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13 Killer Sri Lanka Budget Tour Package Ideas

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As a holiday or a long weekend approaches or simply there is an itch to find an obscure place to hang around and forget about the routine life in the city or take off with friends to some adventure experience, a lot of people are starting to look for a place to visit in Sri Lanka. But, your budget may hold you back, but don’t worry even you just have only a few thousands of rupees in your wallet, choose a Sri Lanka budget tour package mentioned hereunder, that you can think of. If you wish to visit any of these places, seerendipity tours can help you to organize a budget trip to any of the places.

Here is a quick overview of the Sri Lankan budget tour package

Sri Lanka budget tour package Ideas

1. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Belihuloya

Recommended duration of Sri Lanka budget tour package to Belihuloya is 2 Night /3 Days.

Transport: Travel by bus from Colombo to Belihuloya and back LKR 300.

Food: LKR 150 per meal per person.

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room per night or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room per night.

A tour to Belihuloya tops the list among the Eco-holiday destinations with light adventure activities. Same times this is one of the most popular Sri Lanka budget tour packages. You can visit many important tourist attraction on this Sri Lanka tour such as the Horton plains national park, Adam’s peak, Rainforests in Kitulgala etc. Hill stations such as Bandarawela, Haputale and Nuwara Eliya is also not far away destinations from Belihuloya. Belihuloya, unpopular hilly countryside with plenty of opportunities for adventure lovers, is popular for the verdant hills, untamed wilderness, beautiful countryside, rivers, lakes, mountains and the waterfalls. Belihuloya is one of the best places to enjoy nature. There are many trekking paths here allowing you to experience the rich natural vegetation in a typical laid back countryside.

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2. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Galle

Recommended duration of Sri Lanka budget tour package to Galle is 1 Nights/2 Days

Transport: Train travel from Colombo to Galle and back LKR 350.

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: LKR 150 per meal per person

Boat tour: Madolduwa boat tour LKR 3000, so split it up among members of the group.

For travellers, who look for a Sri Lanka budget tour package, undoubtedly Galle one day tour is one of the hot favourites; and Galle is a popular destination among the backpackers too. Get lost in a pristine palm-fringed beaches, Dutch colonial heritage, Dutch fort, markets and beautiful countryside villages. Take a walk in the best-preserved Dutch colonial city in Asia and wander through the cobblestoned alleys, while enjoying the edifices erected in the bygone era.

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3. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Badulla

Recommended duration of stay: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Train travel from Colombo to Badulla and back LKR 640

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: LKR 150 per meal per person.

Best way to travel to Badulla is considered to be the train because the train journey from Kandy to Badulla considered as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. The train is the cheapest option with regards to the transport between Colombo and Badulla.

Badulla is one of as the most popular tea-producing towns on the island but it is not a popular holiday destination. And therefore the things that travellers need not as expensive as in Nuwara Eliya, which is the busiest holiday destination in the mountains. Limited supply but still low demand helps the travellers to get the best rates for their accommodation, meals and transport.  Head on to Badulla and make it your base, you can explore the places in the mountains with a very limited budget. make short trips to Ella, Bandarawela and Nuwara Eliya to explore the rivers, waterfalls, historical sites, temples (Visiting a Sri Lanka Buddhist temple here are 9 rules to consider), tea factories and city life in the mountains.

Dagoba

4. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Kataragama

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Kataragama and back by bus: LKR 700

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: Plenty of eating options at an affordable rate at LKR 300 for two per meal

Yala safari entrance: LKR 500 per person (this is the local rate and the foreign rate is around LKR 3000 per person with taxes)

Cost for the jeep:  LKR 4000, so split it up among members of the group.

If you wish to have some peace and tranquillity without ripping off your wallet choose Kataragama for your Sri Lanka Budget tour package. With proper planning, you can have one of the very affordable Sri Lanka Budget tour packages to Kataragama. Kataragama is a place where you see a large number of local travellers and you will not encounter many foreigners, because Kataragama is the most popular religious site in Southern Sri Lanka and attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. Therefore for hotels, meals and all other services are mainly for local travellers and therefore you can avoid the touristy price easily. There is a large number of places to visit during the tour in Kataragama such as Yala national park, Kataragama temple, Wedihitikanda, Kirinda, Yatalatissa dagoba.

Train journey sri lanka

5. Haputale destination for a Sri Lanka budget tour package

Ideal duration for this Sri Lanka budget tour package: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 500

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: there are many local restaurants to serve travellers. and the food is affordable.

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the mountains, where you can plan a Sri Lanka Budget tour package. Haputale is one of the most popular health resorts in the mountains. The weather is loved by most Sri Lankan travellers, due to its mild temperature, Weather in Haputale has a notable contrast to the low country warm weather. The cool climate in Haputale results mainly through the elevation. Thre are several important places to visit in Haputale such as Adisham bungalow, tangamale nature reserve. Haputale is popular as a place to have a peaceful holiday while enjoying the cool climate.

Nuwara eliya
Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka with many waterfalls, river, patches of forests and tea plantations

6. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Bandarawela

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

The cost of transportation for this Sri Lanka budget tour from Colombo and back by bus: LKR 600

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: there are many local restaurants to serve travellers. and the food is affordable.

