, from Cinnamon hotels is one of the leading Crescent rated hotels in Sri Lanka making it an ideal pick for your stay.   Right now, you must be very eager to enjoy your Sri Lanka beach holidays after reading this article. So why not check out our very own Sri Lanka beach holiday tour packages that have been carefully designed to help you enjoy the best Muslim-friendly beach holiday in Sri Lanka.   Muslim Friendly Honeymoon Destinations You will Love   ...

  • 5 Beautiful Islands for an Unforgettable Muslim Holiday

    There are many choices for a Muslim holiday, and many links on the web for countries considered as ‘World’s Top Muslim-Flavored Summer Vacation Spots’, ‘World's Top Halal-Friendly Holiday Spots’, ‘Muslim-Friendly Countries You Must Visit’ and so on and so forth. However, there is a lack of information for island destinations that can be considered for Muslim-friendly family holidays.    As Islands are an integral part of the landscape of our world, and found in all shapes and sizes, all Muslim travelers should consider visiting these 5 beautiful islands for an unforgettable Muslim holiday   Maldives A tropical destination and an island country made up of 26 atolls, the Maldives is indeed filled with many resorts and Muslim friendly hotels. Being an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and halal food is not a concern for the Muslim traveler and for those who love the ocean and all types of water related activities, this Island will provide you loads of entertainment for the entire Muslim family. The Maldives being in the tropics, can be considered as an island destination for a Muslim-friendly summer vacation spot! Water Sports and Activities: There are ample water related activities in whichever atoll that you may be staying at. Choose your preference in water sports from diving and snorkeling, jet skiing and paragliding, fishing and sailing to dolphin and whale watching and everything in between. For those who simply want to laze around, the Maldives is surrounded by beautiful beaches and standing in the Indian Ocean while being surrounded by shoals of fish and coral life is an experience in itself. For the very conservative Muslim families, there are many premium hotels that are designed with private rooms and water villas from which one can simply step into the sea. Visiting Malé: A visit to the Maldives would not be complete without a day spent in Male - the capital city. Some of the attractions include visiting the famous ‘Male Fish Market’, the ‘National Museum’ which is located in the former ‘Sultan's Palace’, the ‘Tsunami Monument’, and the ‘Male Local Market’while of course indulging in some shopping. For the Muslim traveler a visit to the ‘Hukuru Miskiiy or Old Friday Mosque’ would be of interest, you can also participate in the religious services conducted on Fridays and Saturdays. Diving enthusiasts would find the dive to see the ‘Maldives Victory’ which rests below the Hulhule House Reef very interesting. Tours and Private Trips: There are also many day tours and private trips on offer to enjoy the culture, atmosphere, and the coral and sea life that surrounds this island nation. Therefore try out any one; or a combination of the boat tours, walking tours, submarine tours, cultural tours, sightseeing tours, and also the fishing charters and tours. Atoll Hopping:  An interesting activity to undertake in the Maldives is ‘Island/Atoll Hopping’, and many of these islands/atolls offer its own unique culture, sites and activities. So make inquiries at your hotel for more details. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation which has a topography of sandy beaches, highlands, waterfalls, rainforests and arid plains. The country with it dominant Buddhist population, has many ancient Buddhist ruins and a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site – Sigiriya, is known as the ‘pearl of the Indian ocean’ and has so much to do and see that you can visit it during the different seasons to get a taste of the different cultures that reside here.  As Sri Lanka has quite a large Muslim population, catering to Muslim travelers is not a problem, thus making itone of the top holiday destination for Muslim families. You will find mosques, halal food and restaurants and also realize that major hotels cater to the needs of Muslim travelers in all parts of the country. Also, as there are some Muslim-owned hotels in the country, halal beach holidays is something that can be easily considered. As an island, seafood is easily available in the country. Something of note is that Sri Lanka is ranked as number 35 in the Halal/Muslim Travel & Tourism Rankings and Indexes by CresentRatings.  