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17 BEST PLACES TO SEE IN COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR

17 BEST PLACES TO SEE IN COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR

Sri Lanka has been popular around the world not only for the dynamic cultural and historical offerings, but also, for the natural resources, infrastructure, and ability to accommodate relatively a large high number of tourists. Colombo is the commercial hub of Sri Lanka and Bentota beach is the most attractive beach holiday destination in Sri Lanka. Therefore, Colombo Bentota package tour is in the bucket list of most foreign traveller as it allows them to witness the vibrant city life of Colombo and enjoy the pristine beaches on the western and south coast in one trip.

17 PLACES TO SEE IN COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR
Colombo lotus tower, the tallest building in southern Asia

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR?

Colombo and Bentota tour is a short program (5 days Sri Lanka tour itinerary), however, it is not lack of interesting activities and places to visit. This 5 days Sri Lanka tour allows the travellers to explore 2 of the most important tourist attractions on the island, Colombo and Bentota.

This is a perfect opportunity to see the vibrant city of Colombo while exploring the pristine, isolated and calm beaches towards the latter part of the trip. This tour package includes a sightseeing tour of Colombo, sightseeing tour of Bentota and leisure on a beach resort. During the Colombo sightseeing tour, the guests are visiting many historical monuments, museums, temples and do some shopping.

Last 3 days of the Sri Lanka trip includes many interesting places in southern Sri Lanka. Tour to Galle fortress, Hikkaduwa beach, Unawatuna beach, sea turtle conservation centre is included in this Sri Lanka land tour package. The traveller will take part in a whale-watching boat trip from their hotel in Bentota.

colombo sightseeing tour
Colombo beach

COLOMBO

The south Asian tropical island, Sri Lanka (about Sri Lanka) has a fascinating blend of natural and man-made holiday attractions. The island’s economic hub, Colombo (Colombo city tour) has an interesting mix of colonial splendour and modern bustling city life.

Recently the city authorities have embarked on an ambitious program of upgrading Colombo into the so-called “the garden city of Asia” or city with a substantial green cover. The city of Colombo had been recognized as a Ramsar wetland city due to its extensive wetland cover that crisscrosses within its borders.

A large improvement of the forest cover of Colombo can be witnessed in Colombo today and the city is consisting of parks, walking trails and playgrounds with an extensive green canopy. And the capital of the island, Sri Jayewardenepura is boasted to be a calm, quiet and beautiful green city. Here are the top five tourist places near Colombo.

Colombo, a vibrant city offers many possibilities for travellers. The city harbours a large number of interesting places, therefore visiting Colombo is in the bucket list of most foreign travellers. Colombo is also the business bub of Sri Lanka and the bustling city harbours most important offices for various business, trade and tourism activities. Colombo is a cultural melting pot, where many religious and ethnic groups rubbing their shoulder each other. Colombo is modern, but it is still a place to discovers Sri Lanka’s heritage and culture.    

Colombo is most popular among travellers as a city with rich colonial heritage and modern development. There is a large number of cultural and historical tourist places near Colombo and most travellers visit them. But, virtually none of the travellers who visit Sri Lanka for holiday are aware of the natural tourist places near Colombo. One question most travellers ask us is, are there any natural tourist places in Colombo? The answer is “YES”. Following are the top four tourist places near Colombo.

  • Beddegana Wetland Park
  • Diyasaru Wetland
  • Kolonnawa Wetland
  • Talangama Tank
  • Viharamadevi park
light house colombo
Colombo lighthouse

HOW TO EXPLORE COLOMBO

Racing through Colombo on your foot is a part of the Colombo city tour. Because some of the secret corners of Colombo cannot be accessed you your vehicle. Perhaps there is a well-developed road network, where you like to explore but is it tightly packed with sellers and shoppers. E.g. Pettah open market, don’t think of racing through the packed streets during the day. It will be an endless journey and you will make a snaillike journey.

You will be doing a walking tour through the beautiful city and busy areas such as Pettah on your foot. Afterwards, hop in a tuk tuk and drive a few kilometres to the car park, where your luxury car awaits you. The rest of the Colombo city tour is a hop in and hop off gliding through the city.

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT PLACES SEE IN COLOMBO?

  1. Pettah Colombo (Market area)
  2. Townhall
  3. Vihara Mahadevi
  4. Dutch hospital precinct
  5. Museum
  6. Independent memorial hall
  7. Galle face
  8. Gangarama temple
  9. Wolvendaal church
  10. Lighthouse/clock tower
Places to visit in Hikkaduwa and 4 other beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka
Pristine beaches on the west coast

BENTOTA

Sri Lanka is a popular beach holiday destination and beaches on the island can be used for year-round beach holidays but depending on the time of the year you travel, it could be either south-west coast, West coast or East best suited for your holiday.

