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How to Spend 3 Days in Bentota

How to Spend 3 Days in Bentota

Sri Lanka’s southwestern resort of Bentota beckons travelers with more than sandy beaches. There’s easily enough to keep you busy for three days, from boat rides on jungle rivers to game safaris, whale-spotting cruises, and tours to historical and scenic gems such as Kandy and Galle. Here’s a 3-day itinerary that lets you pack everything in.

Day 1: Get to Know Bentota

Bentota borders lush countryside and wildlife-abundant rivers, so start by communing with nature at the magical time of sunrise. Board a kayak and glide along the mangrove-flanked River Madu to see birds, monkeys, and other creatures as a guide offers insight and pointers. Alternatively, discover the art of Sri Lankan food on a morning cooking course. Visit an alfresco kitchen and learn to drum up local curries and other dishes to savor for lunch. 

Sightseeing tours are also popular. Choices include village tours by tuk-tuk, car, and open-top VW Beetle—or rural bike rides—to see temples, rubber plantations, and a sea turtle conservation project on the beach. Otherwise, dive into Bentota Lagoon’s water sports. Sample four activities with equipment and instruction provided—taking off on a Jet Ski, tube, banana boat, and mangrove cruise. If you’re interested in angling, instead sign up for a lagoon fishing trip to catch species such as mangrove jack and snapper.

Day 2: Cities and Cultural Gems

Devote your second day to Sri Lanka’s colonial-era and cultural hot spots. Venture south to Galle to admire Portuguese- and Dutch-built Galle Fort—a walled enclave offering cobbled lanes, museums, mansions, and a lighthouse. Or head for Nuwara Eliya, a 19th-century hill town founded as a British summer retreat. Tours typically showcase its colonial-era bungalows, tea plantations, and the nearby Ramboda waterfalls. Another option is Kandy, a former royal capital in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Explore the Temple of the Tooth UNESCO World Heritage Site and other sights such as Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and tea plantations. Whichever you choose, going with a guide gives you the advantage of historical commentary, hassle-free sightseeing, and door-to-door transport from your hotel.

Day 3: Wildlife Watching

Earmark today to experience as much of Sri Lanka’s wildlife as possible. Tour Udawalawe National Park, known for its elephants, by 4WD, or take a safari in Yala National Park in search of leopards, elephants, birds, and monkeys. Alternatively, if you’re here between November and April, consider a whale-watching expedition. Cruises leave early morning from the south coast town of Mirissa to view blue and other species of whales in their natural habitat. Day trips from Bentota include dawn transportation to Mirissa and a boat ticket, so you can skip transport hassles or the need to overnight in the town.

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Day Excursions to Udawalawe from Bentota

Day Excursions to Udawalawe from Bentota

Spend some time with the wild animals of Udawalawe National Park during this full-day, guided excursion. Inside the 230,000-hectare, protected space, some 500 elephants roam free. Hire a Jeep and traverse the park to see deer, mongoose, crocodiles, buffalo, and a multitude of amphibious life. Snap a photo as your guide points out a few of the 50-species of butterfly who call this place home.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$170.00
Price varies by group size
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$170.00
Price varies by group size
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Nuwara Eliya Tour from Bentota

Nuwara Eliya Tour from Bentota

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Get a comprehensive tour of Nuwara Eliya on this full-day excursion from Bentota. With a guide in the lead and a carefully curated itinerary, you'll be sure not to miss a thing in this historically and culturally rich area. Stops include a local tea plantation, the Ramboda Waterfalls, and and scenic drive through Nuwara Eliya's rolling hills. Round-trip transportation from Bentota means you can focus on enjoying yourself instead of puzzling over driving directions.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$390.00
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$390.00
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Yala Safari Day Trip from Bentota & Surroundings - All Inclusive

Yala Safari Day Trip from Bentota & Surroundings - All Inclusive

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Leave left-side driving to the professionals and focus on the wildlife on this private door-to-door tour of Yala National Park. Let your sharp-eyed private driver/guide help you spot animals from herds of wild elephants to wetland birds and maybe even leopards. Along the way, enjoy some of Sri Lanka’s finest beach views, opt to visit a spice garden and/or a moonstone mine, and enjoy a hearty breakfast and lunch.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$190.71
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$190.71
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Coastal Ride to Galle from Bentota

Coastal Ride to Galle from Bentota

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this full-day private tour to Galle, with round-trip transportation from Bentota. This multi-stop tour may be ambitious to undertake on your own, but with a guide in the lead it's easy and relaxing. Explore the Madu River's mangroves and relax on the sand at Unawatuna. Tour the moonstone mines in Metiyagoda and stroll down the cobblestone streets of old city Galle, listening to insightful commentary from your dedicated guide as you travel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Anyone Can Cook - Cooking Lesson

Anyone Can Cook - Cooking Lesson

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Learn to cook a variety of authentic Sri Lankan dishes in this private cooking class perfect for beginners and aspiring chefs looking for individual attention from an instructor. In the intimate setting, you can learn about the rich array of spices and other ingredients that go into the vibrant local cuisine. Plus, see how to create the distinguished flavors that set Sri Lankan cuisine apart.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Bentota Village Tour

Bentota Village Tour

Explore the highlights of Bentota on this guided tour. Depart from your hotel and stop at a turtle hatchery to see the baby turtles. Visit the Big Buddha Temple and learn about its history from your guide. Enjoy a boat safari on the Bentota River before visiting the Lunuganga Estate by the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

Shopping Tour from Bentota Hotels

Shopping Tour from Bentota Hotels

Sri Lanka has been a very famous trading hot spot in the world history. Bustling markets, designer boutiques, modern shopping malls and gloriously kitsch souvenir stalls – whatever your holiday shopping style, Sri Lanka has it covered. The famous High grown Ceylon tea, Blue sapphire and Spices are the unique Sri Lankan products that are very famous amongst the tourists. Shopping in Bentota will be a memorable experience compared to other cities in the country.
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  • 2 hours
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$25.00
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$25.00
Price varies by group size