Sri Lanka Budget Tours

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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 find a place to travel. But, your budget may hold you back, but don’t worry even you just have only a few thousands of rupees in your wallet, there is a long list of destinations for a Sri Lanka budget tours, that you can think of.

Sri Lanka budget tours

1. Sri Lanka budget tour to Belihuloya

Recommended duration of Sri Lanka budget tours 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 tours. 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 the 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 tours destination Galle

Recommended duration of Sri Lanka budget tours 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 Sri Lanka budget tours, undoubtedly Galle one day tour is one of the hot favourites; and Galle is a popular destination among the backpackers too. Get lost on 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 tours 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 in 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.

4. Sri Lanka budget tours 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 tours. With proper planning, you can have one of the very affordable Sri Lanka Budget tours 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.

5. Sri Lanka budget tours destination, Rathnapura

Ideal duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Ratnapura and back by bus: LKR 280

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 Sri Lankan food and several international food chains have also opened their branches in Ratnapura.

This will be one of the cheapest Sri Lanka Budget tours. Ratnapura is beautiful hill station located at the foothills of the central mountain range. Ratnapura is the most popular locality in the island for gem industry with hundreds of gem mines to be seen in paddy fields and valleys. Ratnapura is the starting place of the popular Admas peak trek, which is a well-known pilgrimage among the Sri Lankan Buddhists.

A large number of foreign travellers are also making the pilgrimage, not because of the religious significance but due to the magical views that they can have from the pinnacle of Adam’s peak on the surrounding hills, valleys and jungle. One of the most visited temples in the island known as Samana Devala is also located here. Museums, gem galleries, temples, waterfalls, rainforests are among other popular places to visit in Ratnapura. Trekking, mountain climbing are the activities that can be performed in Ratnapura. There is a distance of 31 km to cover from Ratnapura in order to reach the starting point of Adam’s peak trek. Usually, the upward journey starts at around midnight due to 2 reasons.

  1. In order to avoid the heat of the sun.
  2. In order to take the glimpse on the rising sun

Four to five hours trek is on the card for any person who undertakes this long trek. You will finish your trek at the elevation of 2300 meters above sea level. The temperature is low on top of the mountain and prepares your journey with the necessary thing that you needs when it is cold.

7. Haputale destination for a Sri Lanka budget tours

Ideal duration for this Sri Lanka budget tour: 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.

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the mountains, where you can plan Sri Lanka Budget tours. 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. 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.

7. Sri Lanka budget tours destination, 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 the travellers. and the food is affordable.

This is one of the best places to plan Sri Lanka budget tours because it offers plenty 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 tours to Haputale makes a lasting impression on all travellers heading to this beautiful laid back village.

8. Sri Lanka budget tours 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. 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.

9. Sri Lanka budget tours 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 Sri Lanka budget tours. 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.

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10. 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.

So pack your self and join the ride and take in some of the most incredible sights from adventurous white water rafting to religious rituals. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on any of the above-mentioned tours and activities.

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