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Travelling to Sri Lanka

Tips for travelling to Sri Lanka


Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka, but English is widely spoken and understood in the main tourist centres and major towns and cities.  Not many people in rural areas speak English. 

A few greetings you might like to learn are “Ayubowan” meaning long life, this is traditional Sinhalese welcome. The Tamils use “Vanakkam” which has the same meaning.

The Sri Lanka head wobble is another gesture you will quickly recognise during your travels.It simple indicates a very friendly yes! Or ok.  You will notice this movement often accompanied by the words “hari hari” meaning yes yes ok. Another one to learn is Bohoma Sthuthi which means thank you in Sinhala.

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