Ever wondered what the price was of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa Ancient City, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Anuradhapura Sacred Area, Whale Watching or a National Park Safari in Yala or Udawalawe? Here is the most comprehensive list of pricing to the most common and popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

To make it as easy as possible for you to plan your holiday/vacation/trip to Sri Lanka, but also to be sure you pay a fair price, we made this list of prices per attraction.

Please note the content is crowdsourced through various online channels and customers who hire a tuktuk from TukTuk Rental.

Price changes happen and we maybe are not up to date, please comment below if you are aware of any updates!

  • Prices are either mentioned in $ (USD) or Rs (LKR), this because at some sights the fees are based in U.S. Dollar, but you always pay in Rupees (LKR) according to the current conversion.
  • At many main sights, citizens of SAARC countries receive a 50% discount!

Reserve tickets online for attractions in Sri Lanka

You can now also reserve your tickets for various tourist attractions in Sri Lanka online! Use the link below:

https://eservices.ccf.gov.lk/eticketing/landing

The easiest way to get yourself to all these amazing attractions is to book your very own tuktuk!

Culture & Museums

Sigiriya Lions Rock$30
Sigiriya Museum
if done separate, ticket to Lions Rock also covers the museum
$5
Pidurangala Rock
near Sigiriya
Rs. 500
Polonnaruwa Ancient City$25
Anuradhapura Sacred Area
includes Jethawanaya and Abhagiriya
$25
Mihintale Sacred AreaRs.1000
Kataragama
not commonly enforced
$5
Galle Fort Museum Area
not commonly enforced except for the history museum
$5
Namal Uyana
Pink Quartz Mountain, near Dambulla
Rs.500
Ritigala Forest MonestryRs.200
Dambulla Cave TempleRs.1500
Dambulla Museum$2
Avukana Buddha Statue
near Dambulla
Rs.1000
Isurumuniya Temple
Anuradhapura
Rs.250
Embekke Devala
near Kandy
Rs.300
Helga’s Folly Hotel Museum
Kandy
$3
Ambuluwawa Temple
Gampola
Rs.300
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Temple of the Tooth

Kandy
Rs.1500
Cultural Dancing Show (at 5 PM)
at YMBA, Kandy
Rs.1000
Cultural Dancing Show (at 5:30 PM)
at Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre / Red Cross building
Rs.1000
Richmond Castle
Kalutara
Rs.100
National Railway Museum
Kadugannawa near Kandy
Rs.500
Mulkirigala Rock Temple
near Tangalle
Rs.500
Traditional village excursion (e.g. Sigiriya)
The price depends on which component you take: Bullock cart ride, lake trip in a fishing canoe, village lunch with cooking instruction
Rs.1000 to Rs.1500 per component, max Rs.4,500 for an all-inclusive tour.

Nature & Wildlife

Whale (Dolphin) Watching
Galle, Mirissa and Trincomalee
Between Rs. 3000 and Rs. 7000 depending on the boat
Dolphin (Whale) Watching
Kalpitiya
Around Rs.1900, plus Rs.1280 tax for entering the sea nature reserve.
Riverboat trip
Balapitiya, Bentota, Dodanduwa / Hikkaduwa, Koggala, Negombo and other river deltas, lakes and lagoons (per boat for about 1,5 hours)
Between Rs.1500 and Rs.4000
River-delta Boat Trip
Maadu Ganga, Balapitiya: visit a fish farm, spa bath with ‘nibble fish’ and picture with a baby crocodile
Rs.300 pp
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Tracker (guide) is now included
(one per group); extra tip is welcome
$15
Ridiyagama Safari Park
near Hambantota
Rs.2500
KDN Forest Complex
Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, near Galle
Rs.575
Knuckles Mountain Range
This is only for certain areas of the park, most hikes can be done free of charge.
Rs.630
Pigeon Island
Boat Transfer
Snorkelling gear

Nilaveli -Trincomalee
Rs. 1450
Rs. 1500
Rs. 250
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
near Kandy
Rs. 1500
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
near Nuwara Eliya
Rs. 1500
Udawattekele Forest Reserve
in Kandy
Rs. 575
Pitawala Pathana
Mini World’s End, Knuckles Mountain Range
Riverston/Matale
Rs.600

National Parks

Notes:

  • For all of the safariparks, you need to add stamp fees per person/vehicle (except for Horton Plains) this is about Rs 1,000 per person if the vehicle shared by two people.
  • Jeep rental is between Rs.3500 and Rs. 5000 for a half-day safari. Surcharges apply for larger distances between pickup location (e.g. your hotel) and park (e.g. Kumana National Park) or parks with huge internal road distances (e.g. Wilpattu National Park)

