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Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka

Fairy-tale like train rides, lush tea plantations and stunning beaches. It won’t take long for you to fall for this country.


Best time to visit

Best time to visit Sri Lanka is December to March for the West and South coasts, and April to September for the East coast.

Money saving tips

While it’s quite cheap to visit Sri Lanka, you can save even more by using public transportation and make note of happy hours.

Suggested budget

The daily suggested budget for the Philippines is $30-40 USD, assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating local and bargain, or use PickMe, for transport.

Favourite thing to do

My favorite experience from our trip here was visiting the Udawalawe Safari and chilling out at the beach in Unawatuna.

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Sri Lanka

This Sri Lanka travel guide will help you plan your best vacation in Sri Lanka. This island country located south of India, in the Indian Ocean was one of the most diverse locations we’ve visited thus far. Sandy beaches, lush jungles, great animal life and super friendly locals are just some of the things you’ll see on your trip to Sri Lanka. The best way to visit Sri Lanka is on a 2-3 week trip. In this time you’ll manage to visit all the major tourist destinations, such as Unawatuna, Ella and Sigiriya, but also make a few stops for the beautiful (and not as touristy) places. We spent the first week in Dalawella and did most of the trips from there. All the day trips, as well as amazing things to do in Sri Lanka are gathered right here on my blog, but also on my travel Instagram posts and Sri Lanka stories.

Typical costs

Accomodation - During our two week travels around Sri Lanka we spent $700 USD on hotels and guest houses. We booked mid-range double rooms in 3-4 star hotels, where all of them had breakfast included in the price. The average hotel night in a 3-star hotel costs $50, but you can of course splurge on a fancier place for $100-150 a night, or book a bed in a dorm for $15 per person per night.

Food - We loved Sri Lankan food! The cheapest is, of course, eating local – Sri Lankan curry for around $2 USD and getting some baked goods, such as roti, from the street vendors for around $0,10 USD. If you’re keener on western restaurant meals, then be prepared to spend around $7-15 for a meal and around $2 for a beer. A king coconut will cost you $0,50 USD and it’s a must buy while on your Sri Lankan adventure!

Transportation - While there are some brave souls out there who take the public buses in Sri Lanka, we are not them. It’s the cheapest mode of transportation ($1 USD per person) and a good way to learn how the locals do it, we were keener on lugging our stuff and ourselves around on tuk-tuk’s and used a private driver for the long-distance travels. On our very first day in Dalawella, we met Disa – a tuk-tuk driver who also owned a minivan. We booked him for all our trips, except Sigiriya to the airport and couldn’t recommend him more. If you want to book Disa for your travels in Sri Lanka you can reach him on WhatsApp +94 77 114 0727.