Beach lovers particularly flock to Bentota beach and other Sri Lanka beaches resorts in the west and southern coast seeking for sun, sea and sand during the winter season in the northern hemisphere. Beaches of east coast such as Nilaveli, Passikudah come into fore as a destination for beach holidays, from April to November, when it has a dry climate with less rainy days.

Light blue, translucent, warm salty waters of the Indian Ocean are the essence of Bentota beach holidays, on the west coast. Bentota beach is a strip of land surrounded by crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the less salty water of Bentota River.

The Bentota beach of Sri Lanka is simply stunning, and fabulous restaurants with delicious sea-food are plenty. Along with exploring the beaches, which is one of the best things to do in Bentota, there are so many other things to do in Bentota like rainforest exploration, visiting wildlife reserves, visiting cultural and historical sites, boating.. and so much more.

Today Bentota beach attracts a large number of foreign tourists and capable of serving any type of budget. Bentota beach shows a noteworthy contrast as a beach holiday destination against Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna. Simply because Bentota beach popular as a luxury beach holiday destination and most hotels in Bentota serves the rich clientele.

Mirissa beach sri lanka
Bentota beach

WHERE IS BENTOTA

Bentota beach, located in Sri Lanka west coast is a heaven for nature lovers, where they can experience rich bio-diversity, coral reefs, dolphins, whales, turtles, mangroves, iguanas, an immense array of tropical bird species. Bentota beach had spurred a huge development in the past and it had become a full-blown beach holiday destination in the country.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO SEE IN BENTOTA?

  1. Palm-fringed beaches
  2. Madu River estuary
  3. Mirissa
  4. Sea Turtle conservation centre
  5. Mask Museum of Ambalangoda
  6. Galle Fort
  7. Kande Vihara Buddhist temple

HOW TO BOOK COLOMB BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR?

There are many options to book Colombo, Bentota package tour. The tour package can be booked via online booking portals. I have seen many similar kinds of tour packages online.

The tour package can be booked via local tour operators, which is most reliable away of booking a tour to Sri Lanka. When you book the tour directly with the local tour operators, you are able to get the best price for the Sri Lanka tour package, because you can eliminate the high commission (25%) charge by the booking portals.

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HOW LONG COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR LASTS?

The Colombo Bentota package tour offered by Seerendipity tour lasts 5 days (4 nights), however, this is a private tour and it can be tailored to specific requirement. This Sri Lanka package tour allows you to explore Colombo and Bentota with leisure. The tour includes many interesting places and it is necessary to have plenty of time to explore them in details.

The same tour available in short versions E.g. the guests can explore Colombo and Bentota in 2 days trip. The same tour package also available as 3 days and 4 days tour packages.

WHAT TIME THE COLOMBO BENTOTA TOUR STARTS?

The tour starts from Colombo at 08.00 AM and tour starts from Colombo city hotel or the airport. However, the pick-time and location are flexible as it is a private tour. E.g. if you land early morning at the airport of Colombo we can arrange the pick up from the airport early morning. However, the guest is not able to check-in the hotel until noon. 

WHY COLOMBO BENTOTA TOUR SO POPULAR?

The tour package has a perfect balance of city life and leisure. The guests are able to do shopping, casinos and same times visit interesting places in one of the most popular cities in Asia. Towards the end of the trip, the travellers are able to enjoy the sun, sea and sand in one of the best beach resorts in Asia, Bentota.

Madu River estuary

WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE?

  1. Beach hopping
  2. Whale watching
  3. Boating
  4. Visiting historical monuments
  5. Visiting museums
  6. Walking tours

COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR ITINERARY (500)

DAY 1 OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR AIRPOT-COLOMBO

Meet and greet by Seeredndipity tours representative at the airport and drive to the hotel in Colombo, Check-in the hotel and leisure. Later in the day you are able to explore the city your own or have leisure at the hotel. The tour includes 2 nights in Colombo.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Colombo

Turtle Beach Sri Lanka
Green turtles

DAY 2 OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR COLOMBO CITY TOUR

After a leisurely and healthy breakfast at the hotel, leave for the Colombo sightseeing tour. The Colombo city tour includes visiting historical monuments, cultural sites, centuries-old colonial constructions and exploring the modern city life of Colombo.

