Sri Lanka, the mythical island of Lanka. A land where there are rivers and which banks were ruled by demons once upon a time. Country of ancient civilizations, and ancient cities, but also a former colony. Situated on the maritime Silk Road, its shores through centuries were visited by traders and travelers from the Ancient Judea, Rome, Egypt, China… African and Arabian kings and lords traded ivory, gems, spices, and wild animals with it. It is a country of enchanting natural beauties, of white beaches and coral reefs, washed by crystal clear blue waters. Because of its natural beauty, Sri Lanka is often called the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. Explore Sri Lanka with this Sri Lanka beach tour.
On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, a representative of T2 Travels will be waiting to meet and greet you. Afterward, we will start on our journey to Bentota.
Bentota is a town on the estuary of Bentota Ganga River. Once upon a time, banks or “tota” of this river were ruled by a fearsome demon called Ben. Today, the banks of the river and beaches of Bentota are ruled by Beach Activities. This town is the prime spot for watersports of any kind, with inviting white sand beaches and a range of excellent hotels catering to adventure seekers and providing tried and tested infrastructure. In waters around Sri Lanka live almost 500 species of fish, many of them are gracing the waters near Bentota, and with colorful coral reefs make an excellent reason to go snorkeling or scuba diving near places such as the Canoe Rock. At Bentota, you can also surf, wakeboard, jet ski, or have a banana boat or sofa ride. Located on the western shore, Bentota also provides a stunning view of the sunsets. If you are interested more in a relaxing seaside experience, many of the resorts and spas offer to visitors traditional Ayurvedic medicine and wellness treatments.
A direct trip from Bandaranaike International Airport to Bentota typically takes 1 hour and 45 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Bentota, we will embark on a day trip to Galle.
Our first stop on the way is in the town of Kosgoda. Here we will embark on a River Boat Safari on the Madu Ganga River. The banks and islands of this river are characterized by marshy mangrove forests, which are a hotspot of biodiversity and a place of immense beauty.
While we are in Kosgoda, we will also visit the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, the oldest institution in Sri Lanka dedicated to the protection of these magnificent animals. It operates a hatchery, where turtle eggs collected from surrounding breeding areas are placed away from predators and other dangers facing the turtles before they hatch. This way little sea turtle a headstart in their life and a greater chance of reaching adulthood.
Arriving in Galle, we will take a tour of the Galle Fort and it’s beautifully restored colonial-era buildings. This walled fortress was originally built by Portuguese in the 16th century, and expanded by Dutch East India Company in the 17th. Most of the buildings constructed in these times still stand and are a representative example of European architecture in South Asia during the colonial era. Fortress has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest surviving colonial fortress on the island.
A direct trip from Bentota to Galle typically takes 1 hour and 45 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Bentota, we will start our trip to Bandaranaike International Airport.
In the morning we will dedicate some time to some of the available activities and Water Sports in Bentota and then continue on our way.
On our way to the airport, we will pass through the city of Colombo and have a sightseeing tour of the most populous city in Sri Lanka. We will visit some of the most notable landmarks in this city. The Old Fort area that houses many of the beautiful colonial-era buildings, such as the National Museum of Sri Lanka. We will use this opportunity to wander the colorful streets of historical Pettah neighborhood and see the astonishing Pettah Floating Markets. We will pay a visit to Gangaramaya Temple located near the banks of Beira Lake, and also one of the most important monuments in the modern history of Sri Lanka, Independence Memorial Hall, which stands on the spot where, with a special ceremony, in 1948 Sri Lanka’s independence was announced.
A direct trip from Bentota to Bandaranaike International Airport typically takes 3 hours and 15 minutes.
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