Considered by many the best introduction to Asia, Sri Lanka is home to friendly locals, large beautiful sand beaches, tea plantations, tasty food, cultural mix, excellent surf, amazing safaris, and low prices are awaiting you on this beautiful island.
Sri Lanka captivates the heart of every traveler that has ever stepped foot on the island. It is one of the cheapest countries to travel around and holds one of the most amazing and tastiest ancestral cuisines in the world.
There is some magic in the air, something almost spiritual in the atmosphere of the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The mix of cultures and religions peacefully living together in cities like Kandy and Colombo is proof of the chilled and friendly character of locals. Not many travelers are aware of the incredible wildlife Sri Lanka has to offer – it holds amazing national parks that have nothing to envy some of the top African Safaris.
The idyllic sceneries will take you from neverending tea plantations to the most incredible white sand beaches in Galle. Sri Lanka is also home to one of the most beautiful train rides in the world (from Kandy to Ella).
“Golden Temple, Dambulla”
“Kaudulla National Park, Habarana”
Accommodation – The average of a hotel night in Sri Lanka is around 17 USD.
Food – Food is super tasty and most of your meals would be under 3 – 4 USD. Eating at fancier restaurants will increase this cost.
Transportation – Expect a cost of about 3 USD a day if you move with public transportation.
Suggested daily budget – 30 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a standard hotel, eating out (including street food), and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
These guides can help you plan your trip
My trip to Sri Lanka was a bit special. I visited the country together with the Sri Lankan tourism board and a ton of other bloggers. I stayed in the country for about 10 days. I use to say that I have to go back as I got to know well the area I visited, but I am missing a few others that I consider to be equally important to get an overall idea of what the country offers. So I would put it like this, during my first time in Sri Lanka, I have visited the so-called «Cultural Triangle», including cities like Colombo, Habarana, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa.
Are you planning to visit Sri Lanka? Feel free to send me an email and I will help you to plan your trip using all the resources I know!