A walking tour along the Bazar of Fort followed by visits to Vihara Mahadevi park, independent memorial hall, Old Parliament Building, Old Colombo Dutch Hospital and Lighthouse. Also, visit local shopping markets and garden. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Colombo

17 PLACES TO SEE IN COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR
Mirissa harbour

DAY 3 OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR COLOMBO-BENTOTA:

After leisurely breakfast leave for the hotel in Bentota. The transfer to the beach hotel takes place along the picturesque coastal belt. There are a few steps to make before arriving at the beach hotel.

Bentota is a heaven for beach holiday lovers. The palm-fringed beaches and torque waters of the Indian ocean are perfect for saltwater activities such as swimming, diving, snorkelling and various other water sports.  

VISITING SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTERS

The first stop will be at sea turtle conservation centre in Kosgoda beach. You will reach the Kosgoda sea turtle conservation centre after about 2 hours journey from Colombo. Sea turtle conservation is under the purview of volunteers coming from all around the world. There are few sea turtle conservation centres along the west coast beaches and they have launched various conservation projects too increase the populations of endangered sea turtles.

VISITING MADU RIVER ESTUARY

Boating in Madu estuary is a popular activity among the travellers and it allows them to see mangroves, visiting the cinnamon island, spotting crocodiles, water monitors and many avian fauna species. During the boat trip, you will be exploring 2 mangrove lagoons and visit Kothduwa island, which is one of the 64 islands in the estuary and has a historical temple.

Check in the hotels and leisure

 COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR

DAY 4 OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR BENTOTA-GALLE-MIRISSA:

Early morning leave for Mirissa. The journey from the hotel starts at 04.00 AM and the journey takes around 2 hours 30 minutes. The beautiful beaches are one of the most striking features of mirissa town, just south of the little town is the beautiful beaches with snow-white sandy beaches.

This tropical beach is a gem for green palms and peaceful retreat. Mirissa is not only popular for beach holidays but also regarded as one of the prime spots in the tourism industry of Sri Lanka for whale and dolphin sightseeing.

17 PLACES TO SEE IN COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR
Have a closer look into blue whales

Your whale watching boat set sail at around 06.45 AM.

On your arrival, you will meet our reparative and will board the whale watching boat after completion of formalities. you will be served with a delectable breakfast in your yacht/boat. After the breakfast at around 06.45 set sail for the whale watching boat trip.

This is a perfect opportunity to spot many species of whales in the vast Indian Ocean. You will also be able to witness many species of dolphins comprising of different colours and sizes.

The whale watching boat tour lasts between 2 -4 hours. During the boat trip, you will be able to witness Blue whales, sperm whales, sea turtles and dolphins.

After the whale watching tour return to the hotel in Bentota. En-route walking tour of Galle fort and stop at a mask museum.

VISITING MASK MUSEUM

Mask museum is located in Ambalangoda town, which is most popular on the island for wood carving, mask carving, traditional dancing and puppetry. Mask carving is a traditional industry in Ambalangoda and it is being practised in the region for many thousands of years. Ambalangoda mask museum has a large collection of masks and some of them are dating back to many thousands of years.

Check in the hotels and leisure

Visiting galle on a day trip from Colombo
Visiting Galle fort on Colombo Bentota package tour

DAY 5 OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR BENTOTA-COLOMBO

DAY 5 BENTOTA-COLOMBO: You have the freedom to stay in the beach resort until 12.00 PM. There will be no important activities planned for today’s program, except for the departure transfer. If you need to leave for the airport to catch the morning flight, we arrange your departure transfer as per your flight details.  

INCLUSIONS OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR

EXCLUSIONS OF COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR

  • Flight tickets.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, porter-age etc.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in & Late check-out.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other feature which is not mentioned in the “Cost includes” column.

WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK COLOMBO BENTOTA PACKAGE TOUR WITH SEERENDIPITY

Seerendipity tour is a fully locally owned travel company with the head office in Colombo. The highly experienced local staff is a key strength of Seerendipity tours and they can plan your dream holiday to Sri Lanka.

Best price for your Sri Lanka trip

When you book a tour with us, you directly book the tour with the local company, it means there are no middlemen and therefore you can guarantee the best price. Simply get in touch with us and let us know when you travel and what you like to see.

Local expertise and personalize service

Our staff make a personalized program for you, which you can change until you find the best package for you. You can also browse our existing tour packages for inspiration; all our ready-made tour packages are customizable and can be tailored to meet all your expectations. Write us on admin@seerendipitytours.com

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Sanjeewa Padmal (Seerendipity)

This blog is all about travelling in Sri Lanka. I am trying to share my knowledge and experiences as a traveller, who had been to most parts of Sri Lanka, with my valued readers. My sole intention is to help my valuable readers to plan their most memorable Sri Lanka trip. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you need more information. Furthermore, I can organize your holiday package or any travel related requirement in Sri Lanka.

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