Sri Lanka driving tourists in or out of Ancient Cities
One of the main reason why tourists visit Sri Lanka is to see the historical sites hugely popular as the Cultural Triangle. The cultural triangle consists the places of Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Kandy.
Visiting these sites comes at a price. Entrance to these historical sites is not free and the ticket prices are really high. The lucky citizens of SAARC nations, they are charged only half the price to the regular foreign tourists. The high costs of entrance is driving away few tourists away from these sites. Previously, there was a single ticket to visit all the five mentioned sites that comes at 50 USD, but these kind of tickets are no longer available, and tourists need to buy tickets for individual sites whose prices are expensive.
Entrance fees at these sites :
- The Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy – 1000 LKR
- Dambulla Cave Temple and Golden Temple – 1300 LKR
- Sigiriya – The Lion Rock – 30 USD
- The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa – 25 USD
- Anuradhapura – The Sacred City – 25 USD
All the above mentioned sites have been declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Entrance fee for other notable sites from the world :
- Grand Canyon National Park, USA – 12 USD
- Taj Mahal, India – 750 INR (approx 13 USD)
- The Giza Pyramids, Egypt – approx 12 USD
- Colosseum, Italy – 15.50 Euro
Are they really worth the money?
I cannot answer this question, as every one has there own way of calculating the worthiness. If you are running tight on money and can visit only one place, then Sigirya would be the right choice. If you are going solo along with a tour operator if would cost you more to visit these places. A better option to visit all these ancient sites would be to tour as a group.