Day Trip From Bentota To Kandy, 5 beautiful places to visit in Kandy for couples

Bentota To Kandy…Kandy day tour

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By far Bentota is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island and therefore, Sri Lanka day trips such as Kandy day tour from Bentota is a hot topic, especially day trip from Bentota to Kandy. Bentota to Kandy day tour involves the most popular beach holiday destination (Bentota beach) and the most visited historical monument on the island (the tooth relic temple). Bentota to Kandy distance is 180 km and this one day tour of Sri Lanka lasts about 10 hours.

What are the four must-visit stops On a day trip from Bentota to Kandy?

Sri Lanka tour packages are available in many flavours, but most popular Sri Lanka tour itineraries (the best formula for your road trip in Sri Lanka) are consisting of two distinct parts (a). Sri Lanka round tour (b).Sri Lanka beach holiday, in this system, as the name denotes the travellers do sightseeing tours to important tourist attractions and visit important places.

In the second phase (beach stay) they do dedicate their time for relaxing on the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka (22 idyllic beach resorts in Sri Lanka). Usually, the beach holiday will be done towards the end of the tour and sightseeing is done at the beginning of the holiday. But there are instances that tourist opt for sightseeing in the latter part of the tour as well. This article is about a day trip from Bentota to Kandy, which is one of the most popular day trips offered by Sri Lankan tour operators.

When should I start the day trip to Kandy from Bentota?

The trip starts early morning from your hotel in Bentota, the starting time of the trip is 5.00 am. Most hotels organize breakfasts packets for the travellers, who depart early morning from the hotel on day trips, so you can also request for a breakfast packet. however, the guide will make a stop in a restaurant for a tea on the way before reaching Pinnawal elephant orphanage.

It will be late evening when you return to the hotel in Bentota and it will be around 9.00 pm

What is the Popular Kandy day tour of Bentota that include Kandy?

Bentota to Kandy day tour

Bentota to Kandy is a very popular activity and a large number of travellers book this activity with us. Bentota is the most popular beach resort on the island and half of the beach holiday lovers choose west coast beach resort for their beach holidays. It is a habit of a large number of beach holiday lovers to engage in occasion sightseeing tours and Kandy is one popular station for their day trips. Kandy is the cultural hub of Sri Lanka and most importantly it is packed with many interesting places travellers.

Kandy day tour from Bentota in a nutshell

  • 05.00 starts the Kandy day tour from Bentota
  • 08.00 first stop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • 09.00 leave for Spice garden
  • 10.00 stop at the Spice garden
  • 11.00 leave for Peradeniya botanical garden
  • 12.00 stop at Peradeniya botanical garden
  • 13.00 lunch break
  • 14.00 visit tooth relic temple
  • 16.00 visit tea plantation and factory
  • 19.00 reach the hotel in Bentota

Sri Lanka beach holiday in Bentota and west coast

Just the beach holidays is the another most common holiday pattern booked by travellers in Sri Lanka, with this method, travellers opt for only a beach holiday package but then they undertake excursions to visit important cultural, historical, natural and other important tourist attractions.

Staying at a beach resort for many days and basking in the tropical sun could be a tedious and boring task making you resort to some sort of outing to break the monotonous life in the beach resort. Almost all the hotels provide optional excursions through their travel desks. Or the excursions can be booked through the travel agents too.

Since the Bentota is the most popular beach resort in the island a large number of beach holiday lovers choose Bentota as their beach holiday resort. This article discusses the one day tour to Kandy from Bentota, while describing some of the places and attraction encountered on the way.

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What is the best route for Kandy day tour from Bentota and vice-versa?

Ther are 3 widely used routes to reach Kandy from Bentota, they are below,

  • Route No 1: Bentota-Welipenna-Kadawatha-Kandy…
  • Route No 2: Bentota-Colombo-Kadawatha-Kandy…
  • Route No 3: Bentota-Horana-Pasyala-Kandy…

Route No 1:

By far this is a most popular route on Kandy day tour from Bentota (Bentota-Welipenna-Kadawatha-Kandy), the route via southern expressway is the most convenient route to go to Kandy from Bentota, and the drive takes around 4 hours, however, the stops in between Kandy and Bentota are not calculated. The distance to cover on this route is 180 km. The timing of the trip is calculated based on transport by a private vehicle.

