The Only Sri Lanka Itinerary Under INR 30,000 That You Need For A Memorable Vacation

Places to be Covered: Mirissa, Galle, Unawatuna, Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya

Duration: 11N, 12D

Flights (Bangalore - Colombo): INR 10000 for Round Trip

TOTAL EXPENSE: INR 26,399

Daily Budget for 11N, 12D: INR 10,000

Trip To Sri Lanka
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The average daily budget is around INR 860 per day (including accommodation, food, activities and transport).

The budget breakdown here includes all expenses in Sri Lanka, except accommodation. It includes food (not alcohol), activities and transport tickets. The daily budget also excludes the cost of diving, snorkelling, and hiring surfing boards on the beach. 

Food and transportation, in general, are really cheap in Sri Lanka.

While the capital - Colombo - can be a tad expensive, places like Galle, Ella, and Kandy are cheapest in Sri Lanka.

Day 1, 2: Mirissa

Mirissa
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Mirissa, what was a faint old beach town on the Southern of Sri Lanka has risen to be one of the most popular surfing and whale watching destination. The beach town is situated 150 kms south of Colombo and is dotted with palm trees, blue waters and colourful boats adorning the shores.

Mirissa has a beautiful view along by the million things to do over here – Whale watching, Snorkelling, Surfing, Bodyboarding. The city offers the right balance between the calm days and lively nights by the beach.

Travel From Colombo to Mirissa: 

Colombo to Mirissa - INR 295
Train: Fort Station - Weligama by train, 3 hrs

Places to Visit and Things To Do in Mirissa:
Day 1:   

Name

Price

Timings

Mirissa Beach

No

Open 24*7

Whale Watching

INR 2343

6:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Doctor’s House

INR 0 to  INR 1632

 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Parrot Rock

No

Open 24*7 

Day 2:

Name

Price

Timings

Secret Beach

No

Open 24*7

Diving at Secret Beach

No

Open 24*7

Partying at Secret Beach

No

After sunset

Accommodation in Mirissa:

Accommodation in Mirissa
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Mirissa is known for its open beaches and late night party scenes. It's surprising to know that even the cheapest hotels, hostels, or apartments here are located just 100m from the beach. This allows you to enjoy to the fullest without burning a hole in your pocket 

2N in Mirissa: INR 710

1. Bird House Mirissa
INR 355 per night
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2. Falcon Guest
INR 426 per night
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3. The French Code
INR 472 per night
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Day 3, 4: Galle

Galle
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The port city of Galle is situated along the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Primarily known for the famous Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has played a significant role in the country’s lengthy colonial history. Housing innumerable and diverse attractions within its precincts, the Galle Fort is undoubtedly the highlight of the city. The attractions include the Dutch Reformed Church, Old Dutch Hospital, Galle Clock Tower and Galle Lighthouse. 

Travel from Mirissa to Galle:

Mirissa to Galle - INR 220
Drive by car, 2 hrs

Places to Visit and Things To Do in Galle:
Day 3:

Name

Price

Timings

Old Dutch Market

No entry fee.

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Flag Rock

No entry fee.

Before sunset

Dutch Reformed Church

No

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Day 4: 

Name

Price

Timings

Old Gate

No

Open 24*7

Galle Fort Lighthouse

No entry fee.

During sunset

Amangalla Hotel

No entry fee.

Open 24*7

Accommodation in Galle:

Galle
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Galle is undoubtedly Sri Lanka’s most fashionable hotspot. The hotels here follow that theme. With unique places like camping hotels, the hospitality industry surely knows how to set the right mood.

2N in Galle: INR 710
1. Campground Jungle Paradise
INR 355 per night
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2. Hotel Lala's Place
INR 393 per night
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3. Shalona Holiday Home
INR 426 per night
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Day 5: Unawatuna

Unawatuna
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When in Sri Lanka be sure to pay a visit to Unawatuna which is in the southern part of Sri Lanka, 6 km from Galle. Known for its beautiful beaches, hip cafes, trendy restaurants and plenty of sightseeing make Unawatuna an attraction for tourists as well as the locals who are looking for a weekend getaway.

There are many different places which you may choose to stay at while at Unawatuna and there is something available for every budget. However, the main attraction of the place is the famous banana-shaped, golden beach. You can relax, unwind or have a relaxing time at the beach or take a dip in the cold water.

Travel From Galle to Unawatuna:

Galle to Unawatuna - INR 160
Travel by a taxi or an auto.

Places to Visit and Things to Do In Unawatuna:
Day 5:

Name

Price

Timings

Talpe Beach

No

Open 24*7

Sea Turtle Hatchery

INR 195

7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Japanese Peace Pagoda

No

7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Accommodation in Unawatuna:

Unawatuna
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You are likely to find better deals with apartments instead of hotels here, a trend largely followed in the west and taking over the whole of Sri Lanka as well, starting with Unawatuna.

