Sri Lanka 👣 21-day Budget & Costs

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Sri Lanka - The Pearl of the Indian Ocean 👣 21-day Budget & Costs

Sri Lanka 👣 21-day Budget & Costs

Explore the enchanting island of Sri Lanka on a 21-day adventure without breaking the bank! In this travel summary, we describe the actual costs for our Sri Lankan escapade. Make the most of your rupees while savoring the diverse landscapes, rich culture, and delectable cuisine that this tropical paradise has to offer.

Whether you’re a backpacker on a shoestring budget or a savvy traveler seeking value for money, embark on an unforgettable journey through the Pearl of the Indian Ocean without compromising on experiences.

Our Sri Lankan Schedule

Our Sri Lanka 21-day round trip started and ended in Negombo. From there we traveled inland to Sigiriya to visit the Lion Rock.

We then took a bus to the central highlands, taking in Kandy, Polwaththa ECO lodges, a tea plantation and the Knuckle Mountains.

Following a dizzying descent from the heights of Haputale, our last week was spent soaking up the sun on the beaches of Tangalle , Unawatuna and Galle.

Sri Lanka 21-day Budget & Costs

Sri Lanka 21-day budget & costs – A Buddhist monk out for a stroll near Galle

Return to Mosquito Coast – Negombo

For our last couple of days, we returned to Negombo to eat our last curry and rice. This was in the same restaurant where we ate our first Sri Lankan meal- the Beach Villa Guest House – looking out over the Indian ocean.

Sri Lanka 21-day Budget & Costs

Curry and Rice – You’ll be eating a lot of this

We were now ready for the final phase of our journey: We’d experienced the End of the World : Next we were heading for the Top of the WorldBurj Khalifa in Dubai.

But before that, how much did our 21-day tour of Sri Lanka cost? and did we manage to stay within budget?

Hotels in Colombo

Our 21-day Budget … and Actual Costs

Before starting the trip, we estimated we’d need around €25 ($28) per person per day for our journey through Sri Lanka. This would be to cover all costs, including accommodation, meals, transport, drinks and sundries.

Sri Lanka 21-day Budget & Costs

Sri Lanka 21-day budget & costs – It’s not all about the money…

In reality, we were paying out the following (on average):

♦  2,500 rupees per night for a double room (€13)
♦  1,600 rupees per day for dinner for two (€8)
♦  1,000 rupees per day for 2 breakfasts (€5)
♦  Another 1,000 rupees per day for 2 lunches (€5)
♦  250 rupees per person per bus ride (€2.50 for two)

… and perhaps most importantly of all – A large 65 cl bottle of beer cost around €1.80: Half the price of the brew back home.

This all adds up to €17 per day per person (excluding beers, so lets ‘round’ it off at €21 🍺).

We also paid out €50 each in tickets to enter the Lion Rock, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and the Temple of the Tooth. But this still brought us just under budget at €23.50 per person ($26), spread over 21 days.

Our budget for Sri Lanka therefore turned out to be just about right.

Hotels in Kandy

Additional Travel Perks – Maldives and Dubai Stopovers

Because we booked our flights with Emirates, we were able to take advantage of a stopover in the Maldives on our way out and another stopover in Dubai on our return journey.

These additional destinations – mini holidays in themselves – really added extra spice and diversity to the overall trip.


Interested in a 4-day Maldives break?

What we didn’t have time for on this trip…

There are still plenty of destinations waiting for our next visit to Sri Lanka, including the Dambulla Cave Temple, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Adam’s Peak to mention just a few.

Sri Lanka 21-day Budget & Costs

The turbulent southern coastline of Sri Lanka

… and we surely will be returning because Sri Lanka – The Pearl of the Indian Ocean – with its unique geography and ecology is a very special place indeed.

Hotels in Tangalle

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