Sightseeing and Exploring: Sri Lanka offers you picturesque tea plantations and luscious greenery that surrounds gushing waterfalls in the hill country, wildlife sanctuaries such as Yala and Wilpattu,the Sinharaja rainforest, beautiful stretches of sandy beaches all around the island; specifically Tricomalee and Unawatune,whale and dolphin watchingin Kalpitiya, Mirissa and Galle, and the Buddhist cultural heritage sites such as Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in the dry zone. To travel back to the era when this island was inhabited by the Dutch and Portuguese, visit the town of Galle in the South and the City of Jaffna, all the way at the tip of the island. The buildings and the layout of these places will give you a nostalgic feeling as well as a different flavor of the country. For the surfers there is Arugam Bay and for water sports enthusiasts Bentota, as well as the Bolgoda Lake which is only a 45 minute drive from the city of Colombo. Try ‘The Marina’ at Bolgoda which gives day passes for visitors and also has halal food. For the adventurers, there is whitewater rafting in Kitulgala and outdoor camping in Ella. Adams Peak is a must visit for the Muslim traveler, as it is believed that Adam’s footprint is on the summit of this mountain.  Travelling around the Country: The best way to plan your travel would be to pre-book a private vehicle with a tour operator. You can drive as well, but with some of the narrow roads and sometimes eccentric road rules out of the city, it is better to get a local to drive you around. You can take the train to Jaffna, but don’t expect luxury. A must try is the special Expo Train to Kandy, which is perhaps one of the best ways to get a view of the changing landscape of the island. There is also air travel using seaplanes and small Cessna’s, but this is expensive. Touring Colombo: A cosmopolitan city and the commercial capital of the country, Colombo should be visited for at least a day. Take a look at the Museum, Independence Square, Galle Face Green, and the Dutch Hospital shopping area. There is also shopping that can be done and don’t forget to check out some jewelry made from beautiful Ceylon Semi-precious Stones! If you have only a few hours to spend in the city, just take a drive around using the famous ‘tuktuk’ – an interesting experience if you’ve never been in one! Hawaiian Islands The 50th state of the Unites States of America, the Hawaiian Islands is an archipelago of islands in Oceania which sits very much in the midst of a volcanic zone. It is made up of hundreds of small islands, but the main islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lānai, Kahoolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaii (also known as the ‘Big Island’ as it is the largest island of the archipelago). With the availability of a mosque and halal food, the Hawaiian Isles can be considered an ideal holiday destination for Muslim families. Things to Do and See:  There is plenty to do in Hawaii… The Big Island’s main attraction is the Volcano National Park, where you can explore volcanoes, climb lava tubes and also watch while the active Kilauea volcano erupts into the ocean. This island also boasts black-sand beaches and rainforest for the trekking and hiking enthusiasts.  Then there is Maui, where you can swim under waterfalls, watch the sunrise from atop a volcano, indulge in water sports such as surfing and windsurfing, and scuba dive and snorkel to check out the undersea universe of marine life. There are also museums and a golf course, and of course the beautiful beaches to take a leisurely stroll in the evenings. A visit to Honululu; Hawaii’s capital on the island of Oahu should also be planned. Here you will find the Iolani Palace, the Bishop Museum and some sites from the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor which includes the USS Arizona Memorial. Visiting the Aloha Tower will give you an opportunity to get some shopping done!For more information visit this website. Halal Resort, Hotels & Restaurants, and Halal Food: With the growing Muslim population, there are quite a few halal restaurants on the islands. A quick internet search for ‘Halal food in Hawaii’ will give you many results. Also check out this guide for reference. Alternately, you can also shop for your meats from a select few halal outlets and cook them yourself if staying in a private bungalow. Also being an island, you know that you will have your choice of mouthwatering seafood dishes to choose from. As for the resorts and hotels, I am not sure if they offer halal food, it is best to check when making your reservations. Mosques in Hawaii: There is only one mosque in Hawaii, the Manoa Mosquewhere Friday prayers are conducted. As an option, I suggest you take a Qibla compass with you, so that you can pray in your hotel room. Also check out the website of the Muslim Association of Hawaii (MAH) & Islamic Center of Honolulu for any particular details.   The Greek Islands The Greek Islands which consist of 6,000 islands and islets in the Aegean and Ionian Seasoffer a unique European Muslim family holiday with its abundance of rich Greek heritage, amazing beaches, olive trees, and archeological sites and wonders. Some of the most popular islands are Santorini, Crete, Rodes, Corfu and Mykanos. The Greeks have over the centuries developed their own unique customs and culture. As the Greek Islands are not known for its Muslim population, the very small Muslim population of Greece being based mainly in Athens, facilities for Muslims such as mosques are not available and halal food will not be easy to come by. Still with its beauty and ancient history, the Greek Islands should be visited by Muslim travelers.  