Cost of essential items in Sri Lanka

cost of essential items in sri lanka

All prices are approximate and are in Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR)

Food

  • Rice and Curry 120 – 220
  • Kottu : 150 – 300
  • Cup of milk tea 40
  • Cup of plain tea 20

Average Sri Lankan eatery adds a huge amount of sugar to tea. If you don’t like your tea too sweet then you must tell them so.

  • Roll/patty/ cutlet 50
  • Cheese sandwich 90 (at Perera and Sons outlets)
  • Bottle of water 500ml 35, 1 litre 60, and 5 litre 150
  • Egg Rotty with gravy 50
  • Egg Hopper 40
  • String Hoppers (kind of noodles) meal with fish or egg curry 150
  • Sour plantains per kg. 100
  • Banana per kg. 200

Remember these are the average prices of the average eatery. Other places may charge higher but they will show it in their menu.

Sanitary items

  • Soap 55
  • Toothpaste 50 upwards
  • Toothbrush 45 upwards
  • Packet of cotton buds 30
  • Roll of toilet paper 50
  • Pack of serviettes 50
  • Bottle hand wash 150
  • Hand sanitizer 200

Clothes and accessories

  • There is a wide range choose and I cannot give you a general amount as a price. But a swim short would be around 500 and a pair of shorts would be around 800, while a tshirt may be 1200 upwards. 
  • A pair of rubber slippers would cost from 150 upwards at the ordinary shops while the high end shops would sell you similar ones at 1000 upwards.
  • A bath towel would cost around 600.

Electronics

  • Digital alarm clock 150 – 1000
  • Rechargeable Shaver 1000 – 12,000
  • Basic mobile phone with a keypad 1900 – 8000
  • Branded mobile phones usually are sold at their company marked price, and when you buy them from the agents you will get the relevant warranty as well.

Utensils

  • Porcelain cup 100 – 300
  • Vacuum flask 1000 – 5000
  • To-go cup 300 – 800

Stationary

  • Ballpoint/gel pen 15
  • Exercise book 20
  • Paper cutter 50 – 300

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