English is an international language, which is taught an used as second language in Sri Lanka. We not only use the language to communicate with others but also to do higher studies and to sit for various exams conducted by educational institutions. In Sri Lanka, English is used in science, in the business world and in the tourism sector, too.
I likes to learn English to offer better services and to improve my knowlege by discussions with foreign holidaymakers, when they are visiting our beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
Actually, millions of travellers usr search engines to find their ''private tour guide/driver/chauffeurs'' who can speak English. Indeed, it’s possible to find long lists of tourist guide names and some details of them online. But even if their English is perfect, you never know that you will get all the knowledge of our country from the person you selected or chose only via the internet. Some holidaymakers are kind to write reviews for them expressing thanks and conforming they are recommendable guides and drivers. Almost all guides request to write a review in the internet. That’s why there are many reviews of unauthorised or less qualified guides, too. As a result of this practice, other holidaymakers are not satisfied with the are services they receive when visiting our island. So please be aware, you should first check their permit or licence. Valid documents are only issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Devolopment Authority (SLTDA).
Some non-govermental organizations are issuing unvalid permits or licences without government approval. Why? Because many tourist guides are cheating tourists. These days there are many media reports about such cases. For example, some guides asked for advance payments, promising services for a tailor-made trip, but when the guest arrived at Colombo Airport, there was nobody to welcome them.
So I should thank my parents, teachers, friends, neighbours and tourists who helped me to improve my knowledge of English privately. It is helpful to share my own knowledge about our Sri Lankan culture, Buddhism and history with the guests from all parts of the world. And their support allowed me to pass the exams of the SLTDA in order to become a fully licenced tourist guide.
Accidently, you now found one of my articles about tourism in Sri Lanka. So you have come to a right guide page. So please fill free to contact me or to ask any questions concerning travelling in Sri Lanka to check my qualification and knowledge.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka,