What was the former name of Sri Lanka? Was Sri Lanka a part of India?What language do they speak?

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  1. Elmer J. says:

    In ancient times, Sri Lanka was known by a variety of names: ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane[11] and Arabs referred to it as Serendib (the origin of the word “serendipity”).[12] Ceilão was the name given to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese when they arrived in 1505,[13] which was transliterated into English as Ceylon.[14] In 1972, the official name of the country was changed to “Free, Sovereign and Independent Republic of Sri Lanka” (in Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකාව śrī laṃkā, IPA: [ˌʃɾiːˈlaŋkaː]; whereas the island itself is referred to as ලංකාව laṃkāva, IPA: [laŋˈkaːʋə], in Tamil இலங்கை ilaṅkai, iˈlaŋɡai). In 1978 it was changed to “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”.[15] The current name is derived from the Sanskrit word lanka, meaning “island”,[16] which was also the name of the island as described in the ancient Indian epics Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The word “Sri” is a Sanskrit title meaning sacred.


  2. katie says:

    ->known as Ceylon before 1972 and as Taprobane in ancient times
    ->Is it’s own country, officially called the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
    ->Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka. English is spoken by approximately 10% of the population, and is widely used for education, scientific and commercial purposes

  3. K says:

    sri lankans speak ceylon

  4. revathi r says:

    former name is Ceylon!
    Languge they spoke is Sinkalam!
    Its a Island!

  5. Wicked Kid says:

    The Former name of Sri Lanka was Ceylon, at the time of British Colonialism. In Ancient times, the Island was called as Lanka Dvipa ( Lankan Island). When Sri Lanka became Independent, they added a “Sri” to Lanka, naming the Island as “Sri Lanka”. “Sri ” means wealth, prosperity, auspiciousness.

    Per Se Sri Lanka was never considered officially as a part of India. Though it was colonized by the South Indian Tamil Kingdoms for a brief period of Time. So at some point of time, Sri Lanka existed as a Colony of Tamil Kingdoms.

    The Majority Language spoken at Sri Lanka is Sinhala, an Indo European Languages. The other Minority language being spoken is Tamil, spoken by the Tamil Ethnic minority in the North and East parts of the country.

    Hope this helps !!!

  6. supermax says:



    3. Sinhalese and Tamil national languages but English is also used.

  7. Artemis says:


  8. Kenny F says:

    sri lanka had a lot of former names given by different countries, for example the british called us CEYLON and the arabs called us SERENDIB. now its called sri lanka but the formal name is “DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTIC REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA.” but the most widely used former name for sri lanka is ceylon.

    no, sri lanka was not a part of India, but the first king of sri lanka was from india.

    the official language is SINHALESE, and the two national languages are sinhala and tamil. English is widely spoken by almost 10% of the population (mainly in the urban areas).

  9. Niken says:

    If you really want to know the full details then visit this site. http://www.scenicsrilanka.com/history-of-sri-lanka.html

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