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:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Arts and Culture
Ratu (it means red) is a young man who’s family operate several 3-wheelers (AKA Tuk Tuks) from the railway crossing at Bentota.
Ratu is a 'streetwise' but honest guy who will do his best to get you anything you want from a decent bar to a trip inland.
Of course he has a business to run but he won’t cheat you, he wants visitors to have a good time and come back again, he is good company over a beer too.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
If you need a tour guide/driver for your excursions by van or tuk tuk , I can recommend a guy called Sena.
You can meet him at his "offfice" on the beach between Bentota Beach Hotel and Hotel Ceysands, or you can contact him by mail or phone.
- Road Trip
You won't regret using Bentota Tour. I have contacted with many different car charter companies in Sri Lanka beforehand but he was an absolute best chauffeur.
Mr.Himashi is an intelligent and knowlegeable about nature/culture and of course Sri Lanka.
He speaks well English and is a very punktual guy. Oh, even he speaks Japanese too!
His car is Prius and really well-maintained.
The plus is he would give quite reasonable price as well.
We have already planed to go back to Sri Lanka since Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country.
And we definately ask Bentota Tour for our partner in Sri Lanka.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Historical Travel
We went around the area in a Tuk Tuk . Very Cheap, it is quite a slow way to travel so ideal for taking photos along the way. (always a plus! )
We went all the way to Galle in the Tuk Tuk, Which was an experience, especially when a bus went in to the side of us.
A Very Lucky Escape!
- Budget Travel