Route No 2:

(Bentota-Colombo-Kadawatha-Kandy) the first leg of the journey from Bentota to Colombo on Galle-Colombo highway and the second part of the journey on Colombo-Kandy main road. The distance to cover is similar to the route no1, however, the journey takes around 5 hours due to the heavy traffic on the road. The timing of the trip is calculated based on road transport by a private vehicle.

Route No 3:

This route had been the most convenient way of travelling to Kandy form Bentota before the construction of the southern expressway. You do not need to cross Colombo if you use this route and avoid heavy traffic in the city. However, you can reduce the time spent on the drive using this route. You will not encounter much traffic on this route and it goes through the beautiful countryside.

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What are the major tourist attractions to stop from Bentota to Kandy?

  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Tea factory
  • Peradeniya botanical garden
  • Tooth relic temple

The important places to visit on a 2 days tour to Kandy from Bentota

  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Tooth relic temple
  • Spice garden
  • Peradeniya royal botanical garden
  • Tea garden/Tea factory
  • Kandyan cultural show
  • Gem museum
  • Handicraft centre
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A large concentration of foreign travellers can be seen during the ceremony at the Kandy tooth relic temple, especially during the evening ceremony.

Important places you encounter as you travel from Bentota to Kandy

Sri Lank is a small island but there is a great deal of travel if you wish to explore this fascinating holiday destination. If it is to be adventurous and exiting it should be a private tour dedicated to you rather than a train or a bus trip.  A private tour allows you to make an itinerary at your own pace and comfort. 

There are many places to do and see when you drive from Bentota to the mountainous region of Kandy. From Kelaniya to Kegalle, Mawanella, Peradeniya, the numerous Multi-colored towns and cities, dramatic rugged mountains, tea plantations, isolated patches of forests; this road trip really a fascinated one. The cities are vivid in culture, history, ad beauty making them have their own identity. There are 4 visits that every tourist must make while they cruise through this rugged terrain.

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The Elephants of Piinawala orphanage is heading to the nearby River for bathing 2 times every day, they are bathing, playing while some animals just lay down in the water. Bathing hours for elephants at pinnawala from 10.00-12.00 hrs and 14.00 to 16.00 hrs

Pinnawala, the first stop on the trip from Bentota to Kandy

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is undoubtedly the most popular attraction where elephants are in plenty. The place is ruled by several dozens of tames elephants. And they are looked after by mahouts and the whole project is funded by the zoological department of Sri Lanka. All elephants have to follow a routine here and it includes time for feeding, bath, and relaxation.

Bottle feeding

Bottle feeding takes places 5 times a day at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, during which baby elephants are fed with milk. However, there are instances that you don’t see bottle-feeding at the orphanage now. Due to the fact that baby elephants are not brought to the Pinnawal elephant orphanage anymore if it is not really necessary.

If you wish to feed an orphan baby elephant make sure you arrive well ahead of the bottle feeding to grab a ticket. There is a big demand for bottle feeding in which the outsiders allow to feed an orphan baby elephant with a bottle of milk.

After the bottle feeding, the next interesting highlight of the elephant orphanage is the elephant bath. The herd is directed to the nearby river, where they have plenty of water, space and time to bath and play. You will find how difficult it is to control these mischievous jumbos even for the mahouts, who have years of experience working with elephants.

Visiting Tea factory on the trip from Bentota to Kandy

Ceylon Tea is the most known product comes from Sri Lanka, which is still as popular as Ceylon tea. There are several tea factories where you are able to see the production process of this world-renowned beverage. Most factories demand you nothing to show around and they also serve you a cup of un-blended freshly brewed Ceylon tea.

Perhaps you will be able to see the colourfully dressed tea puckers, who vigorously remove the tender leaves of the tea bush. If you are a tea drinker and like to buy tea at an affordable price ask someone where the tea centre is. The tea centres offer you a wide range of tea verities such as black tea, white tea, green tea and many other flavoured varieties as well.

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Visiting Tooth relic temple on Kandy day tour

visiting tooth relic temple is the culmination of one day trip of Kandy from Bentota. Usually, it will be late afternoon by the time you reach tooth relic temple after visiting other 3 major attractions. Tooth relic temple is the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island and visited by thousands of devotees every day. It is important because of the left eye tooth of Buddha resides here. However, you are not able to witness the tooth relic but still, it is worth visiting because there are so many other things to see in the temple.

