Most Sri Lankans speak Sinhalese, with the second language being Tamil. Many people who work in the tourism or transport industry will be able to talk to you in great English.
Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). R1 is approximately 13 LKR.
Sri Lanka is on the same time zone as India: GMT+05:30.
10 Day Guided Sri Lanka Adventure + Accommodation + Activities + Return Flights!
Our 10 day trip exploring the beautiful country of Sri Lanka; home to exotic animals, stunning scenery, beaches and culture, and some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. Begin in Negombo, then head out to Sigiriya Rock for the epic views of the countryside. Visit a tea plantation, and enjoy learning about Sri Lankan cuisine at a local cooking school. Ride on the famous blue train, then set off on Safari in search of the local wildlife.
Includes visits to Negombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella, & Unawatuna; return flights, airport taxes, 9 nights’ accommodation, most activities & transportation!
Select departure dates between 5 March 2020 - 25 Nov 2020. T&Cs apply.
There are plenty of local bottle shops and bars in Sri Lanka. A local beer will cost you around 300 rupees (R23). Imported beers and spirits will set you back a little more.
Don't expect to pay more than R70 for a slap-up street dinner of curry, dhal or string hoppers. Snacks, such as kottu are even cheaper. A sit down meal in a nicer restaurant will cost up to R140.
A taxi in the capital of Colombo will cost you around 50 rupees per kilometre - that's around R4! For a 10 km taxi or rickshaw ride, don't pay more than R40.
A three hour bus journey in Sri Lanka will cost you up tp 400 rupees (around R30). A train ticket from Colombo to Kandy is 100 rupees for 2nd or 3rd class, or 500 rupees (R40) for 1st class air-conditioned. Both options are reliable and safe.
A bed in a hostel or cheap room in a local homestay with other backpackers will set you back around R130 a night; perhaps a little more in popular beach spots like Hikkaduwa and Arugam Bay.
Sri Lankan accommodation is all about the bargains. You'll be able to find a spacious and clean en-suite room in a 3* hotel for around 4000 LKR (R300) per night, or a room in a family guesthouse or homestay for less (we recommend this option of you want to immerse yourself in the culture). Beach resorts can cost upwards of R1370.