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 tuktukrental.com.

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), because, at some sights, the fees are based in U.S. Dollars, 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 reserve your tickets online for various tourist attractions in Sri Lanka! Use the link below:


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 purchased separately, a ticket to Lions Rock also covers the museum.
Pidurangala Rock
near Sigiriya
Rs. 1000
Polonnaruwa Ancient City$25
Anuradhapura Sacred Area
includes Jethawanaya and Abhagiriya
Mihintale Sacred AreaRs.1000
Kataragama (museum)
not commonly enforced
Galle Fort Museum Area
not commonly enforced except for the history museum
Jaffna Fort$5
Namal Uyana
Pink Quartz Mountain, near Dambulla
Ritigala Forest Monastery$5
Dambulla Cave TempleRs.2000
Dambulla Museum$2
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
near Dambulla
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
near Maho
Buduruwagala Raja Maha Viharaya
near Wellawaya
Avukana Buddha Statue
near Dambulla
Isurumuniya Temple
Embekke Devala
near Kandy
Helga’s Folly Hotel Museum
Ambuluwawa Temple
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Temple of the Tooth

Kandy (Medawasala)$1
Ramba Rajamaha Viharaya at Ambalantota$2
Cultural Dancing Show (at 5 PM)
at YMBA, Kandy
Cultural Dancing Show (at 5:30 PM)
at Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre / Red Cross building
Richmond Castle
National Railway Museum
Kadugannawa near Kandy
Mulkirigala Rock Temple
near Tangalle
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.2150, max Rs.9,000 for an all-inclusive tour.
Lotus Tower

Nature & Wildlife

Whale (Dolphin) Watching
Galle, Mirissa and Trincomalee
Rs. 15,000 per person
Dolphin (Whale) Watching
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
Ridiyagama Safari Park
near Hambantota
KDN Forest Complex
Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, near Galle
Knuckles Mountain Range
This is only for certain areas of the park, most hikes can be done free of charge.
Pigeon Island
Boat Transfer
Snorkelling gear

Nilaveli -Trincomalee
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
near Kandy
Rs. 2000
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
near Nuwara Eliya
Rs. 1500
Udawattekele Forest Reserve
in Kandy
Rs. 575
Pitawala Pathana
Mini World’s End, Knuckles Mountain Range

National Parks


  • For all of the safariparks, you need to add the safari vehicle surchase of Rs. 500 and a service fee of $8 per group.
  • Jeep rental is between Rs. 7000 and Rs. 8000 for a half-day safari and double for a full-day. 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$35
Kumana National Park
near Arugam Bay
Lunugamvehera National Park$35
Horton Plains National Park
between Nuwara Eliya and Ella
Wilpattu National Park
near Anuradhapura
Minneriya National Park$35
Kaudulla National Park$35
Udawalawe National Park$35
Udawalawe Elephant Transit HomeRs.1000
Wasgamuwa National Park$35
Bundala National Park$35
Maduru Oya National Park$35


Boat HarboursShould be free but they try to charge
Waterworld Aquarium & Bird Park
Kelaniya / Colombo
Hot Air Balloon
1-2 hour flight, near Dambulla
Note: minimum 5 passengers for a flight.
White Water Rafting
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


  • Posted October 10, 2018 11:53 am
    by Ruwini

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

  • Posted January 9, 2019 8:11 pm
    by James

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

    • Posted January 17, 2019 8:09 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted February 12, 2019 2:37 pm
    by Vikflair

    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 ??

  • Posted April 16, 2019 5:09 pm
    by Magdalena

    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.

    • Posted April 20, 2019 2:09 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted June 18, 2019 9:10 am
    by Cristina

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

    • Posted June 26, 2019 5:08 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted September 26, 2019 12:57 pm
    by pradeep

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

    • Posted September 26, 2019 5:04 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted October 9, 2019 9:48 am
    by Bharathi

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

  • Posted October 28, 2019 1:18 pm

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

    • Posted October 29, 2019 9:51 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted November 4, 2019 12:13 pm
    by Nilendra

    Some entrance fees are incorrect. Please update.

    • Posted November 6, 2019 11:54 am
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted November 9, 2019 6:13 pm
    by Ellen

    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?

    • Posted November 11, 2019 10:18 am
      by Wietse Sennema

      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.

  • Posted November 17, 2019 10:22 pm
    by Agnieszka

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

    • Posted November 18, 2019 3:57 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

  • Posted December 7, 2019 4:12 pm
    by Shehani deZylva

    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.

    • Posted December 7, 2019 7:00 pm
      by Wietse Sennema

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

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