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With arguably one of the west coast’s finest beaches and a delightfully broad lagoon, Bentota offers a superb range of water sports activities with everything from snorkeling to water-skiing. However, we can help to ensure you also explore the beautiful scenery inland including the lush backwaters and exotic wildlife amidst a rich local culture.

Water Sports - from £20 per person
Bentota is one of the best locations for water sports in Sri Lanka. The calm, sheltered estuary makes an ideal place for - windsurfing, water-skiing, banana-boating and jet-skiing. In Hikkaduwa you can snorkel, swim with sea turtles and take a glass bottom boat trip.
Deep Sea Fishing - from £35 per person
Despite an early morning start Deep Sea Fishing is a fantastic experience. The boats are fitted with a GPS, life-jackets, toilet, cabin and all equipment. Enjoy the best of the catch for dinner that evening. We also offer Lagoon Fishing as a alternative to Deep Sea Fishing from May – October.
Beruwela Harbour - £20 per person
In the early morning Beruwela Fish Harbor is energetic, full of life and rarely visited by other foreign
tourists making it a fascinating experience. Watch both the small boats unloading their nightly catch and larger boats that travel the
seas for months bring home huge tuna, sharks and rays.
Boat Safari - £26 per person
The Bentota River is beautiful and teaming with wildlife. Spend a few hours exploring the mangrove, river
banks and lily clad islands looking for monitor lizards, birds of prey and crocodiles. You may also see the river’s sand digger boats and
hand pulled ferry.
Bentota Bicycle Tour - £32 per person
Explore Bentota at your own pace on two wheels. Peddle through pretty villages and paddy fields to The Virahaya Temple and Lunuganga House and Gardens.
Lunuganga House - £34 per person
Geoffrey Bawa is one of Asia's most influential architects. One of his most striking
achievements is his private home Lunuganga which he fashioned from an abandoned rubber estate. Visit the estate by bicycle, tuk tuk or open top morris minor for a garden tour and afternoon tea.
Turtle Hatchery - £45 per person
Sadly turtle eggs are still eaten in Sri Lanka so supporting the Kosgoda Conservation Centres is very
worthwhile. The projects encourage local fishermen to sell turtle eggs to the center where they can hatch under safe conditions and be released back into the ocean.
Traditional Kayak - £26 per person
A peaceful way to explore the backwaters and wildlife around Bentota is by traditional
fishing kayak. Normally used to catch crab these vessels also make a perfect viewing platform from where to spot birds of prey, kingfishers, monitor lizards and water lilies.
Whale Watching - £60 per person
From Dec - April large numbers of blue and sperm whales can be spotted just 45mins out to sea from Mirissa (30 minutes from Galle).
Galle Fort Tour - £52 per person
Take a guided walk around the Galle Fort with fort residents and authors Juliet Coombe and Daisy Perry. Explore the maze of hidden backstreets, extravagant 18th century merchant houses and meet some local characters.
Catamaran Cruises - from £100 per person
Explore the stunning southern coastline on a private half or full day catamaran charter. You can do some fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkeling off the boat and hopefully spot some dolphins and whales. Soft drinks and breakfast are provided on the catamaran.
Yala National Park - £45 per person
A 3.5 hour drive from Galle, Yala has the second densest leopard population in the world, as well as elephants, wild boar, crocodiles and sloth bears.
Uda Walawe Park - £45 per person
2 hours from Galle, Uda Walawe is a pretty wildlife park and a natural elephant corridor. Although less diverse than Yala, this park is quieter with great bird life and a elephant transit camp.
Stilt Fishermen - Free if lucky
Koggala Boat Safari - £35 per person
Boat trips take you to the small islands on the lake. One of the island has a cinnamon plantation, another has a Buddhist temple and you can visit the Ananda Spice Garden on the third island.
3 Day Bike Tour - from £325 per person
This tour takes you off the beaten track into the beautiful scenery of southern Sri Lanka. Highlights include secluded temples overlooking rice paddies, tea plantations, traditional villages, and fields of cinnamon, rubber, cashew nuts and bananas.
There is only one word to describe Colombo and that is hectic! It can be fun with a handful of good shops and restaurants to explore but we wouldn't overly recommend it as the first point of call for newcomers to Sri Lanka. It isn't a must see. More
Kandy is 3 hours from Colombo and the religious heartland of Sri Lanka. It was made a world heritage site in 1988. The city's main attraction is the Temple of the Tooth, home to Sri Lanka 's most precious Buddhist relic which becomes the focus of a fortnight long festival known as the Perahera each July. Other points of interest include the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Commonwealth Cemetery. More
Originally a fishing town the long beaches of Negombo are nowadays dominated by tourists who like the short transfer times from Colombo International Airport. With a few good hotels, Negombo is a popular jumping off point for visitors but it is by far the most touristy town in Sri Lanka and so may not appeal to everyone. More
Bentota is just 2 hours from the airport and as such has a good range of facilities such as watersports and local restaurants. There are a number of larger hotels along the main beach, but your likely to have the smaller beaches to yourself. The area is ideal for families with elephant rides on the beach, banana rides year round and Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery nearby. More
Hikkaduwa is traditionally a surfer town and so has a number of laid back beachfront bars and restaurants, as well as two of the only discos on the island. We have a few accommodation options in Hikkaduwa and recommend it as a day trip from both Bentota and Galle for the glass bottom boat and chance to swim with turtles in the bay. More
Galle Fort
The Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its Dutch colonial past and makes a great day trip from a coastal villa. It has a real cosmopolitan feel due to boutique gift shops and hotel restaurants, mixed with Moorish, Portuguese, Dutch and British history. It is possible to stay in the fort and definitely fun for a few nights. It is approx 3 hours from the airport.
Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak at 7500 ft high is the most famous physical feature in Sri Lanka and a place of pilgrimage. Sri Lankans come mainly in the month of April to pay their respects to the mountains deity Sumana, while foreigners come to admire the sunrise. The climb takes several hours and is done at night, therefore only suitable for the physically fit. More
Yala National Park
Yala National Park on the southeast tip of the island is the most well known of Sri Lanka 's 15 wildlife reserves. Yala is prime leopard spotting territory, especially in August when the area is at its driest, but it is also home to a healthy population of elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, wild boar, buffalo, jackal and an abundance of bird life. More
Ella has one of the best views in Sri Lanka - through the Ella Gap to the Kirinda Lighthouse on the coast 1000m below. Ella can be reached by road or rail, 7 hours from Colombo. Home to some lovely waterfalls, working tea estates and mini Adam's Peak you can happily spend a few nights in this charming little hill town. More
Home to the Kelani River, Kitugala is a pretty riverside village dedicated to white water rafting, canyoning and kayaking. More
Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay on the east coast of Sri Lanka is a surf paradise, popular with backpackers during the months of April - September. Best avoided in the off season when most of the local businesses close down. More

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