Sinhala (a language of Indo-Aryan origin spoken by the majority of the population) and Tamil are the official languages of the country. English is widely spoken and place names and signboards are in all three languages English, Sinhala, and Tamil.


Ayubowan (āyubōvan) is the formal greeting in Sri Lankan and it is a salutation wishing the recipient a long life. Generally greeted by joining two hands in a prayer-like manner and says “Ayubowan". This phrase can be used any time of the day as a greeting or goodbye. However, in the city, it is more common to be greeted with a handshake.


Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) is the local currency in Sri Lanka. Major credit cards (Visa, Master and American Express) are accepted in most of the places. Visa debit cards can be used at ATM machines. More information on current note series can be found here

Currency Exchange

Major currencies can be exchanged at the airport and we recommend you to do the exchange at the airport. However, there are many central bank authorized money exchangers are available in Colombo. Please visit for currency exchange rates


The Voltage used in Sri Lanka is 230 V at 50 Hz. Power outlet Type G has been introduced as the standard power socket since 2017. However, there are a number of places which use Type C power outlets. Hence, a travel adapter is strongly recommended.