Yep. I love budgets! I have already declared my love for budgeting in a previous post, so for those following along at home I won’t repeat myself for this Sri Lanka Budget. If you need a re-fresher on how I go about compiling my budgets, or you missed our post on month #1’s budget completely, have a quick look here to bring you up to speed.

Sri Lanka Budget: Month #5

We visited Hikkaduwa, Tallala, Udawalawe, Arugam Bay, Baticoloa, Trincomolee, Sigiriya, and Ella.

July 19 to August 16

The exchange rate in September 2016, was 105 Sri Lankan rupees to an Aussie dollar.

Total in Rupees: 317,985

Total in Australian Dollars: $2,792.85

Average per day in Rupees: 9630.53

Average per day in Australian Dollars: $96

The Breakdown:

Hotel

Total in Rupees: 114,822

Total in Australian Dollars: $39

Note: We stayed in a 5 star resort for 2 nights this month. This isn’t our usual style but it Was Shab’s birthday so I decided to do something special. If we remove this large expenditure our hotel spend is reduced to an average of just $17 per day. Because we ate at the resort, our total for meals is also higher than it would normally be.

Meals

Total in Rupees: 126, 683

Total in Australian Dollars: $43

Watermelons at the Fresh Fresh Fruit Market
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Fresh Fresh Fruit Market

Transport

Total in Rupees: 52,750

Total in Australian Dollars: $18

Note: We hired a car for the entire month through Casons Car Rental. They are the cheapest in Sri Lanka and we highly recommend them. This total includes our gas for the entire month as well as the rental fee.

Our Hire Car
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Our Hire Car

Entrance Fees

Total in Rupees: 12,000

Total in Australian Dollars: $106.82

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Our Ghosty Photo at Dambulla Cave Temple

Water and Snacks

Total in Rupees: 9,037

Total in Australian Dollars: $90

Phone

Total in Rupees 4,893
Total in Australian Dollars: $48

Miscellaneous

(We’ve included our laundry, and surf board hire)

Total in Rupees: 9,800

Total in Australian Dollars: $98

Monkeys at Dambulla Temple
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Monkeys at Dambulla Temple

If this Sri Lanka budget looks out of your price range:

Don’t cancel your trip just yet! There are many ways you could save even further if you were a little more determined than us. We definitely blew our budget out of the water with Shab’s birthday stay, you’d easily knock $950 off the total if you stayed at a cheaper hotel and ate more affordable food for 2 days.

We also still spend a lot of money on food overall so if you are a light eater, or make better restaurant choices you will save a tone compared to us on foods. Shab was a bit over curries by this point so local restaurants were off the cards most of the time. (Tara freaking loves Sri Lankan curries by the way). We also need Wi-Fi and comfortable seats when studying, blogging, and editing photos so we often choose a place that’s a bit more expensive so we have the luxury of nice seating and sometimes even air conditioning with our Wi-Fi connection.

Hopefully this Sri Lanka budget helps you guys. Sri Lanka was a definite high light of our trip and we Highly recommend a trip to this little Island.

Planning your perfect Sri Lankan getaway? Check out this post for even more information on backpacking in Sri Lanka.

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