This is one of the best places to plan a Sri Lanka budget tour package because it offers a plethora of activities in the form of hikes, many waterfalls, popular religious places and delicious food. Most importantly, Bandarawela is the best alternative to the overpriced holiday destination, Nuwara Eliya. Bandarawela most popular as a city that produces best Ceylon tea and tourism is not given as much importance as in Nuwara Eliya.

Due to the high demand, the prices of accommodation, meals, transportation and all other services required by travellers are very expensive in Nuwara Eliya but planing you tour to Banadarawela allows you eliminate the touristy price while enjoying the upcountry salubrious climate. There is a large number of archaeological sites such as Dova cave temple, Divurumpola temple near Bandarwela. Places like Ella and Badulla also can be visited with a short drive from Banadrawela and in order to spice up your cultural, historical and experience of rich nature.

Bandarawela is the gateway to one of the most popular trekking sites in the mountain known as Lipton seat. With plenty of activities, Sri Lanka budget tour package to Haputale makes a lasting impression on all travellers heading to this beautiful laid back village.

7. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Udawalawe

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 500

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: there are many local restaurants to serve the travellers and the food is affordable.

Travel via Ratnapura, apart from the scenic drive, you can even visit the Udawalawe elephant orphanage and visit the elephant museum. The tea plantations in the mountains of Rathnapura are its hallmark, but you can even have a safari at Udawalawe national park in this Sri Lanka budget tour package. Try to use the other route via Galle and Matara to experience some different sites on the return journey.

Udawalawe is a place where you encounter a large number of foreign travellers because Udawalawe national park is one of the best wildlife reserves to enjoy the elephants in action. Here you can see a large number of elephants during the safari no matter what time you do it. Usually, the mid-day is not suitable for safari and you don’t see animals but it is not applicable to Udawalawe national park, here you can witness wild elephants during the whole day. Elephants are the most occurring animal here and crocodile, monkey, deer, wild boar, wild buffaloes are some of the other wildlife you will encounter at Udawalwe national park.

8. Sri Lanka budget tour package to Hatton / Dik Oya

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 550

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: There are many local restaurants to serve the travellers and the food is affordable.

Chugging up to Hatton/Dickoya from Colombo will be a once in a lifetime experience. This chilly upcountry twin city gives the pleasure of enjoying the healing climate at an elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. Hatton is one of the least explored holiday destinations in the country and you will not encounter foreign travellers here. Hatton is one of the best places for a Sri Lanka budget tour package. As you reach the hills, just inhale the refreshing salubrious air, sip a cup of Ceylon tea, rise early and take a glimpse of the rising sun.

anuradhapura

9. Sri Lanka budget torus destination Anuradhapura

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 550

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: There are many local restaurants to serve the travellers and the food is affordable.

Anuradhapura, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the central province and a place to experience the cultural flavour or Sri Lanka. We have discussed many dozens of time about Anuradhapura on this blog but still, we repeatedly talking about it, why? because it is one of the holiday hotspots in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a place that should not be forgotten if you are interested in learning the rich historical past of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a historical and cultural hotspot in one of the key archaeological sites with hundreds of temples, palaces, lakes, museum, and many other important places. It has a fascinating collection of ruins built by Sri Lankan engineers, artisans and craftsmen over the many centuries starting from 3rd century BC to 1061 AD.

A Useful Guide To Your Colombo Sightseeing Tour

10. The Stunning Colombo

Colombo is a cultural melting pot, consisting of many ethnic groups such as Sinhalese, Tamil, and Burghers etc. Colombo is the busiest city on the island with busy roads, shopping malls, hotels, street markets. Colombo offers great bargains giving you the opportunity to buy a wide range of products such as leather products, textiles, gems and jewellery, electronic equipment at an affordable rate.

Same times there is a much historical attraction in Colombo that deserves your attention. Wolvendaal Church, Gangarama temple, Viharamahadevi, Independent square, Pettah, Galle face and BMICH are some of the noteworthy places.

Transportation: Having private transportation is the best way to do your Colombo sightseeing tour. The tour lasts around 4 hours and you have allocated some extra time for shopping as you wish. Many tour operators provide Colombo city tour and there are few tour operators organize Colombo city tour in a TUK TUK as well as in a Double Decker bus allowing the travellers to have a novel experience.

Accommodation: The accommodation might be a bit costly in the city centre. But a few kilometres from the city (Mt.Lavinia, Dehiwala) you get plenty of opportunities have affordable accommodation.

Places to Eat: There are many places to eat in Colombo; here you get plenty of street food too. If you could drop-into one of the food courts such as the majestic food court you can have plenty of choices to sample Sri Lanka specialities as well as foreign dishes.

Places to Visit: Colombo is a place for a day tour to most travellers who spend holidays in Sri Lanka. A large number of travellers who spend a beach holiday in the west, southern and east coast take part in Colombo day tour. Colombo is also included in most Sri Lanka road trips. Either way, don’t forget to explore interesting places such as Colombo Zoo, Colombo Museum, Pettah market, Gangarama temple.

