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 220 – 350
  • Kottu : 300 – 450
  • Cup of milk tea 80
  • Cup of plain tea 50

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 100
  • Cheese sandwich 150 (at Perera and Sons outlets)
  • Bottle of water 500ml 50, 1 litre 70, and 5 litre 190
  • Egg Rotty with gravy 100
  • Egg Hopper 70
  • String Hoppers (kind of noodles) meal with fish or egg curry 200
  • 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 65 upwards
  • Toothpaste 70 upwards
  • Toothbrush 55 upwards
  • Packet of cotton buds 100
  • Roll of toilet paper 70
  • Pack of serviettes 70
  • Bottle of 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 beach 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 good size bath towel would cost around 900.

Electronics

  • Digital alarm clock 150 – 1000
  • Rechargeable Shaver 1000 – 12,000
  • Basic mobile phone with a keypad 2500 – 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 40
  • Paper cutter 50 – 300

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