Entrance fees for tourist sites in Sri Lanka

Entrance fees in Sri Lanka

You cannot forget the excursion costs when budgeting for a Sri Lanka tour. For most tours it is a large chunk of your total tour cost. Travellers Isle team hope this entrance fees list will help you when budgeting for your Sri Lanka tour.


A few notes

  • For some attractions the government has advertised the rates in USD. However, you will always have to pay in LKR according to the exchange rate of the day that you visit the site. Since the exchange rate can fluctuate every now and then, we left those entrance fees in USD. (It is best to exchange your money once you arrive in Sri Lanka.)
  • The given jeep safari costs are just to get a rough idea of your expenses. The actual cost will depend on the number of people taking the jeep safari. Usually per person rate for jeep safaris get reduced as the number of travellers increase.
  • Almost all the excursions are free of charge for kids younger than 5 years old.
  • Special site guides are available for Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. There are no fixed rates for guides. Usually guides in Dambulla and Kandy charge about USD 10 - 20 for their services. Guides in Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa sites charge about USD 20 - 40 for guiding sessions.
  • You will have to hire a tuk tuk to reach the Sinharaja rain forest. This will cost about LKR 2500 to 3500.
  • The first class reserved seats on the Kandy to Ella train journey cost $20 USD. The second class reserved seats of the same train journey cost $15 USD. There are no special discounts for children for reserved seat classes.
 Per Adult    Per Child (5 to 12 years old) 
Around Negombo
Negombo fish market Free Free
Muturajawela Marsh LKR 4,000.00  LKR 2,000.00
Around Dambulla
Sigiriya Rock Fortress (50% discount for SAARC countries)  $ 30.00  $ 15.00
Dambulla Cave Temple  LKR 2,000.00  LKR 2,000.00
Pidurangala Rock  LKR 1000.00  LKR 1000.00
Ritigala  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Namal Uyana  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Aukana temple  LKR 700.00  LKR 700.00
Rural village tour (includes a bullock cart ride, catamaran ride and a homemade meal at a house of a villager)  LKR 5,000.00  LKR 2,500.00
Minneriya national park jeep safari  $ 40.00  $ 20.00
Hot air ballooning in Kandalama, 1 - 2 hour flight  $ 250.00  $ 250.00
Around Polonnaruwa 
Polonnaruwa ancient city (50% discount for SAARC countries)  $ 25.00  $ 12.50
Around Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura sacred area (50% discount for SAARC countries)  $ 25.00  $ 12.50
Mihintale  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Isurumuniya  LKR 250.00  LKR 250.00
Wilpattu national park jeep safari  $ 40.00  $ 20.00
Around Kandy
Temple of the Tooth (50% discount for SAARC countries)  LKR 2,000.00  LKR 2,000.00
Peradeniya botanicle garden  LKR 2,500.00  LKR 1,250.00
Traditional Kandyan dance show  LKR 2,000.00  LKR 2,000.00
National railway museum, Kadugannawa  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Gadaladeniya temple  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Lankatilaka temple  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Embekke Dewalaya  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Knuckles trekking  $ 60.00  N/A
Around Nuwara Eliya
Horton Plains  USD 20.00  USD 10.00
Hkgala botanical garden  LKR 2,000.00  LKR 1000.00
Ramboda waterfall  Free  Free
Tea factory visits  Free  Free
White water rafting  USD 20  N/A
Around Pinnawala
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (50% discount for SAARC countries)  LKR 3,500.00  LKR 1,750.00
Millenniyum Elephant Foundation (just entrance)  USD 15.00  USD 15.00
Pinnawala Zoo  (50% discount for SAARC countries)  LKR 3,500.00  LKR 1,750.00
Around Ella
Little Adam's Peak  Free  Free
Ravana waterfall  Free  Free
9 Arch Bridge  Free  Free
Lipton seat  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Around Yala & Hambantota
Yala national park jeep safari  $ 40.00  $ 20.00
Bundala national park safari  $ 40.00  $ 20.00
Ridiyagama safari park  LKR 3,500.00  LKR 1,750.00
Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens  LKR 2,500.00  LKR 1,250.00
Around Udawalawa
Udawalawa national park  $ 40.00  $ 20.00
Elephant transit Home  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Around Deniyaya
Sinharaja rain Forest including guide fee  LKR 1,750.00  LKR 1,375.00
Aound down south coastal areas
Galle Fort  Free  Free
Galle Fort museum  LKR 650.00  LKR 650.00
Maddu river boat ride - per boat  USD 60.00
fish massage  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Kaluthara Temple  Free  Free
Turtle Hatchery visit  LKR 2000.00  LKR 1000.00
Whale watching in Mirissa  $ 60.00  $ 30.00
Mulkirigala Rock temple  LKR 500.00  LKR 500.00
Around Trincomalee / Nilaveli
Snorkeling in Pigeon Island (including snorkeling gear, entrance fee, boat fee)  $ 64.00  $ 32.00
Koneshwaram temple  Free  Free

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