Besides taking a Tuc-Tuc or a taxi to reach the nearby attractions, a whole round-trip to the cultural triangle in Sri-Lankas "midlands" is strongly recommended.
To get a hassle-free and totally individual roundtrip, up until now I used the excellent services of a Colombo agency, LANKA VACATIONS.
The owners, Mrs and Mr Farook care for very useful proposals and will send you a preliminary itinerary with hotels, attractions etc well in advance. We got always an AC-car with driver and local guide and were able to decide even on the short run about the length and main focus of our daily program.
As an excellent standard-program I and our family did already 3 times I recommend: Bentota-Pinnawela (elephant sanctuary)-Anuradhapura-Aukhana (giant Buddha statue)-Polonaruwa-Sigyria-Dhambulla-Kandy.If time allows, add Mihintale temple near Anuradhapura and consider an extension to Nuwara Elya (tea plantations in the highlands), allow 2 more days.
Last November the whole itinerary as mentioned above took 4-5 days and had been arranged according to our preferences, with excellent hotels, halfboard and all entrance-fees etc. I was charged for 4 nights/5 days around EUR 300,- per person. It was value for money and good service.
Contact Lanka Vacations, att Mrs or Mr Farook:
Fondest memory: The serene beauty of the island by the mouth of Bentota River ; walk up to the small temple, sit down and look!
find below some remarks about "summer in Bentota"- I found in my favorite hotels information-material. It is very close to Bentota Beach Hotel, so their comments are valid for both hotels:
"In Sri Lanka, our experience has been that even during the time of the European summer i.e. from May to October, there is ample sunshine on the Southwest coast. However, the monsoon season does lead to some limitations. We are very happy to inform you of these.
We have two seasons in Sri Lanka that one could describe as the sunny and the rainy season. There are also short transitional seasons that we call inter-monsoon seasons. As a rule, these are in May and October and tend to last for about one month. During these times, the wind directions change from East to West and vice versa. These are times of unstable weather when there are great thunderstorms and heavy rain showers. The months from June to September are very sunny months. Only in the late afternoon and at night there are cooling rain showers.
Overall, the monsoon season sees the humidity increase and the sea level rise taking away part of our beach. Diving is rarely possible due to the rough sea although water sports such as water skiing, surfing or boating can be recommended at any time on the Bentota river that meets the sea in front of our hotel."
I've been to Sri lanka's westcoast several times;usually rain is no problem in June, but swimming in the sea is not everywhere to be recommended!
Have fun and a good trip to beautiful SL !
Fondest memory: Nice and friendly people, a wonderful tropical scenery and gorgeous beach.Many interesting cultural sights.