If you are reading this means you have been toying around the idea of visiting Sri Lanka, maybe under strict budget lines, for quite some time now. Fret not for you have a very simple plan to adapt and set go.
I have set a budget of Rs 30 K for the entire duration inclusive of all and realized that one can finish the trip for lesser than that. We wanted to visit Sigiriya and so, it was prioritized. For the days we planned, we visited Sigiriya, Kandy and Colombo.
Day 1: Departure from MAA at 9.30 am and arrive at CMB (Bandaranayake International Airport, Katunayake) by 10.55 am. After immigration check, proceed towards exit and your vision is entirely dotted by counters offering foreign currency exchange and a few travel agencies offering services for your visit. A day before our arrival, we cancelled our travel package referred by Travel Triangle owing to bad reviews of the travel company and decided to do our own thing. We let go off our advance amount and approached one of the counters (Ayubowan Travels) for transportation and hotel. We sealed a deal for three at $260 from the initial $300.
I, however do not recommend going by travel packages when you go to Sri Lanka. Just for an idea, let me give you a few details that could anyway help you out. Accommodation options were shown and they offered to change hotels if we ask, which they did.
Now, the same cab driver took us to hotel that we pre-booked before arrival just so you can fill some address in the immigration form and visa. We booked a room that has a double bed plus four bunker beds that is ideally a family room with great breakfast for about $28.
On the way, we took a halt at KFC in Colombo which has some great views. A train passed by on the road just when we happened to sit there filling our stomachs. It was indeed a beautiful sight for me as I’ve never seen trams on Indian roads yet.