Sri Lanka trip cost

Federica from A Stroll Around The World shares the Sri Lanka trip cost including prices of accommodation, food, transport and attractions.

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The exchange rate at the time of publishing (October 2019): $1 USD = £0.77 = 182 LKR Sri Lankan Rupee)

Sri Lanka trip cost

Introduction to Sri Lanka

As I was attracted by the enchanting archaeological ruins and the tea plantation landscape, I spent one week in Sri Lanka to experience this Southeastern Asian country. This road trip was designed as a compromise between my desire to cover the heritage and my husband’s wish to discover the underwater world of the country.

We ended up with a perfectly balanced itinerary among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the beauty of the colony era heritage, and a deep unwind in the jungle by the sea.


Overall Sri Lanka is not an expensive country.

While we stayed only in luxury accommodation, the country yearly attracts backpackers offering a wide variety of lodging.

During our one week in Sri Lanka, we booked the first nights at two different Amaya resorts. To sleep in these five stars hotels, we spent on average $140 for the night.

Our third accommodation was an eco-resort in the south of Sri Lanka. Close to the beach, it cost us $235 per night.

However, in the cultural triangle, you can find mid-range rooms for $35 per night or even a bed in a dormitory for $5 or 7 per night. The price doesn’t vary in the area of the Central Highlands or near Ella.

In Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of the tea plantation area, you can find mid-range room at $35-70 per night or guest rooms for backpackers at $12-20 per night.

Sri Lanka trip cost

Transport costs

During our stay in Sri Lanka, we used a luxury company that provided us with a driver-guide for one week. This service costs on average $600-700 for seven days.
We then paid a tuk-tuk ride to reach the Lipton seat, a very touristic spot with a stunning panorama over the tea plantation. The 40-minutes trip varies between $20 and $28 depending on if a local guide can contract the price for you.
We also paid for some tuk-tuk ride in Unawatuna to reach the diving centre from our resort in the jungle. A journey of 5-minutes cost circa $3.

Food and drink costs

During our days in Sri Lanka, we dined every night in our hotels spending on average $40 per meal for two.

During the daytime, we experienced different options. Near the archaeological ruins of Polonnaruwa, we had a delicious lunch in a mud house where we paid $17 for two.

In the Central Highlands, we ate at sit-down restaurants spending $30, maximum $40 circa for two persons.

A bottle of water costs $0.28.

Sri Lanka trip cost

Activities and attractions

The main costs regard the visit to the UNESCO sites.

Entering inside Sigirya costs $30, while Polonnaruwa costs $25, and Dambulla $8.50.

In Kandy, you can visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic paying $8.40. For the same amount of money, you can visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya.

Furthermore, visiting an organic tea plantation costs less than $2 for a person.

Sri Lanka has so many beautiful places to visit and explore but is also full of warm and welcoming locals. When travelling Asia, Sri Lanka has to be on you itinerary!

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Author’s Bio

Federica Provolenti is an Italian Journalist and digital media storyteller. On A stroll around the world, she regularly reports on cultural heritage sites and luxury destination.
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