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From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

1. From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

Explore Sri Lanka's last remaining virgin rainforest with this private tour with pick up from cities in the Western province such at Colombo, Negombo, Bentota and Kalutara. Benefit from the flexibility of having a personal guide throughout the day that can provide your with facinating cultural information. Relax with a convenient pickup and drop-off service in a climate-controlled vehicle. Get a taste of the land with a local lunch. Spend 4 hours in the rainforest while visiting spectacular waterfalls, summiting Sinharaja's tallest peak, and hiking through the lush rainforest. Admire the jungle trees, orchids, and a large array of bird species.

Colombo: Bentota Beach and River Mangroves and Wildlife Tour

2. Colombo: Bentota Beach and River Mangroves and Wildlife Tour

Take a safari adventure on the Bentota river with this tour from Bentota beach in Colombo. Explore the lush habitats of the river in a powerboat. Learn about your surroundings from a local guide.  Meet your guide at the beach and hop aboard a powerboat. Capture stunning pictures of Bentota beach as you leave the shore. Follow the river through mangroves that provide a rich natural habitat for local wildlife and which help smaller fishing communities to thrive.  Keep an eye out for giant crocodiles, sea eagles, monkeys, snakes, monitor lizards, and graceful egret herons. Relax and connect with this natural setting and immerse yourself in the biodiversity of this unique eco-system. Return to Bentota beach.

Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

3. Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

Head off on a wildlife and nature adventure on a Jeep safari tour in Yala National Park. Keep an eye out for indigenous animals, including sloth bears, jackals, and more. Learn about Sri Lanka's most-visited park from your local guide. After your hotel pickup in Bentota, sit back and relax in your car as you make your way to Yala National Park. The park is Sri Lanka's second-largest wildlife park and an important nature reserve for around 50 butterfly species and many bird species. Upon arrival, embark on your safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Spot other indigenous animals, such as sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, axis deer, buffalos, wild boars, sambar deer, and hares. After the safari, journey back to Bentota to be dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Negombo: Bentota Full-Day Tour

4. From Negombo: Bentota Full-Day Tour

Begin your day at 8:00 AM at Madu River in Balapitiya for a boat safari. For one-hour, journey through the primitive depths of the mangrove marshes. Traverse the dark and dangerous caverns, formed by the thick mangrove forests, interspersed with stretches of bright open water.  The next destination is the Kothduwa Temple. This Buddhist temple is located on the island and is known as the Kothduwa Raja Maha Viharaya. The island is within the Madu Ganga Estuary. Madu Ganga is an archipelago of fifteen different islands and a lagoon. It is believed that a Relic of Lord Buddha was once sheltered in the Kothduwa temple circa 340CE.  Enjoy lunch then visit the Lunuganga Garden. Geoffrey Bawa was one of Asia's finest architects. He passed away in 2003. Lunuganga was Bawa’s country home. It sits in an enchanting atmosphere with glorious views. It is now managed by the Lunuganga Trust. Admire the home’s features and blissfulness. It is now run as a country hotel and the proceeds go to Negombo.

Bentota Water Sports and Galle City Tour from Colombo

5. Bentota Water Sports and Galle City Tour from Colombo

Bentota is situated along the southwest coast of the country, 65 Km south of Colombo. Take a jet ski out on the ocean at super high speeds. Have a great view of the ocean and the beach as you speed through the waves. After, jump onto a tube or banana boat for more thrilling rides. Discover Galle, a city also on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th-century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting the Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. See Galle lighthouse standing on the fort’s southeast tip.

From Bentota: Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla Temple

6. From Bentota: Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla Temple

After getting picked up from your hotel in Bentota or Kalutara, begin the 3-hour journey to the Sigirya rock fortress. Here you will discover the historical and cultural values of ancient Sri Lanka and get to witness the engineering skills and artistic capabilities of Sri Lankan artisans and engineers. Wander through this vast complex and admire the various palaces, pools, gardens, and paintings. Later, head to the Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world. Marvel at the beautiful Buddhist paintings and statues housed in this cave and see for yourself why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, visit a spice garden where you can soak up the aromas of the various traditional spices grown here such as cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. Head back to your hotel in the evening, just in time for dinner.