To see the real-time safari traffic (amount of jeeps per park), check out the website of the Department of Wildlife Conservation Sri Lanka: http://www.dwc.gov.lk/?page_id=412

Yala National Park$15
Kumana National Park
near Arugam Bay
$15
Lunugamvehera National Park$15
Horton Plains National Park
between Nuwara Eliya and Ella
$15
Wilpattu National Park
near Anuradhapura
$15
Minneriya National Park$15
Kaudulla National Park$10
Udawalawe National Park$15
Udawalawe Elephant Transit HomeRs. 500
Wasgamuwa National Park$10
Bundala National Park$10
Maduru Oya National Park$10

Others

Boat HarboursShould be free but they try to charge
Waterworld Aquarium & Bird Park
Kelaniya / Colombo
Rs.800
Paramotoring
Bentota
Rs.9000
Hot Air Balloon
1-2 hour flight, near Dambulla
Note: minimum 5 passengers for a flight.
$195
White Water Rafting
Kitulgala
minimum 4 people
Between Rs.1500 and Rs.4000 per person.

Please comment below if prices are incorrect or you would like to add an attraction! Thank you.

prices of entrance fees of popular tourist attractions in sri lanka

24 Comments

  • Ruwini10 October, 2018 - Reply

    The rates published for Hakgala and Peradeniya Botanical Garden (SAARC) is in correct.
    Its 1500 for all foreign travelers

    • Wietse Sennema17 January, 2019 - Reply

      Thanks, have updated!

  • James9 January, 2019 - Reply

    Recently went to Polonnaruwa. The entrance fee has gone up and was 4600 LKR – very pricey!

    • Wietse Sennema17 January, 2019 - Reply

      Ah yes, it’s $25 which is now 4600LKR. Have removed the LKR prices as they fluctuate too much 🙂

  • Vikflair12 February, 2019 - Reply

    Hi all, may I know if any of these entrances such as Botanical gardens in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, monuments of sigiriya and dambulla, and temple in Kandy etc … are tickets available online ??

    • Wietse Sennema14 February, 2019 - Reply

      Unfortunately not 🙁

  • Magdalena16 April, 2019 - Reply

    Hello 🙂 I would like to ask if it is possible to pay the entrance fee to the National Parks ( Minneriya in particular) in USD? or just in LKR? I can’t find such information anywhere, so it would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

    • Wietse Sennema20 April, 2019 - Reply

      Hi Magdalena, unfortunately not. The prices are often mentioned in USD but can only be paid in LKR.

  • Cristina18 June, 2019 - Reply

    Do you know if you can pay the national parks with credit card? VISA, MasterCard or American Express?

    • Wietse Sennema26 June, 2019 - Reply

      Hi Cristina, unfortunately not. CreditCard facilities are not available at the sights.

  • pradeep26 September, 2019 - Reply

    hi sennema.what about the ticket prices for child under 10 years.

    • Wietse Sennema26 September, 2019 - Reply

      As a general rule, children pay 50% of the normal ticket price.

  • Bharathi9 October, 2019 - Reply

    Hi..Is there any price reduction in entrance fees at tourist sites for people from SAARC countries..?

    • Wietse Sennema29 October, 2019 - Reply

      There is! I believe its 50% 🙂

  • DIPA MAITY28 October, 2019 - Reply

    Is this price same for Indians. I heard there is some discount for Indians.

    • Wietse Sennema29 October, 2019 - Reply

      Yes, there is a discount for SAARC countries. I believe its 50%!

  • Nilendra4 November, 2019 - Reply

    Some entrance fees are incorrect. Please update.

    • Wietse Sennema6 November, 2019 - Reply

      Great for letting us know! Can you please let me know which ones and what it should be? That would make it easier 🙂

  • Ellen9 November, 2019 - Reply

    Can you drive trough all the national parks by tuktuk? What parks can you drive trough and what parks can’t you drive in? What are de policies?

    • Wietse Sennema11 November, 2019 - Reply

      The three main national parks you can drive through are Wilpattu, Madura Oya and Yala. Policies, in general not only in the national parks, is not to feed wildlife and of course keep your distance.

  • Agnieszka17 November, 2019 - Reply

    Do the children (10 years old) have discounts for example to Anuradhapura or River safari?

    • Wietse Sennema18 November, 2019 - Reply

      There are kids discount, not sure which sights, the amount or the age!

  • Shehani deZylva7 December, 2019 - Reply

    This web page has been very helpful for tourists and tour guides/ companies as well. I would like to suggest for a separate column for SAARC Visa.

    • Wietse Sennema7 December, 2019 - Reply

      Thanks, have added a note mentioning the 50% discount for SAARC countries.

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