Sri Lanka remains one of the cheapest destinations in the region and one can live easily and comfortably in the country. Since the Sri Lankan rupee exchanges at about 150 LKR for one US$, foreigners are at an advantage.
If your wondering how much it costs to live in Sri Lanka for a month, it really depends on where you live. The cities are quite costly based on Sri Lankan standards, but is not so for foreigners who bring in dollars.
Accommodations in Sri Lanka
Accommodation within the heart of a city remains costly and Colombo is one such place where the monthly rent of a small house could be as much as 75,000 to 85,000LKR. This comes down drastically in the suburb areas and one can find a decent 3 room house for about 35000 LKR. One needs to keep in mind though, that if you rent for a longer duration, there is generally a security deposit of at least 3 months taken by the land lord.
If you are on vacation for just a few days, you can select a hotel according to your budget. This can be done through the major booking sites. In Colombo you could find accommodation at a 5 star hotel for about 30,000 LKR while there are also budget hotels offering rooms for about 5000 LKR per day.
Food in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the cheapest places in the world. When it comes to food, there is a huge variety from upscale restaurants to road side stalls and huts. A meal for two would come at a cost of about 4000 LKR at a decent hotel, while you can even purchase a 100 LKR rice packet on a way side stall. This is not so recommended for a foreigner due to hygiene problems. At a normal restaurant by spending about 500 LKR you would be entitled for a good tasty meal.
By having about 50,000 LKR you can cover your monthly personal expenses for your daily needs. Public transport is cheap to travel in with train tickets been one of the cheapest. The ticket between two close railway stations could be as low as 10 LKR. Always opt for metered taxis when you travel as bargaining could be an issue and you may be over charged.
Clothing in Sri Lanka
Clothing is quite cheap compared to other countries and the local brands cater good quality clothes at cheap prices. For example a men’s T- shirt could be bought for about 1000 LKR and a dress for about 1200 LKR.
While on holiday, the tourists would have to pay at historical sites, zoological & botanical gardens and museums. The ticket pricing is about 10 times higher than for the locals, but still cheap at around 500 LKR. The Buddhist temples are a must visit and there are no entry charges.
Other Costs in Sri Lanka
If you are into other entertainment activities like movies, you can have a movie ticket for about 500 LKR and a theatre ticket for about 1000 LKR depending on the place where you are visiting.
Health facilities are free of charge in government hospitals with free medication too being issued. The government hospitals though carry long queues and waiting. Private consultation with a doctor could cost about 750 LKR with some medication provided.
Sri Lanka thus remains one of the cheapest and most exotic travel destinations in Asia.
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