16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka

This is a summary of what I did during my 16 Days in Sri Lanka. It also summarizes my cost of travel in Sri Lanka including daily expenditure, total expenditure, and average daily cost of travelling in Sri Lanka.

All costs are rounded/approximated high where applicable.

Links will take you to more in-depth posts, i.e., my ‘daily diary’, where you can get directions, useful information and some not-so-useful information.

Sri Lanka is an Asian country located just south of India.

It is much smaller in comparison to India and while being somewhat similar, has its own very distinct culture.

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka

Day 1. Finding Accommodation in Colombo

Getting to Colombo Bus Station From the Airport by Bus
Colombo Accommodation Review – City Fort Hostel
My First Taste of Sri Lankan Food – Eating on the Galle Face Green

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 1.
Food: 4450LKR
Accommodation: 2200LKR
Transport: 560LKR


Total for Day 1 in Sri Lanka: 7210LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $55

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Kottu

Kottu comes in a variety of ‘flavors’. This one is mutton. It’s pretty tasty, a little spicy.

Day 2. Getting to Anuradhapura

Getting to Anuradhapura from Colombo
Anuradhapura Accommodation Review – Cottage Tourist Rest

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 2
Food: 180LKR
Sightseeing/Other: 1350LKR


Total for Day 2 in Sri Lanka: 1530LKR
Total in USD (approx): $11.50

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka

Inside the train to Anuradhapura

Day 3. Getting to Anuradhapura Ancient City

Getting to Anuradhapura Ancient City
How Much to Pay For a Tuk Tuk in Sri Lanka
Exploring Anuradhapura Ancient City

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 3
Food: 1260LKR
Transport: 200LKR
Accommodation: 3600
Sightseeing: 3250LKR


Total for Day 3 in Sri Lanka: 8310LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $62.50

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka

No safety harnesses, but check out how clean the right side is compared to the left.

Dambulla Cave Temple Review – Sri Lanka Day 4

Getting to Dambulla From Anuradhapura
Dambulla Accommodation Review – Blue Sky Guest House
Dambula Cave Temple Review

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 4
Food: 780LKR
Transport: 450LKR
Sightseeing: 1500
Accommodation: 3000LKR


Total for Day 4 in Sri Lanka: 5730LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $43.10

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Dambulla - Cave Temple

Inside Cave Temple

Getting to the Pidurangala Rock Temple – Sri Lanka Day 5

Getting to Sigiriya from Dambulla
Getting to Sigiriya from Kandy
Getting to the Pidurangala Rock Temple

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 5
Food: 680LKR
Transport: 195LKR
Sightseeing: 500LKR
Other: 340LKR


Total for Day 5: 1715LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $12.90

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Sigiria (4)

View of Sigiria

Day 6. Peradenia Botanical Gardens Review

Getting to Kandy From Dambulla
Kandy Accommodation Review – Olde Empire Hotel
Exploring Kandy
Peradenia Botanical Gardens Review – Kandy
Kandyan Cutural Show Review – Kandy

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 6
Food: 797LKR
Transport: 126LKR
Sightseeing: 1850LKR
Other: 400LKR


Total for Day 6 in Sri Lanka: 3173LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $23.85

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Peradenia Botanical Gardens

Peradenia Botanical Gardens

Day 7. Catching the Train From Kandy to Ella

Temple of the Tooth Review
Catching the Train From Kandy To Ella
Home-Stay in Ella Review – Unknown Name

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 7

Food: 185LKR
Transportation: 400LKR
Accommodation: 1200LKR
Other: 270LKR

Total for Day 7: 2055LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $15.45

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Temple of the Tooth Review - Getting the train from Kandy to Ella

The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka

Day 8. Climbing Little Adam’s Peak – Ella

Traditional Sri Lankan Breakfast
Climbing Little Adam’s Peak
Getting From Ella to Matara
Getting to Rawana Falls By Bus
Matara Accommodation Review – Roshan Rest
Exploring Matara

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 8
Food: 385LKR
Transport: 260LKR
Accommodation: 3000LKR


Total for Day 8 in Sri Lanka: 3645LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $27.50

