Money and Costs
Inflation in Sri Lanka in recent years has meant that it is not as cheap as it used to be, especially compared to other areas of South or Southeast Asia. If you are on a strict budget however then there are a few ways that you can save money such as staying in guesthouses, using public transport, and eating in local cafes.
from $28 per day for solo travelers and $40 for couples.
The currency of Sri Lanka is the Rupee, often just written as Rs. You should note that it is common for businesses to list the price in US dollars although you will be expected to paying rupees which will be converted according to the local exchange rate.
ATMs and credit cards
There are a huge range of banks in big cities and international access ATMs are widespread especially in tourist areas. In more rural areas where you can’t be sure you will find an international access ATM make sure you take enough money with you to cover your stay. International access ATMs will also charge you a fee for using them but are widely considered one of the easiest ways to access money in Sri Lanka.
Money changers are plentiful in big cities and tourist areas although you will get a better rate of exchange if you change money in a bank. High end hotels will also change money for you if you find yourself in need late at night when banks and other money changers are closed.
Credit cards are accepted in major tourist areas in big hotels, department stores, and businesses catering to foreign clients. As such don’t rely on being able to use a credit card wherever you go, but as ATMs are plentiful you should be able to access cash most of the time, making a credit card unnecessary.