You could either book a private apartment or share it with a friendly stranger.
1N in Unawatuna: INR 483
1. Jungle House Apartment
INR 483 per night
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2. Bird House Apartment

INR 497 per night
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3. Ran Villa

INR 543 per night
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Day 6, 7, 8: Colombo

Colombo
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Colombo is Sri Lanka's prime city. The official capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is also within the urban area of Colombo, so Colombo is often called the capital of Sri Lanka as well. The city has a rich colonial heritage, and also some very scenic and popular attractions.

Colombo is arguably Sri Lanka's most popular tourist destination. The coastal city is a beautiful place to spend a couple of days just relaxing, indulging in the local food, and leisure activities. It has a good collection of attractions to serve just this purpose, like the Galle Face Green, the Beira lake, and the Viharamahadevi Park, which are popular places for picnics and also for you to spend some quality time with your loved one.

Travel from Unawatuna to Colombo:

Unawatuna to Colombo - INR 256
Train, 3 hrs: Galle Station - Fort Station

Places to Visit and Things to Do in Colombo:
Day 6:

Name

Price

Timings

Gangaramaya Temple

INR 117

6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

National Museum of Colombo

INR 390

9:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara

No

8.00 AM - 10.00 AM; 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM

 Day 7:

Name

Price

Timings

Gangaramaya Temple

INR 195

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka

INR 390

9:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

Day 8:

Name

Price

Timings

Beira Lake

No

7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Galle Face Green

No

9:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Independence Square

No

Morning 10:00 AM - 6:.00 PM

Accommodation in Colombo:

Colombo
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 Colombo is known to house some really great accommodation options that also emit some home-away from-home vibe. Spacious and splendidly built, the hotels here also have polite staff, all at a reasonable price but more expensive than other cities in the country.

3N in Colombo: INR 1806
1. Backpack Hostel 44
INR 602 per night
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2. Haven Fort Hostel
INR 710 per night
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3. Colombo Downtown Monkey Backpackers Hostel

INR 852 per night
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Day 9: Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Kandy is a prominent Sri Lankan city found precisely in the middle of the country. A city of both historical as well as religious importance, Kandy is renowned for being the site of the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic, unarguably the most famous among all the temples of Sri Lanka. Kandy is also home to numerous remarkable museums and scenic attractions. Kandy is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 1988.

Travel from Colombo to Kandy:

Colombo to Kandy - INR 65
Bus, 4 hrs: Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal - Kandy Good Shed Bus Station by bus.

Places to Visit and Things to Do in Kandy:
Day 9:
 

Name

Price

Timings

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Adults: INR 546 Children - INR 273

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Giragama Tea Plantation

No

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Spice Garden

No

06:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Temple of the Tooth

INR 585

Sun - Sat 05:30 AM - 08:00 PM

Accommodation in Kandy:

Kandy
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Being the cheapest of them all, Kandy has couples-orientated hotels amidst tropical and tea fringed gardens that fit your budget as well.
1N in Kandy: INR 355

1. Vacation Home Hill Front

INR 355 per night
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2. Blue Mountain View Villa

INR 384 per night
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3. Kandy Holiday Bungalows

INR 426 per night
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Day 10, 11: Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
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Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka's hill station famed for its tea production. With a multitude of gorgeous attractions ranging from waterfalls and tea plantations to gardens and lakes, Nuwara Eliya is the epitome of scenic beauty. Add to that the colonial-style buildings dotting the area, a golf course and the cold climate— and you'll feel like you have entered a world unlike Sri Lanka's iconic landscape; no wonder it is also called Little England.

Nuwara Eliya besides being the most important site for tea production also happens to be overlooked by the Pidurutalagala. This is the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. This city enjoys an extremely temperate climate. Indeed this place happens to be the coolest part of Sri Lanka.

Travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya:

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya - INR 500
Drive 2 hrs: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya by car

Places to Visit and Things to Do in Nuwara Eliya:
Day 10:

Name

Price

Timings

Victoria Park

INR 117

Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sat &Sun: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Pedro Tea Estate

INR 78

8:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Lover's Leap

No

Open 24*7

Day 11:

Name

Price

Timings

Seeta Amman Temple

No

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM ; 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Gregory Lake

INR 7

8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Galway's Land National Park

INR 581

6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Accommodation in Nuwara Eliya:

Nuwara Eliya
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Hotels in Nuwara Eliya are grand. With lush green tea estates covering the city you can not miss the soothing smell of tea no matter where you are staying. Opt for a villa so you can enjoy the hill city’s openness.

2N in Nuwara Eliya: INR 994

1. Sandella Holiday Home

INR 497 per night
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2. Moon Plain Inn

INR 568 per night
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3. Breeze Bangalow

INR 583 per night
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Day 12: Take A Flight Back From Colombo

Plane
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Travel from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo:

Nuwara Eliya to Colombo - INR 65
Bus, 4 hrs: Kandy Good Shed Bus Station - Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal.

Travel Back from Colombo to Bangalore:

The return journey to Bangalore would be around 3 hours of air time. So if you plan on taking a flight in the night time, there’s ample time to plan an outing in the day time. You can visit R. Premadasa Stadium, where the heart of cricket lies in Sri Lanka, enjoy a tranquil lunch and take a tour of the ground.

This post was published by Yash Saboo

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