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SAMMANTHURAI, SRI LANKA. Sammanthurai is a town of over 60,000 people in the Ampara District of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. It's renowned for i...

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Sammanthurai is a town of over 60,000 people in the Ampara District of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. It's renowned for its rice paddies and its inner harbour from ancient times - although it is now more than 4 km from the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

Sammanthurai Clock Tower
Sammanthurai is an important and historical place, and was the first place where Dutch people arrived in Sri Lanka. Sammanthurai derives its name from ‘Sampan,’ the vessel, and ‘Sammankaran’ who were Muslims from India who came to Sammanthurai during the Portuguese period.

Paddy Land Sammanthurai
Most people are Tamil speaking Muslims and they follow the Islamic tradition in their day-to-day life. Clothes are generally conservative but some young people are contemporary. Muslim women wear Hijab or Saree while the men wear Sarong, which could be either white or colour with typical Sri Lankan patterns. It is advisable for women, especially unaccompanied ones, to dress modestly and limit their interaction with unfamiliar local men.
• Sammanthurai Cuisine Being a rice town, rice is the staple diet in Sammanthurai. Biriyani, vattalappam and seafood are popular in Sammanthurai. The food here gets its flavour from a host of spices and condiments used in Sri Lanka. Coconut is a must for almost all vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes.The non-vegetarian lunch includes curries or dishes cooked with mutton, beef, chicken or fish. This cuisine is hot and spicy and provides delectable variety in chicken, mutton, beef and fish dishes.
• Various tropical fruits are available in their seasons.


The climate of Sammanthurai is tropical. Sammanthurai has two main seasons - summer and monsoon. Weatherwise, the best time to visit is during the North East monsoon season, which is November to April. Sammanthurai summers are humid and sultry; it's better to step out with an umbrella, bottled water and some oral rehydration salts (available from pharmacies and convenient stores). These come in handy if you happen to get dehydrated.


By bus
There are several private bus services operating from Colombo to Sammanthurai and Sammanthurai to Colombo. The drive takes about 7 hours and costs around Rs.900.

By train
The train service is available from Colombo to Batticaloa, from where you can take a bus or taxi to Sammanthurai. The travelling time from Batticaloa to Sammanthurai about an hour and half or two depends on the traffic.

By plane
The local airport is in Ampara which is 18 km west of Sammanthurai. To get to Sammanthurai. Fly into Colombo the commercial capital and get a domestic flight to Ampara. From Ampara either you can take a taxi or public transportation to Sammanthurai.
There is air service to and from Colombo, provided by the national airline Sri Lankan Airlines. Flights are available from origins throughout Europe, United States, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan. Other airlines, include Qatar Airlines and Emirates. Colombo's international airport is at Katunayake.

Get around
• The local "Three-Wheelers" ('Tuk-Tuk) are an amazingly cheap and exciting way of seeing the Town, and they run virtually all day long.
• Walking is also recommended - around the Hijra junction area which is the main part of the town - as a way of seeing mosques, shops, shopping area and office buildings and you can visit the Islamic Da'wa Institute and Hijra Mosque by on foot as well but you'll have to ask for directions.

By minivan
These are private hire minivans, best if you need transportation for the whole day.

The locals get around on cycles, motorcycles and cars.
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