This teardrop shaped island at the foot of India is famed for its endless white beaches, ancient ruins, smiling locals, elephants, surfing waves, tea plantations and delicious food. Suggested Daily Budget: 6,698 Sri Lankan Rupees or £30 ($39).
Travelers spend in average £6 ($7) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry), Kukul mas curry (chicken curry), Parippu (dhal curry), Polos (green jackfruit curry), Wambatu moju (eggplant/brinjals pickle).
Backpackers can find beds for really cheap, as low as £2 in hostels. Though if you’re looking for a more comfortable setting, you’ll definitely be able to find some budget hotels for under £20.
Sri Lanka is a haven of lush forests, wildlife and beautiful beaches. There is so much to see on the island that you would need to stay several weeks to make the most of it.
– Wander in stunning Yala National Park – Prepared to be marveled at the sight of the abundant wildlife here. The park is home to 5,800 wild elephants and leopards.
– Catch the train from Colombo to Jaffna – For one of the most scenic journeys you’ll ever take.
– Hike the Ceylon tea plantations – The most popular places to visit tea plantations are Kandy, Ella, Haputale, and Nuwara Eliya.
– Scale the gargantuan boulder of ancient Sigiriya – Sigiriya is a rock fortress and a palace located in the Matale district. This impressive ruin is a World Heritage site surrounded by gardens, ponds and other structures.
– Relax at Unawatuna beach – Located in the south near Galle, Unawatuna is considered as the best beach in Sri Lanka.