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How to Spend 2 Days in Bentota

How to Spend 2 Days in Bentota

With two days in Bentota, you’ll have time to enjoy many of the attractions of this laid-back beach resort. Whether it’s water sports on Bentota Lagoon, exploring the countryside by tuk-tuk or bike, or a whale-watching cruise or game drive, here are our tips for a perfect 48-hour itinerary.

Day 1: Cover Bentota’s Highlights

**Morning:**Admire the sunrise from a kayak on the River Madu, spotting monkeys, snakes, and crocodiles as you paddle and learn about local nature from your guide. Or, get an overview of Bentota and its countryside on a bike, car, tuk-tuk, or convertible VW Beetle tour—visiting temples, markets, and a sea turtle sanctuary.

**Afternoon:**Cruise Bentota’s river mangroves to see tree frogs, bats, and monitor lizards, or go all out for fun on a lagoon water-sports package that includes banana boat and Jet Ski rides. Alternatively, embrace Sri Lanka’s cuisine by learning to create some of its staple curries and side dishes at an outdoor cooking class.

**Night:**Conclude with a sunset stroll along the beach before having dinner under the palms. If you’re a novice or experienced angler, consider booking a night fishing trip on Bentota Lagoon to hook fish such as mangrove jack and mullet, with tuition and equipment provided.

Day 2: Day Trips

**Morning:**Get the most from your second day by catching a full-day tour. Wildlife enthusiasts can hit the seas to see whales or take a safari in Udawalawe National Park, known for its wild elephants. For culture and scenery, consider a day trip to Kandy or Nuwara Eliya, two of Sri Lanka’s beautiful hill-country towns.

**Afternoon:**Continue the day trip you began this morning. Scan the waves for blue whales from a whale-watching boat, or search Udawalawe’s grasslands for elephants, deer, and buffalo. Alternatively, check out Kandy’s sights, such as the Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or Nuwara’s rolling tea plantations and waterfalls.

**Night:**If you’re back in Bentota this evening, take a shopping tour around its malls and markets—having a guide and transport will make finding the best souvenirs easier than if alone. Then, enjoy your last night in style, watching an ocean sunset from a beachside restaurant or bar.

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All inclusive - Private & Custom Kandy tour from Bentota and Beruwela

All inclusive - Private & Custom Kandy tour from Bentota and Beruwela

Spend a day exploring the historical city of Kandy with a guide on this private customizable tour. Depart from your hotel in Bentota or Beruwela and make your way to Kandy, where you can choose to visit a variety of sites. Elect to stop by the Peradeniya Botanical garden, the Temple of the Tooth, Market Square, upper lake drive, and more.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$40.00
From
US$40.00

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
From
US$170.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$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
From
US$300.00
per group
From
US$300.00
per group

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
From
US$45.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$45.00
Price varies by group size

Cycling Day Tour in Bentota

Cycling Day Tour in Bentota

Explore the countryside of Sri Lanka by bicycle and learn about the local lifestyle in the fishing village of Bentota . During an approximate 18-mile (30-km) ride, you’ll pedal past scenic locations with stops at coconut and rubber plantations along the way. Visit Kande Viharaya, a hilltop temple and home to an enormous Buddhist statue. Your 5-hour bike tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, snacks and beverages.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$70.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$70.00
Price varies by group size

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
From
US$100.00
From
US$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
From
US$25.00
Price varies by group size
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US$25.00
Price varies by group size


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