Sightseeing, Exploring and Outdoor Activities: Most of these popular Greek Islands have extensively diverse geographywhich range from mountains to beautiful beaches, palm forests to Olive groves, to cities which showcase centuries’ old Greek culture and architecture. There are all types of activities to keep the entire Muslim family entertained during their vacation from nature reserves and parks, zoos and aquariums, water and amusement parks, museums, to boat tours, water sports and cultural tours, to some of the wonders of the world. However, there are a few must do activities while visiting the Greek Isles: • taking a tour of the Balos Beach and Lagoon where you can nearly walk on the entire lagoon in Crete • taking a walk in the Samaria Gorge National Park, the longest and gorge in Europe in Crete • Hiking Trail Fira-Oia and in Santorini • Visiting the Santorini Volcano and swimming in the hot springs • Taking a walk around the Corfu Old Town • Visiting the any of the Archaeological Museums and Natural History Museums as well as the archeological sites that are in abundance in all these Islands • Simply lounging around or taking a walk on the beaches that the Greek Isles have on offer The different Islands have their different specialties, and depending on where you plan to visit, a bit more targeted research will yield more in-depth information. Hotels and Private Villas:  There are ample hotels to be found in the Greek Isles, however, the issue would be its non-existent facilities for Muslims. However, an alternate that Muslim travelers can consider is renting out private villas that are found aplenty… it may be a bit on the expensive side, but still worth it to visit this beautiful Greek Island. Halal Food: Unfortunately Halal food choices will be very limited.Muslim travelers will have to become pescatarians and vegetarians during their holiday. However, as the Greek Isles are known for their fresh fish, and Greek vegetarian cuisine, this would be an interesting experience. Just check to ensure they do not mix any alcohol/wine in their food. For those who are quite insistent on getting some halal meat, some places may be able to arrange for Halal food on special request, while the ‘To Stachi’ restaurant in Chania Town in the Island of Crete has some fabulous vegetarian food.  The Greek Islands should be a sure vacation spot for a Muslim holiday not with standing the shortage of halal food. Mosques and Prayers:. Most of the popular Greek Islands do not have a mosque, thus it would be best to take your own Qibla compass and pray in your hotel rooms. There are several old mosques in Crete but these are archeological sites. However, there is a small mosque in Heraklio in Crete.  Zanzibar Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania. Known locally as the Unguja Island, the Zanzibar Island which is part of the Zanzibar archipelago, has a thriving Muslim population and no shortage of halal food. Being an island, there is also no shortage of beautiful seashores and beaches to simply enjoy. While visiting Zanzibar you will notice that there are many Islamic influences and a news article even calls Zanzibar – a haven for halal tourism! This makes Zanzibar Island an ideal spot for a halal holiday for the Muslim family. Things to Do and See: Stone Town, the capital city, is a must visit with its historical significance and its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can stay in this thriving and unique town while visiting the market places, mosques, and other attractions located within.Some of the main attraction - the Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders, and the Old Arab Fort, can be seen on a walking tour. As Zanzibar is also known as the ‘Spice Island’, don’t miss out on a trip to a ‘Spice Farm’, which will be a memorable experience. There is also the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre and snorkel excursions in the Menai Bay Conservation Area in the village of Paje that should be explored. Also let’s not forget the water-based activities that can be enjoyed such as kitesurfing, surfing, fishing and swimming.  Mosques and Halal Hotels &Restaurants: There are plenty of mosques in Zanzibar and you will hear the call of the Azaan in Stone Town quite distinctly. While is Zanzibar, do visit the Kizimkazi Mosque located in Dimbani, which is one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast.  There are also plenty of halal restaurants on the Island, and a quick Google search will give you ample choices. The Dhow Palace Hotel in Zanzibar City with its halal-friendly and Muslim-friendly facilities should be considered for your stay. ...

  • Crescent Rated Hotels in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka, an island country in the Indian Ocean is a great holiday destination, with endless beaches, friendly people, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush green tea plantations, fantastic food and much more. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a fun-filled holiday. Muslim visitors will definitely be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Sri Lanka. Prayer areas, mosques and Halal restaurants are spread across the island, however as it is a Buddhist country not all cities have Muslim-friendly facilities. Muslims visitors concerned about finding Muslim-friendly hotels in Sri Lanka need not worry as the island has a number of Crescentrated hotels in popular holiday destinations.   Two hotels in Sri Lanka have received a Crescentrating of 4, and this is the best rating received by a Sri Lankan hotel. The Galadari Hotel, which is situated in the heart of Colombo’s business district, is one of the hotels with a rating of 4. Although the hotel has not been certified by a Halal certification body, the hotel claims to serve Halal food. Guests should also be aware that some of the restaurants in the hotel do serve alcohol. Other Muslim-friendly services provided by the hotel includes a prayer time table and prayer mat provided on request and suhoor and ifthar meals can also be arranged during Ramadan, on request. Muslim tourists will also be able to find a number of Halal restaurants situated in close proximity to the hotel if they wish to dine out.   The other hotel that has a rating of 4 is the beautiful Eden Resort and Spa. This hotel situated in Beruwala, in the south of Sri Lanka, is a 5 Star luxury hotel. Guests can enjoy a relaxing yet fun beach holiday at the Eden Resort and Spa. This hotel too states that the food served is Halal although it has not been certified Halal by a Halal certification body. Muslim guests should be aware that alcohol is served in the hotel restaurants. Other Muslim-friendly services provided by the hotel includes a space allocated for prayers, and on request Muslim guests will be provided with a prayer time table, list of nearby masjids, prayer mat and even suhoor and ifthar meals will be arranged if needed.   The rest of the Crescentrated hotels spread across Sri Lanka are all with a rating of 3. Cinnamon Lakeside, a 5 star hotel situated in Colombo is the only other Colombo hotel to have a Crescentrating. Ranked the best 5 star hotel by Sri Lanka tourism, the hotel has a Crescentrating of 3. Muslim guests need to make prior arrangements for Halal food as the restaurants at the hotel are not assured to be Halal. In addition to some of the usual Muslim-friendly services provided, the hotel also has separate spa facilities for males and females.   Another destination popular among tourists is Kandy. Muslim visitors will be happy to know that there are 4 hotels that are Crescentrated in Kandy. Hotel Hilltop, Earl’s Regency Hotel, Cinnamon Citadel Kandy and Randholee Luxury Resort are hotels with a Crescentrating of 3. Aside from the usual prayer facilities provided on request to Muslim guests, some hotels also have Halal room service options. However Muslim guests need to make prior arrangements with the hotel if they require Halal food.   Nuwera Eliya a popular up country destination has 2 hotels which have a Crescentrating of 3. They are; Heritance Tea Factory and Jumeirah Grand Apartments. Avani Kalutara Resort and The Sands by Aitkin Spence Hotels in Kalutara, Chaaya Village Habarana and Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana, Avani Bentota Resort and Spa and Bentota Beach Hotel in Bentota are all hotels with a Crescentrating of 3. Muslims visiting Sri Lanka will also be able to find Crescentrated hotels in in Trincomalee - Chaya Blu, in Dambulla - Heritance Kandalama, in Ahungalla- Heritance Ahungalla and in Hikkaduwa -Chaaya Tranz. None of these hotels however assure the food in their restaurants are Halal. Prior requests need to be made for the hotel to provide Halal meal options. Muslim visitors also need to be aware that the restaurants at most of the hotels serve alcohol and some hotels may even house a bar within their premises....

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