Just behind the tooth relic temple is the international Buddhist museum, which showcases some of the artefacts and paintings from various parts of the world. However, I have a big doubt if you can find time to visit it on a day trip from Bentota to Kandy. If you plan a 2 days trip to Kandy from Bentota you are well on your way to see many other interesting places along with the International Buddhist Museum.

This is the view of Kandy city from the upper lake

Kandy the last stop on the trip from Bentota to Kandy

This could very well be the highlight of the mountains of Sri Lanka with its charming neighbourhood and old-world feel. The ancient city of Kandy is another world heritage site visited by hundreds of thousands of travellers every year. Downtown, Kandy is always busy with markets, shops, banks, supermarkets and local restaurants. At the southern tip of the town is the temple known as “Tooth relic temple”, where your Kandy day trip winds up.  Next to the Dalada Maligawa is the Kandy Lake. Both temple and the Lake reside at the foothills of Udawattekele, which is a rainforest with many species of fauna and flora.

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Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya

Visiting Peradeniya Royal botanical garden on Kandy day tour

This charming small town cannot be forgotten due to its fascinating green cover. This is a narrow strip of land set in between the Mahaweli River and a mountain. The main contributor to the popularity of Peradeniya is the Royal botanical garden. A visit to the Royal botanical garden is a must to complete the tour to Kandy. You need at least 1 hour to explore the interesting places of the garden even at a rapid phase. Don’t forget to grab a map of the garden as you buy the entrance ticket. It gives you a clear idea to find the best track to see the most with minimum time.

Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota

There is a big demand for day trips from Bentota and we receive frequent inquiries from the travellers, who wish to book short trips from Bentota. Therefore we thought of formulating this article with 15 best Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, We think that this article immensely helps the travellers, who look for some ideas for a few interesting trips from Bentota.

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How to book Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota

Please check below available Sri Lanka tours and excursion, if you find the perfect match for your requirement, please click more details… go through the detailed itinerary for Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota. If you wish to book a Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, please fill the form and send the details. We are glad to pick you up from your hotel in Bentota or any other nearby place.

Transportation of Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota

All tours are private tours and in a small vehicle means you have the maximum privacy during the trip, without any intruders sitting next to you on a crowded bus. You will be travelling in a luxury, modern and fully air-conditioned car, van or a commuter (depending on the number of the person in your group).

Tour guides for Sri Lanka day trip

You will also be provided with a fully qualified and experienced English speaking tour guide. If you do not speak English and like to have a tour guide that speaks some other languages such as German, French, Spanish, Arabic etc please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are well prepared to arrange your requirement.

How to book Bentota excursions

Bentota excursions can be booked via website or email. The payment can be done in Sri Lankan rupees, or any other international currency or credit card/debit card. However, it is not necessary to make the payment in advance, it means you can book Bentota excursions without payment and payment should be completed on the day of the activity.

What are the 10 most popular Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota?

There is a big demand for day trips from Bentota and we receive frequent inquiries from the travellers, who wish to book short trips from Bentota. Therefore we thought of formulating this article with 15 best Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, We think that this article immensely helps the travellers, who look for some ideas for a few interesting trips from Bentota.

Beruwala Beach, also known as the golden mile, is the capital of Sri Lankan beaches and is the most popular beach holiday destination in Sri Lanka. Bentota beach is full of interesting activities for beach holiday lovers and it also offers tons of important tourist attractions both modern and historical to entice its visitors.

The bustling beach resorts of Bentota offers diving and snorkellingYoga centres, fishing tours, boating trips, indoor sports, massage parlours,  clubs, bars, restaurants… And many other water-based activities. There are also many other historical places, bustling markets, numerous temples, and interesting glimpse into the splendid island of Sri Lanka.

There are many interesting Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, Beruwala, Kalutara, Galle, and Colombo to satisfy travellers wishing to make few short trips during their beach holiday in Bentota and other coastal areas of the west coast. From some of Sri Lanka’s most iconic tourist attractions to small local villages, the travellers, who visit Bentota and other places in the west coast, can easily find few short trips to suit their budget and wish.

Here are the 10 best Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota; however these 10 trips can be booked from other beach resort on the west coast such as Beruwala, Kalutara, Galle, as well as Colombo.

1. Sri Lanka day trip from Bentota to Sigiriya

One of the most iconic symbols of Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress can easily be visited on a Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, thanks to the well-maintained countryside roads and southern expressway. Nevertheless, we suggest you to consider visiting this tourist hotspot on a day tour from Bentota, Kalutara, Galle or Colombo, to make sure that you can visit everything, which is worth seeing at the Sigiriya archaeological site.

Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota to Sigiriya can easily be combined with a visit to Dambulla cave temple, without any additional fee for the trip. Dambulla cave temple is another important UNESCO world heritage site in the cultural triangle located near Sigiriya rock fortress.

Unlike some other major tourist monuments in the world, Sigiriya rock fortress does not disappoint you, and most tourists are taken by surprise for its imposing size, marvellous landscaped garden and 5th-century paintings. This 5th-century palace complex attracts thousands of visitors every day, so reaching this archaeological site with a guide helps you cut the line.

The Sigiriya rock fortress, located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, is a collection of landscaped gardens, granite caves, a gigantic monolithic boulder with a palace on the top, a gallery with 5th-century fresco paintings, swimming pools, fountains, guards rooms, moats and walls. All are featuring the 5th-century building techniques, engineering skills, water management system and artistic capabilities of the ancient civilization.

2. Bentota excursion to Dambulla

The city next to the Sigiriya is well worth of visiting on a Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota if you wish to avoid the main tourist draws. Dambulla golden cave temple, which is one of the oldest cave temples in the world, dating back to 1st century BC is another UNESCO world heritage site. The temple has a fine collection of ancient murals depicting scenery from Buddhist stories. Same times the temple has a large collection of Buddha statues, god figures and few statues of kings.

Built by King Walagambahu, the temple is dedicated to Buddhism and provided shelter to the king during the troubled period in 1st century BC, in which the king had lost his kingdom for a short period of time due to a south Indian invasion. Later the King expelled the invaders and regained his throne.

If you plan to visit the temple your own, there are, however, few guides and downloadable mobile apps, which makes it easy to explore the site and nearby areas. Apart from the major tourist attractions, there many other temples, wildlife reserves, rural villages, and culinary experiences for the visitors to enjoy.

3. Sri Lanka day trip from Bentota to Kandy

The capital of the central province of Sri Lanka and one of the most populated cities on the island is also a major tourist hot spot in the country. Kandy is a bit closer to Bentota than other 2 options of Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota that we discussed already. However, there are many organized day trip options to book between Kandy and Bentota.

One can drive and explore the interesting places in Kandy on a day trip from Bentota, and one can choose air transportation between two cities if the budget permits. The tour starts early morning from the hotel in Bentota and arrives at the beach hotel in Bentota on the late evening same day.

Kandy also is known as the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and houses the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island completes Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle alongside with Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Like other cities in the cultural triangle, Kandy has also been able to earn the prestigious emblem “UNESCO world heritage site”, Kandy offers many places to explore such as temples, palaces, museums, lakes and colonial styled building. There is also a central market, which is a large bazaar where the travellers are able to experience an authentic Sri Lankan market experience.

4. Sri Lanka day trip to Kande Vihara from Bentota

The Buddhist temple of Kande Vihara is an important tourist attraction located just outside of Bentota, which is a perfect spot for Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota. It takes only a few minutes of drive from any of the beach resort in Bentota to reach it. The temple has a newly built gigantic Samadhi Buddha statue; however, Kande vihara is a very old Buddhist temple dating back to 1734.

The temple is not only a religious site but also a teaching school for Buddhist monks and actively engages in educating the new generation of monks. The temple has a beautiful image house and few other image houses dedicated to God such as Vishnu, Kataragama, and Pattini.

5. Sri Lanka day trip from Bentota to Colombo

Colombo is a popular tourist attraction with modern city life as well as colonial heritage. Colombo is the commercial hub of the island and 90 per cent of commercial activities take places in and around Colombo. Colombo is a perfect city for Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, due to the newly built southern highway, which has reduced the travelling time between two cities by half.

The city offers something for almost every traveller, archaeological sites, historical monuments, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, bargain shopping, cinemas, food courts, casinos, night clubs and shopping mall, all to be found in the city.

Colombo is a city that is undergoing a rapid change over the last several decades and shaping to a modern 21st-century metropolis. What is interesting about Colombo its dedication to preserving colonial heritage, which reflects in a few dozens of colonial mansions. As the new towers rising to the sky, colonial buildings are majestical stands next to them.

