With two days in Bentota, you’ll have time to enjoy many of the attractions of this laid-back beach resort. Whether it’s water sports on Bentota Lagoon, exploring the countryside by tuk-tuk or bike, or a whale-watching cruise or game drive, here are our tips for a perfect 48-hour itinerary.
Day 1: Cover Bentota’s Highlights
**Morning:**Admire the sunrise from a kayak on the River Madu, spotting monkeys, snakes, and crocodiles as you paddle and learn about local nature from your guide. Or, get an overview of Bentota and its countryside on a bike, car, tuk-tuk, or convertible VW Beetle tour—visiting temples, markets, and a sea turtle sanctuary.
**Afternoon:**Cruise Bentota’s river mangroves to see tree frogs, bats, and monitor lizards, or go all out for fun on a lagoon water-sports package that includes banana boat and Jet Ski rides. Alternatively, embrace Sri Lanka’s cuisine by learning to create some of its staple curries and side dishes at an outdoor cooking class.
**Night:**Conclude with a sunset stroll along the beach before having dinner under the palms. If you’re a novice or experienced angler, consider booking a night fishing trip on Bentota Lagoon to hook fish such as mangrove jack and mullet, with tuition and equipment provided.
Day 2: Day Trips
**Morning:**Get the most from your second day by catching a full-day tour. Wildlife enthusiasts can hit the seas to see whales or take a safari in Udawalawe National Park, known for its wild elephants. For culture and scenery, consider a day trip to Kandy or Nuwara Eliya, two of Sri Lanka’s beautiful hill-country towns.
**Afternoon:**Continue the day trip you began this morning. Scan the waves for blue whales from a whale-watching boat, or search Udawalawe’s grasslands for elephants, deer, and buffalo. Alternatively, check out Kandy’s sights, such as the Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or Nuwara’s rolling tea plantations and waterfalls.
**Night:**If you’re back in Bentota this evening, take a shopping tour around its malls and markets—having a guide and transport will make finding the best souvenirs easier than if alone. Then, enjoy your last night in style, watching an ocean sunset from a beachside restaurant or bar.