From Colombo: Galle and Bentota Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour

7. From Colombo: Galle and Bentota Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, or Mount Lavinia at 7:30 AM to drive to Galle and visit the Dutch fort. The fort is a historical, archaeological, and architectural heritage monument. Even after more than 400 years, it remains intact and well maintained thanks to the extensive reconstruction work done by Sri Lanka's archaeological department. Next, you'll visit Ambalangoda, known for its exquisite collection of native masks. Many generations of artisans have carved these beautiful artifacts. Afterwards, drive on to Balaptiva for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you'll take a boat trip on the Madu Ganga River. Discover the unspoiled beauty of the Madu Ganga estuary, a wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean. Finally, you'll visit a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda before heading back to your hotel. Visitors can see the newborn turtles and even be a part of the process of releasing them into the sea!  

Colombo/Negombo: Galle, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa Day Trip

8. Colombo/Negombo: Galle, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa Day Trip

Your tour begins as you are picked up from your Colombo hotel to be transferred to Bentota. Once there you will enjoy some water sports, before taking a river safari down the beautiful Madu River. This river is a wetland estuary spreading over 900 hectares of which 770 hectares are covered with water and inhabited with 64 islands. This boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem, which is a UNESCO-listed site. The area is also protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a pristine mangrove forest. Once having explored the wetlands, you will transfer to Kosgoda to visit a turtle hatchery where you will see various breeds of sea turtles. Lunch at a recommended restaurant will follow before you transfer to Meetiyagoda, where you will visit the Moonstone Mine and workshop. Following the mine, you'll head to Hikkaduwa Beach to visit the Galle Dutch fort, which was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese. It was later extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, and in the modern age has become UNESCO-listed. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, you will transfer back to Colombo.

Bentota: Mangrove Lagoon and River Cruise

9. Bentota: Mangrove Lagoon and River Cruise

Discover local wildlife species along the Bentota River on a boat cruise. Spot a variety of wildlife including possible sightings of crocodiles, lizards, and monkeys along with an abundance of bird species. Board the boat near the bridge of Bentota. At the start of the cruise, pass some of the hotels located along the shorelines. Then, sail into the dense mangroves of the lagoon, home to a vibrant ecosystem. See the twisted root systems of the mangroves and spot various animal species along the shore and under the water surface. Keep an eye out for the river crocodiles who lurk just beneath the water's surface. Look overhead and see species of birds such as kingfishers, eagles, cormorants, or babblers. After exploring the lagoon, cruise back to the starting point to finish your adventure on the water.

From Bentota: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

10. From Bentota: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel before heading to Yala National Park, a nature-lovers paradise.  Visit Yala National Park and explore its 126,786 hectares, Yala is famous for its big herds and large numbers of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species have been recorded here also. Head to the National Park to take an afternoon safari around 1:00 PM. At this time of day, you can see Leopards and Sloth Bears emerge out of the shady jungle and roam around. There are also many excellent spots for birdwatchers. The water holes and tanks are a birdwatcher's paradise, offering the chance to see the famous Peacock dance. For wildlife lovers, Yala is a must-see site in Sri Lanka. Once you've finished the tour, you'll be returned to your hotel in Bentota.

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What people are saying about Bentota

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

We were about 16 hours on the road and looked at something for a maximum of 4 hours. From Bentota, this excursion is quite strenuous. In the botanical we had an hour. That's a little bit of time but it wasn't that nice either. The botanical garden in Kandy should be better. A visit to the tea factory is also superfluous. You will be told a bit about the different types of tea and how they are made. But in the end they only want to sell tea. I would have liked a little hike through the tea fields better. What is definitely worth it are the impressions in the highlands. This is really nice.

Mr.Kosala is a good man and skillful driver. Also, a big thank you to Miss Nirmani for her coordination and effective communication with regards to the arrangement and it's process before the arrival to airport.

We had a private trip to the South coast including Hangunagoda tea plantation and Galle, our guide Ranjitha was knowledgeable and courteous throughout. I would recommend this trip.

The driver Chandana Kurera is a really nice and helpful driver. Highly recommended!

Very good service and great communication with the company!