Colombo has an earned a reputation been a city with a large network of wetlands, and the city was named as a Ramsar wetland city in 2019, only wetland city in southern Asia. Therefore a new chapter of the city has begun and it has come under the radar of nature lovers, due to the 20 sq km of wetland network.

6. Sri Lanka day trip from Bentota to Galle

Located just south of Bentota, is an easy to reach tourist hub on southern Sri LankaGalle is the most popular tourist hot-spot on southern Sri Lanka with a large number of foreign travellers at any time of the year. Galle is a calm and quiet interesting city and has the best-preserved Dutch fort in southern Asia.

Galle Fort, which stands in the city, bordering the Indian Ocean is a UNESCO world heritage site and still in a very good constitution. The history of Fort goes back to 1505 with the arrival of Portuguese and later it was occupied by Dutch administration stating from 1656, later the Fort was handed over to British colonial rulers in 1796.

The Galle fort is still occupied by foreigners, but today they are travellers and holidaymakers, they bring hard currency to the island and not causing to drain the wealth of the island. Half of the city is modern and well planned and the rest of the city primarily the Dutch Fort that adds colonial presence.

The pollution, traffic level and population are very low compared to Colombo in this peaceful city, making it one of the best places for Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota. The shoppers will love the city, where typical Sri Lankan artefacts, souvenir, batik, silk and Gems and Jewelry to be found.

7. Sri Lanka Bentota one day trip to Udawalawe park

Udawalawe jeep safari is coming under unforgettable Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota as it offers one of the best wildlife experiences for travellers. The wildlife enthusiasts will love the day tour to Udawalawe national park, where they can spot wild elephants, wild buffalo, jackal, monkeys, Crocodiles, as well as a whole host of other animals at their doorstep.

Located neighbouring laid back city of Embilipitiya, Udawalawe national park is within easy reach of Bentota, and a favourite pick for Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota to explore the rich wildlife of Sri Lanka. The journey from Bentota to Udawalawe lasts about 3 hours and it is a destination for either a self-guided or as part of a structured tour.

The travellers can book a jeep safari offered by the tour operators and learn about the native wildlife of Sri Lanka, as well as a modern conservation effort in order to protect the depleting wild elephant population on the island.

8. One day trip from Bentota to Madu river estuary

The Two hour Madu river boat tour takes you all the way up deep into the Madu river estuary; here you will encounter mangrove forests, Cinnamon Island and other small populated islands. This is a perfect opportunity to see a large number of water-based avian Faun species such as the cormorant, kingfisher, herons, as well as many other animals such as water monitor, crocodile, and monkey.

Madu river estuary is a Ramsar wetland and has a large expanse of the water body; the travellers can cruise along with the elegant mansion of water while having a closer look at fisherman and sand miners that are on work in the estuary. Madu River is located just outside of Bentota and a place for easy Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota and required only 4 hours for the entire tour starting from your beach hotel in Bentota.

The Madu River estuary is Sri Lanka’s most diverse wetland, with more than 300 species plants belong to 95 families and 248 of animal species. The travellers cruise through the centre of the wetland while exploring the rich bio-diversity that harbours hundreds of mangrove plants.9. Day trip from Bentota to Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary or Hikkaduwa national park is just a few minutes away from Bentota and a place to experience the rich underwater bio-diversity, and it ranks among the best places for easy Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota.  This is another water-based activity that takes only about 4 hours from the start to end if you based in a hotel in Bentota.

10. Sri Lanka whale watching day trip from Bentota

Sri Lanka Ocean off Mirissa of southern Sri Lanka is ranked among the best places to spot blue whales. This blue whale sanctuary is resided by both migratory whales and residents whales mean you have the year-round opportunity to spot whales here. Whale watching has become a very popular activity among the visitors of Sri Lanka and a large number of travellers set off on a whale watching trips on a daily basis from southern Sri Lankan ports.

These Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota starts early morning, at around 04.30 AM from your resort in Bentota. Usually, most whale watching boats leave the Mirissa harbour at around 06.30 AM on their mission to find blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins. On these whale watching Sri Lanka day trips from Bentota, it is necessary to leave the beach resort early morning in order to reach Mirissa harbour on time.

Usually, the Mirissa whale watching trip can be combined with other important tourist hot spots such as Galle fortress, Sea turtle conservation project, mask museum, Hikkaduwa and other places on southern Sri Lanka.

If you wish to book any of the above-mentioned 1-day tours from Bentota please don’t hesitate to contact us in


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