Bentota River
Bentota River
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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  • delhiwalaNewDelhi
    265 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    River tour is nice and good
    Most of the river tours are quite costly in Bentota, they charge as per numbers of passenger. LKR 12000 are the charges for one hour tour. The boat driver will explain all the things while running the boat. They will take you to the cinnamon island. The person incharge will welcome you with cinnamon tea. Show you how cinnamon is drive from the bark of the tree. They will offer you to taste the cinnamon stick. And will sell you also the same. But when you come back home, you will find the cinnamon is taste less and not good so beware.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • chris garner
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Boat trip
    An excellent river boat trip. We saw an array of wildlife and found it very good value for money. The young tour guide was very informative. We saw monkeys and baby crocodiles … although touristy, it was very enjoyable. Highly recommend !
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Bennettbrian
    Hebburn, United Kingdom1,320 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat River Safari
    If you are in the Bentota area it is a worthwhile doing a river safari with one of the many, companies providing the tours. The tour we took lasted around an hour and a half and we were lucky enough to see, a couple of small crocodiles, fruit bats roosting in the trees, fish eagles, monitor lizards and also got to feed some monkeys, which was the highlight. The trip along the river was entertaining and also took in the mangroves. It was also good to see the white Buddha statues on the banks of the river. A pleasant worthwhile trip.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
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Peter UK
London, UK2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We took a private river tour to see the wildlife and mangrove along the Bentota river. Along the way we saw water monitors, bat's, chameleon, kingfishers and baby crocodiles. However, also on the way we saw a local emptying a garbage bin full of plastic bags and other waste into the river which floated towards the path of our boat. It seems Bentota and Aluthgama do not mind this practice or discourage it. For a tourist this is a real problem as the river banks are dirty, particularly when you're looking for wildlife and seeing so much plastic clinging to the plants and bushes. The local government really needs to clean this up with policies to prevent fly tipping and to encourage collection of floating rubbish. The river could be so beautiful if kept clean and tourists will be more likely to take these trips.
Written 17 March 2024
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Bennettbrian
Hebburn, UK1,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you are in the Bentota area it is a worthwhile doing a river safari with one of the many, companies providing the tours.
The tour we took lasted around an hour and a half and we were lucky enough to see, a couple of small crocodiles, fruit bats roosting in the trees, fish eagles, monitor lizards and also got to feed some monkeys, which was the highlight.
The trip along the river was entertaining and also took in the mangroves.
It was also good to see the white Buddha statues on the banks of the river.
A pleasant worthwhile trip.
Written 30 January 2024
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chris garner
Bournemouth, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
An excellent river boat trip. We saw an array of wildlife and found it very good value for money. The young tour guide was very informative. We saw monkeys and baby crocodiles … although touristy, it was very enjoyable. Highly recommend !
Written 27 January 2024
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Russicum
Moscow, Russia1,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Common fresh excursion really. So we were on a boat. We can see monkeys, many birds, crocodiles, varan.
Plus after we went to turtle farm 🐢 perfecto definitely.
Voyage only with Sandy +94 71 171 5900
Thank you
Cheers
Written 29 April 2023
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delhiwalaNewDelhi
new delhi265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Most of the river tours are quite costly in Bentota, they charge as per numbers of passenger. LKR 12000 are the charges for one hour tour. The boat driver will explain all the things while running the boat. They will take you to the cinnamon island. The person incharge will welcome you with cinnamon tea. Show you how cinnamon is drive from the bark of the tree. They will offer you to taste the cinnamon stick. And will sell you also the same. But when you come back home, you will find the cinnamon is taste less and not good so beware.
Written 14 April 2023
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Rexonaut
Brussels, Belgium782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It was recommended by a local guide and kids wanted to go. They enjoyed it very much. We saw very rich Sri Lanka nature. Varans, big bats, kingficher. small crocodiles. many other birds. Highlight was feeding monkeys with bananas.
Written 24 April 2022
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senthoo47
Melbourne, Australia187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Drying out smelly river with some local wild life
Also helps to the local venders to to trick your pocket dry!
If you are a nature enthusiast- worth it !
Most of the venders won’t provide any safety gears !
Written 4 March 2022
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SEs
London, UK25,876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Had river safari with Lucky boat safari from Lagoon Bentota hotel. The boat ride was pleasant, Lucky an excellent guide. The mangrove beautiful. I saw only saw two baby crocodile and an Eagles . Highlight is the river bath.
Written 21 August 2020
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Anton C
Colombo, Sri Lanka147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Very good for water sports. There are many water sports companies dotted near the Bentota bridge and at the hotels bordering the Bentota River. Always check and agree on price, terms and conditions.
Written 2 August 2020
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petrosblue
Worsley, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went on a boat trip to this amazing river. Straight away the boat driver took us to some mangroves and showed us some monitor lizards and small crocodiles. They were amazing to see. While boating down the river the guide pointed out some monkeys and amazing birds. This boat trip is definitely worth going to do
Written 3 April 2020
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