In this Traveler Article and Top Question it is attempted to summarise the main tourist attractions in the Island and their current prices. For those attractions reachable as day trip from the beach areas, see another Top Question: Possible Day Trips from Beach Areas

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The meaning of the various groups of attractions is explained in headings before them. The meaning of the colums is:

  • Normal Tourist Price (USD): prices fixed in USD. One can not pay in dollars but it means that the price expressed in USD is stable whilst the price in LKR rupees can change every few months depending on exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Normal Tourist Price (LKR): the currently known price to pay on the ground, in rupees
  • SAARC Tourist Price (LKR): the price to pay if one can show an identity card/passport of such a country. SAARC consists of Maldives, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Afghanistan – note that for attractions, unlike with some hotels, China is not included in the ‘SAARC+’ rate and Chinese people generally need to pay full tourist price. If mentioned ‘n.a.’then SAARC people pay same price as all other tourists.
  • Note that many sites have childrens prices too, often half of adult prices, but the age limit varies and these prices aren't listed; they would make the list too complicated anyhow as again it would be half of normal and of SAARC price

Finally every attraction also has a price for locals, including foreigners with a permanent residency visa. The official reason for the different price levels is not only comparative income but also the needed investment in more expensive facilities for tourists, e.g. toilet facilities and rain shelters.These are not mentioned here as generally spoken they are ‘peanuts’, in the range of 50-100 rupee. Except for sights like whalewatching with high operating cost per extra passenger, but even then locals pay far less than tourists.

 

Attraction

Normal price (USD)

Normal price (LKR)

SAARC price (LKR)

Culture and museums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sigiriya Rock

30

3900

1950

Sigiriya Museum (if done separately, ticket to Rock also covers Museum)

5

650

325

Polonnaruwa Museum Area

25

3250

1625

Anuradhapura Sacred Area (includes Jethawanaya and Abhagiriya )

25

3250

1625

Mihintale sacred area

 

500

250

Kataragama

(Not commonly enforced)

5

650

325

Galle Fort museum area

(Not commonly enforced except for the history museum itself)

5

650

325

Namal Uyana

 

500

n.a.

Ritigala

 

FREE

But staff thinks otherwise, only benefitting their own pockets. And has the reputation to get physical on your vehicle if you don't pay, hence either pay around Rs 1000/person or leave the driver/guide behind at the vehicle instead of him guiding you through the place :-(

 

Dambulla Golden Temple

 

1500

n.a.

Dambulla Museum

2

250

n.a.

Aukana

 

250

n.a.

Isurumuniya

 

250

n.a.

Embekke Devala, Daulagala (Kandy area)

 

300

n.a.

Helga's Folly museum-like Boutique hotel tour, Kandy

3

400

n.a.

Ambuluwawa mountain monument, Gampola

 

300

n.a.

Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

 

1000

500

Cultural Show at YMBA, Kandy (5PM)

 

500

n.a.

Ditto at Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre (5:30 PM)

 

500

n.a.

Richmond Castle, Kalutara

 

100

n.a.

 

 

 

 

Nature and wildlife

 

 

 

Whale watching in Galle, Mirissa and Trincomalee

Prices vary per company, between USD 60 and USD 100

 

n.a.

River boat trip Balapitiya, Bentota, Dodanduwa/Hikkaduwa, Koggala, Negombo and other river deltas, lakes and lagoons (per boat for 90 minutes)

 

Between 3000 and 4000

n.a.

Rafting at Kitulgala

 

Varies per company, between 3000 and 4000 per person but raft needs minimum 4 passengers

n.a.

Yala Safari Park (Blocks 1, 2 and 5 aka Kumana-Yala East)

15 ++ (see below)

1960

n.a.

Horton Plains park

15 +

1960

 

Wilpattu

15 ++

1960

 

Minneriya

15 ++

1960

 

Udu Walawe

15 ++

1960

 

Udu Walawe Elephant Transit Home

 

500

 

Wasgamuwa

10 ++

1300

 

Bundala

10 ++

1300

 

Maduru Oya

10 ++

1300

 

Kaudulla park Habarana

10 ++

1300

 

Note the “+/++”:

For all of these safari parks add stamp fees etc. per person and per vehicle - the latter except Horton Plains. For the safari parks extra cost generally around Rs 1,000 per person if vehicle shared by 2 persons.

Also add jeep rental: generally Rs 5,000 for a halfday safari. Surcharges on the jeep price for large distance between tourist pickup point and park (e.g. Kumana) or parks with huge internal road distances (e.g. Wilpattu)

 

 

 

Sinharaja Man and Biosphere Reserve

 

575. Strongly recommended also to hire tracker (guide), Rs.500 per party to be guided. Some staff insist it's an amount (Rs 350) per _person_ leading to much higher fees, ignore them.

n.a.

Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya (KDN), near Galle

 

575

 

Knuckles Range, near Kandy

 

575

 

Pigeon Island reserve, Nilaveli-Trincomalee

 

1450

 

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

 

1100

550

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

 

1100

550

Pinawela Elephant Orphanage

 

2500

1250

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinawela

(Basic entrance price, excludes extras like elephantback ride or assistance in bathing)

 

1000

n.a.

Waterworld Aquarium & Bird Park, Kelaniya/Colombo

 

500

n.a.

Paramotoring at Bentota

 

9000

 

Habarana elephantback ride (1 hour, per elephant allowing 4-6 persons)

 

3500-4000

 

 

 

As always in TA, corrections and other feedback welcome!