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Sri Lanka

What can I expect from Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is an island country located in the Indian Ocean a short distance from the south of India. With breathtaking coastline surrounding the island, it is a popular travel destination for surfers and beach lovers alike. Sri Lanka also has beautiful mountains, hill country and famous native Sri Lankan elephants making it an excellent destination for nature lovers. Sri Lanka has seen an increase in tourists visiting the island in recent years with no signs of slowing down. Now is definitely the time to visit!

Sri Lanka’s weather varies significantly depending on which part of the island you are visiting, making certain months more ideal for certain areas. Overall, the best time to visit Sri Lanka, particularly the popular south coast and hill country is between December and March. This is when the weather is generally warm and rainfall is low.

Spend a day in Colombo
Wander around Galle Fort
See wild turtles in Hikkaduwa
Soak up the sun in Ahangama
See wild elephants in Yala NP
Ride the blue train from Ella to Kandy
Climb Little Adam's Peak for sunset
Climb to the top of Lion Rock, Sigiriya

“Coconut Tree Hill, Mirissa”

“Little Adam’s Peak, Ella”

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – Accommodation is very affordable in Sri Lanka, in particular BnB’s and boutique hotels. I stayed in many boutique hotels that were very reasonably priced at around $70 – $120 AUD per night including breakfast (usually a traditional Sri Lanka breakfast which was delicious!). There are a lot of hostel and lodge type accommodations that are even cheaper if your budget is a little lower.

Food – Let me just say that dahl IS life! The food in Sri Lanka is absolutely phenomenal and very affordable, especially if you eat the local food dishes. As a vegan, I didn’t struggle with food choices at all. Dahl was a staple, along with string hoppers (a Sri Lankan type noodle) and fresh tropical fruit.

Transportation – The traffic in Sri Lanka can be chaotic so the best way to get around is by using public buses and trains. These are very cheap (usually only a few dollars per journey) and run to most major towns and destinations throughout Sri Lanka. The buses and trains don’t always run exactly as per their schedules so it’s important to exercise patience and have a fairly loose schedule when travelling around.

Suggested daily budget – $70-$90 AUD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a boutique hotel, eating out for all meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or use private transport, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

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Eat local Sri Lankan food Local Sri Lankan food is very cheap and so delicious! Staples include dahl, curries, roti bread, string hoppers and fruit, all of which are available basically everywhere in Sri Lanka.
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Use public transport Buses and trains are the cheapest way to get around Sri Lanka, and it just so happens that they are also the most convenient so it's a win win! The buses and trains can be difficult to master as the depots can be very busy and overwhelming however if you know your destination, most local people will be able to point you in the right direction.
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Choose free activities & enjoy nature Sri Lanka's coastline and hill country is spectacular and something you can enjoy free of charge. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, swimming in the ocean or hiking through the hill country.
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Buy a local SIM card Using international roaming/data from your normal provider in your home country can become very expensive, very quickly and a lot of the time, wifi in cafes just doesn't cut it. Buying a local Sri Lankan SIM is super easy and convenient, providing access to phone calls, Whatsapp and internet whilst travelling around. SIM cards only cost around $10-$20 AUD and give you the flexibility to contact local businesses and people, as well as use map functions to get around.

  • The people in the villages are SO friendly! The children will wave and shout ‘hello!’ and the adults will wave and smile. It is truly heartwarming. Some tuk tuk drivers and bus conductors will tell you they know where

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