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How to Spend 1 Day in Bentota

How to Spend 1 Day in Bentota

Set on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast between Colombo and Galle, the beach resort of Bentota offers palm-fringed sands, a lagoon, lush countryside, and mangrove-framed waters rich in wildlife. Here’s how to sample its highlights in one day.

Morning: Discover the Sights

Start the day early by exploring the mangrove-lined River Madu on a sunrise kayak excursion. Paddle the placid waters as you watch for birds, monkeys, and lizards in the dawn light, with a guide on hand to provide navigation and commentary. If you prefer to stay on dry land, catch a village or countryside tour—getting to know Bentota by car, tuk-tuk, open-top VW Beetle, or bike. Sights and routes vary, but tours typically include a visit to a turtle hatchery to see the local work being done to protect endangered sea turtles and stops at temples, markets, rubber farms, and coconut plantations. 

Afternoon: Spice Things Up

Dedicate this afternoon to fun or food. Bentota Lagoon offers the ideal conditions for water sports, so book a package that includes a ride on a banana boat or tube, use of a Jet Ski, and a mangrove boat trip, all with equipment and instructions included. Alternatively, sign up for a Sri Lankan cooking class. Working in an outdoor kitchen, get the lowdown on the island’s spices, and prep a selection of local curries and vegetable dishes with hands-on guidance from a local chef.

Night: Lagoon or Shopping Trips

As evening beckons, enjoy a shopping spree in Bentota and nearby Aluthgama. A private tour frees you from having to haggle with cabs or tuk-tuks and lets you browse for souvenirs such as gemstones and homegrown tea without worrying about how to get back to your hotel in time for dinner. If you’re feeling more energetic, finish with a final fix of adventure. Take a lagoon boat ride to see water monitors and crocodiles as the sun sets, or head onto its waters on a night fishing trip to catch mullet, snapper, and catfish.

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Bentota River Safari

Bentota River Safari

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Bentota River Boat Safari is organized by Bentota Travel Mart ( BTM ) for the travelers who are in Bentota, Induruwa, Kosgoda , Ahungalla, Balapitiya, Ambalangoda, Aluthgama, Beruwala, Maggona, Kalutara, Waskaduwa and Wadduwa areas and free pick-up & drop-off are included from these areas. If you are looking to gain a unique experience of lagoon safari witnessing mangroves and some rare animals including crocodiles, Bentota River Safari is the best activity in Bentota. Key Points: • River Safari can be started at any selected times between 7.00am & 4.00pm. • Duration: 2 Hours • Spend some time in the nature exploring the third largest river in the Island. • Observe wildlife in their natural habitats such as Water Monitors, River Birds include kingfisher, bee-eater, egrets, eagles, fruit bats, cormorants, Monkeys and maybe even a rare crocodile...etc •Relax onboard and take in the beautiful views of the mangrove This is an All Inclusive Package & No Hidden Costs.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00
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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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Lagoon Fishing in Bentota

Lagoon Fishing in Bentota

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Take advantage of Bentota Lagoon’s rich fishing grounds on this private fishing excursion from various Sri Lanka southwest coastal resorts. Forget the fuss of organizing your own boat charter and guide, and enjoy a prearranged trip which includes hotel transfers, fishing instructions, and equipment. Choose a morning, evening or night trip, sail the lagoon to troll and bottom fish at prime locations, and if you’re lucky with catches, ask your guide about getting them cooked for dinner (additional cost).
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  • 3 hours
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$65.00
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$65.00
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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
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$95.00
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Price varies by group size