As a value for money holiday destination, Sri Lanka ranks very high. Thankfully, you don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to enjoy the varied attractions of our island nation. When travelling Sri Lanka on a budget your Euro or Dollar will go a bit further. After all, there are many value for money options to make your Sri Lanka holidays truly affordable. In fact, food, drinks, transport, accommodation and nightlife can all be toned down to suit your budget. However, for this you will need to do some research online and albeit take some risks.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
Save On Transport, Accommodation and Food
Do you know that the length and breadth of Sri Lanka could be easily reached by using public transport? Obviously, there is a good network of buses and trains to get you to tourist hotspots inexpensively. Another key point is budget hostel accommodation. Surprisingly, many such accommodations have sprung up since of late within tourist areas. Further, as long as you want to cook your own meals there are hundreds of supermarkets scattered in all towns to purchase your needs. Provided you stay in a hostel or any budget accommodation and cook your own meals, you save on costs.
#YohoTip Try to stay surrounding the attractions and travel by foot or cycle exploring the town.
Budget Beach Holiday
You do not need to always look at boutique hotels when hard pressed to enjoy a well-earned vacation in Sri Lanka. Given that you are willing to sacrifice some comforts, there are plenty of budget accommodation to source from. These are mostly centred around popular beach towns.
Once you do some research online on price points, simply book your stay online without involving a travel agent. This way, you are free to plan your own itinerary as per your budget. Surprisingly, if you are lucky you can find accommodation in guest houses, hostels or even homestays as low as $25 night.
Popular Beach Towns
In the south coast Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle and Mirissa are popular beach towns. Closer to Colombo there is the Negombo beach on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a visit to the shores of Passikudah and Kalkudah beaches is an experience in itself. Still, in the shoes of the east coast, there is Nilaveli beach, a coastal beach town to the North of Trincomalee. Additionally, there is Arugam Bay on the southeast coast in the Batticaloa territory.
Plan Your Own Tour Itinerary Online
These days tons of information can be found online. Thus it makes sense to plan your own itinerary. For starters travel on a low-cost budget airline. Once at the Sri Lanka airport (BIA) book a place closer to the airport like in Negombo. After a day settling-in, move to the South coast. After a few days soaking in the sun move to Kandy by train. While in Kandy travel by train to the hill of Ella. This could be a guide to your basic tour itinerary to experience the lowlands and highlands of Sri Lanka without breaking the bank.
Sri Lanka budget travel options include plenty of accommodation in Hikkaduwa by the beach. In essence, Yoho Banja Villa offers comfortable accommodation for those keen to experience a Hikkaduwa beach vacation.