Travel Calculation: Approx. USD 120

Suggested duration: 1 Day

Interesting Tips: Avoid the city tour at rush hour to curtail the time spent on transportation. If you visit the city on weekends and holidays you can explore the city with more peacefully as the chaos in the city is at its lowest.

Watadage polonnaruwa quadrangle

11. The Bewitching Central triangle

The scenic cultural triangle of Sri Lanka encompasses many important historical places and many natural attractions such as Minneriya national park. However, the cultural triangle included in most Sri Lanka road trips due to the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla, all of them are UNESCO world heritage. There are many long weekends this year and one can reach the cultural triangle after 5 hours drive! So plan your trip to the cultural triangle to experience the rich historical past of Sri Lanka.

Transportation: The journey from Colombo to the cultural triangle lasts around 5 hours via Dambulla. There are many places to visit within the cultural triangle and they are spread across a large geographical area. Therefore the travellers need to cover a large distance to reach from one place to the other. For instance, it would be around 100km from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa and the drive takes around 2 hours. It is highly recommended to base in the Sigiriya and Habarana (in the middle of the cultural triangle), while you explore the attractions in the cultural triangle, thereby you can reach important places within a  short period of time.

Accommodation: The accommodation facilities are plenty in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. But most hotels and other accommodation fasciitis are to be found in Sigiriya and Habarana area, as it is centrally located within the cultural triangle. A Large number of hotels, guest houses, rest houses and dormitories are providing economical accommodation for travellers, who wish to explore the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

Places to Visit: Must visits in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka includes, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla cave temple, Pidurangala temple,  to do are – Buddhist temples, farmhouses, visit the Sigiriya museum, making a safari tour.

Suggested Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights

Travel Calculation: Approx. USD 300

Interesting Tips: It is highly recommended to base in Habarana/Sigiriya at least 1 night to explore the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. There is a large distance to cover the places in the cultural triangle and also there is a large distance to cover within the historical places; therefore it is best to have your own transport!

leopard sri lanka

12. The Untamed Yala National Park

Yala safari is one of the best budget trips in Sri Lanka and loved by nature-lovers. Also known as Ruhunu national park, Yala is the most popular national park in the island of Sri Lanka. The park lies in the remote corner of southern Sri Lanka. Yala features dry zone forest, wet zone forest and thorn bush. Yala is the 2nd biggest national park in the country and travellers are able to spot many rare species of animal such as leopard, elephant, crocodile and bear during the Yala safari.

Transportation: The distance to cover from Colombo to Yala is 260 km and the drive takes around 4 hours. It is necessary to have an overnight stay in a nearby city such as Tissamaharama in order to have the best experience on this trip to Yala.

Accommodation: The options for accommodation in Tissamaharama (the nearest city to Yala national park) are endless. The travellers can find a wide range of accommodation facilities such as dormitories, hotels, luxury boutique hotels, rest houses and guesthouses.

Places to Visit: Yala national park, Bundala national park, Kataragama temple, udawalawe national park.

Travel Calculation: Approx. USD 250

Suggested Duration: 2 Days and Night

Interesting Tips: the best time for the safari is either in the morning or evening. Usually, the afternoon safari starts around 2.00 PM while morning safari starts around 05.00 AM.

13. Breathtaking Nuwara Eliya

By far Nuwara Eliya is the most popular hill country resort in Sri Lanka. It attracts travellers for many centuries mainly due to its healing climate and breathtaking scenery. Nuwara Eliya and its neighbourhood lies well above 1000 meters above sea level and dominated by tea plantations, mountains, patches of forests. There is no other better place to take a glimpse on picturesque cascading waterfalls within Sri Lanka. Everyone is talking about Nuwara Eliya “wasantha Udanaya” which takes place in the month of April, parallel to the flowering season of the city.

Transportation: Nuwara Eliya can be reached within 4-5 hours drive from beaches resorts in the west coast, from Colombo or from Kandy. Nuwara Eliya is a popular city and connected to most major cities with public transport such as trains and buses. If you travel to Nuwara Eliya it is highly recommended to have a train journey, which is the best way to travel to Nuwara Eliya as it allows you to have one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

Accommodation: There is a scarcity of accommodation facilities in Nuwara Eliya, therefore the accommodation cost on the upper side compared to most other holiday destinations in the country. Low supply and high demand make the accommodation cost around 20%-30% higher than most other places in the country. It is best to book accommodation before arriving the city due to the high demand; especially during the peak season (April and November to April), you will not be able to get rooms at the last moment.

Places to Visit: Most places that worth your attention are natural attractions except few Hindu religious connected to Ramayana. Seetha Amman temple, Haggala botanical garden, Victoria Park Gregory Lake, Horton plains national park are some of the noteworthy places in Nuwara Eliya.

How much does it cost this trip: Approx. USD 200 per couple

Suggested Duration: 2 Days and 1 Night

Interesting Tips: Gregory Lake is one of the beautiful places to hang around with many activities for kids as well as for elders. Here you can horse riding, cycling etc. There are many trekking sites around Nuwara Eliya so don’t forget to get a pair of shoes that suit for trekking.

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