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Ella - Valley

View of the valley from Little Adams Peak

Day 9. Star Fort Matara Review

Star Fort Matara Review
More Exploration of Matara

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 9
Food: 470LKR
Sightseeing: 100LKR
Accommodation: 1000LKR

Total for Day 9 in Sri Lanka: 1570LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $11.75

Day 10. Exploring Galle

Getting from Matara to Galle by Bus
Galle Accommodation Review – Suwa Siri
Getting to Suwa Siri
Exploring Galle
Galle Fort Review
Where to Get Stuff Repaired in Galle (Bags, Shoes etc)
A Really Good Bakery in Galle

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Star Fort Entrance

Entrance to Star Fort

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 10
Food: 670LKR
Transport: 60LKR
Other: 430LKR


Total for Day 10 in Sri Lanka: 1160LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $8.75

Day 11. Getting to Jungle Beach – Unawatuna

Getting to Jungle Beach – Unawatuna
Experiencing KFC in Sri Lanka

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 11
Food: 650LKR
Transport: 35LKR
Sightseeing: 100LKR
Other: 1027LKR


Total for Day 11 in Sri Lanka: 1812LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $13.55

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Jungle Beach Unawatuna

Jungle Beach – this is the second beach. The first was very crowded

Day 12. What I Love About the Women of Sri Lanka

A Wander Around Galle
What I Love About the Women of Sri Lanka
Where to Get Awesome Chicken Biryani in Galle

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 12
Food: 865LKR
Accommodation: 5400LKR
Other: 225LKR


Total for Day 12 in Sri Lanka: 6490LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $48.80

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - What I love about the women of Sri Lanka

The dresses the Sri Lankan women wear are amazing

Day 13. Kalutara Bodhiya Temple

Getting From Galle to Kalutara
Kalutara Hindi Temple
Kalutara Bodhiya Temple
Finding Accommodation in Kalutara
Kalutara Accommodation Review – Palm Grove Home-Stay
Kalutara Beach

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 13
Food Costs Total: 650LKR
Transport Costs Total: 120LKR
Accommodation Costs Total: 200LKR

Total for Day 13 in Sri Lanka: 970LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $7.30

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Kalutara Beach (2)

Another part of Kalutara Beach

Day 14. My Ayurvedic Massage Experience

My Ayurvedic Massage Experience
Holy Cross College
Drums in the Kalutara Bodhiya Temple

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 14
Food: 330LKR
Sightseeing: 2000LKR
Accommodation: 3200LKR


Total for Day 14 in Sri Lanka: 5530LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $41.65

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - ayurvedic massage experience - Sirodara Puncha Karma

Day 15. Free Walking Tour of Colombo

Getting From Kalutara to Colombo
Free Walking Tour of Colombo

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 15
Food: 470LKR
Transport: 40LKR
Accommodation: 2300LKR
Other: 330LKR


Total for Day 15 in Sri Lanka: 3130LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $23.60

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - Sima Malaka

Sima Malaka

Day 16. Why You Should Travel to Sri Lanka

Getting to Colombo Airport
Why You Should Travel to Sri Lanka

Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka Day 16
Food: 1090LKR
Transport: 100LKR


Total for Day 16 in Sri Lanka: 1190LKR
Total in USD (Approx): $8.95

16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka - why you should travel to Sri Lanka - airport tours

School children having a tour of the airport.. and this is in the passenger only section

Total Cost for 16 Days in Sri Lanka

This total is derived by adding all the totals in local currency and then converting to USD, as opposed to just adding the approximate USD figures. This is why the USD figures will not add up correctly.

Total Cost: 55220LKR = $415.75USD
Average Daily Cost: $25.98USD

The above totals do not include cost of flights to and from Sri Lanka (from Australia, to Guangzhou (China). I try to keep under a $50USD a day budget. That means for 16 days I have $800. I spent approx $420 while in Sri Lanka, which leaves me $380USD for flights.

My flights cost $637.50USD so I was $256.50USD over-budget. If you include my flights I spent an average of $66.05USD a day… still not too bad.

Thus concludes this summary of 16 Days in Sri Lanka and Cost of Travel in Sri LankaAlso be sure to check out:
12 Best Things to Do in Sri Lanka
14 Awesome Sri Lanka Foods

What would you add to your 16 days in Sri Lanka itinerary? Let us know that (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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