Ethnic population: 2,500 (2002).
Eastern mountains, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Baddulla, and Polonnaruwa districts; second area, Moneragala district.
8b (Nearly extinct).
Shifting to Sinhala [sin]. Veddah reportedly no longer used (Breton 1997).
They live in small rural settlements and are more of a caste than a separate ethnic group. Generally accepted as equal in rank to the Sinhalese Goyigama caste.