The best thing to buy in Sri Lanka on the road side is coconut monkey carvings .. these are quite cheap and attractive too… but due to its size be sure that you have sufficient space in your baggage to keep them .. but you know its more than its price u will find it a cute gift to someone .. & you don;t get these kind of things in India for sure. so I will rate this at the top when you go to Sri Lanka … so plz reserve space for this .. this will cost you @ 200 Sri Lankan Rupees which is dam cheap, for Indians too … remember our currency is powerful in Sri Lanka 🙂 So here is my list of Souvenirs Shopping in Sri Lanka
List of Souvenirs Shopping in Sri Lanka
- Monkey carvings made through coconut
- Rickshaw, elephants in different forms
- Key chains – elephants but carved onto the lather
- Elephant mechano
- Silver and Brass presentation articles
- High quality gems (not roadside shopping, but there are big showrooms around Candy)
These are cute small souvenirs u can buy which shows Rickshaw, elephants in different forms … I liked the colorful rickshaw more …
& again the elephants but carved onto the lather .. very rich look … .. u get key chains of this form again a good gift to someone when u r back from Sri Lanka …
& here is something for the children too elephant mechano .. see one of the monkey carving at the bottom again … nice one
again you will find many roadside shops in Sri Lanka which sells hand made Silver and Brass presentation articles … but I don’t know how to carry them in international travel !! so forget it !! also such items are also available in India .. so I was not very much interested in them .. only you may get some advantage of our currency being strong ..
Again this is not road side shopping .. but you have decent shops all around selling quality gems .. & one could also bargain for the price .. they easily reduce prices for us … surely they sell it at much higher prices to Europeans .. but we can bargain & get at lower prices .. most of them provide guarantee card for gems .. we visited Amit gems in Candy
Apart from this Many shops in Colombo you can get good bargains for the shirts .. I mean ready made Garments, for children/ women / men … you can buy beach wear from here if you are heading down to Thailand for coral island tour .. & all of these are of export quality at very good prices .. since they export these to other countries & we get advantage due to weak currency.
Also important thing is you can buy world’s finest tea & spices in Colombo .. of course you should have knowledge of tea & spices to get good price & best quality …
and last thing which drew my attention is Volkswagen Beetle cars all around road side from Colobo to Kandy road .. amazing but I could spot out Volkswagen Beetle cars parked at road side garage & then came to know frm our guide is that they are widely available and at pretty cheap prices … like 100,000 srilankan rupees to 800,000 srilankan rupees .. I was so impressed that I though it culd be great idea to buy one from there & import to India …. nice idea na ?
so when you are at Sri Lanka do not forget to buy things that I have shown here . including the Volkswagen Beetle too 🙂 ha ! ha !!!