Enjoy exotic wildlife, palm-fringed beaches and delicious cuisine for less
Fly to Sri Lanka from the UK in around 11 hours, where stunning coastlines, wild forests and a host of exciting day trips await.
If you want to save money on flights and hotels, visit from May to August during low season when you’ll find cheap holiday deals and less crowds.
With year-round sunshine, Sri Lanka offers the ideal climate for lounging on the beach and taking part in outdoor activities with little cash required. You’ll also find a host of wallet-friendly resorts dotted along the coastline, from sleepy beachside towns to vibrant cities and everything in between.
In the leafy town of Bentota, affordable days can be spent strolling along the palm-lined shores and snorkelling in the clear waters teeming with marine life.
Bustling cities like Kalutara and Negombo also offer a host of low-cost outdoor pursuits, with sprawling, unspoilt beaches perfect for an afternoon stroll, roadside markets where you can pick up cheap local produce and historic Buddhist shrines you can visit for free.
Cheap days out in Sri Lanka
The rural village of Waikkal is the ideal base for exploring what Sri Lanka has to offer, with its peaceful palm forests, colonial canals and cabana-lined beaches.
Waikkal is also home to a rustic train station, where you can catch a ride for little money to the upbeat city of Negombo in just 10 minutes, or head to Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital city, Colombo, in just over two hours.
Holidays to the small coastal town of Ahungalla are all about rest and relaxation. When you’re not enjoying the laid-back beach life or cooling off in the hotel pool, there are also plenty of inexpensive attractions within easy reach.
The city of Galle, for example, makes for a fantastic day out with its old fort and lighthouse, colonial houses and local fishermen going about their daily work.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
When it comes to penny-pinching holidays, there are plenty of destinations to choose from.
With reasonably priced resorts, a welcoming dining scene and golden beaches at every turn, Canary Islands is a great choice for a sun-soaked holiday with or without the kids. For culture, Thailand offers a range of affordable day excursions to ancient ruins and historic cities. Or perhaps you want to stretch your budget a little more, in which case the Caribbean provides a selection of competitively-priced holiday deals.
But if Sri Lanka has captured your heart, our travel guide can provide you with lots of handy tips to help you make the most of your budget holiday to this enticing tropical island.
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