Bentota River Safari
€15.00 – €36.00
During BentotaRiver Safari you will get unforgettable impressions while exploring the unique mangroves. Many beautiful birds live in the mangrove woods, such as halcyons and very rare species of white herons. On one of the islands you can take a picture with a baby-crocodile. During this trip you will see monitor lizards, fruit bats, you may also see a big crocodile. Trip duration is 1,5 hours. If tourists wish, the boat can move to the place where Bentota river flows into the open ocean (don’t worry, it is completely safe and just for a short time).
During Bentota-tour we will also visit:
🔹 Kande Viharaya Temple, one of the most esteemed temples among Buddhists and one of the most visited temples in Sri Lanka. The temple was built in 1734, it will impress you by its refined architecture, well-preserved ornaments and bas-reliefs with the scenes from the life of Lord Buddha. The temple is also known for its statue of Buddha sitting on a lotus flower. This statue is the tallest sitting Buddha statue in Sri Lanka (height 48 meters).
🔹 Jewelry design and manufacturing company. Sri Lanka is known as Gem Island (Ratna-Dweepa in Sanskrit). The island has the highest density of gemstones deposits compared to its landmass. First of all the island is famous for the unique beauty of Ceylon sapphires. The largest blue sapphires in the world were found in Sri Lanka: the Star of Adam (the largest one, weight appr. 1400 carat), Blue Giant of the Orient (weight 466 carat), Logan Sapphire (weight 422,99 carats), Blue Belle of Asia (weight appr. 400 carat). Besides sapphires, Sri Lanka is also famous for other very beautiful gemstones, among them: ruby, garnet, moonstone, cat’s eye, spinel, topaz. We will have a chance to look into the jeweler’s workshop to see jewelry making process. Sri Lankan faceting technique of gemstones should be especially commended, not everywhere one can see (and also buy) so nicely faceted jewelry.
🔹 Ayurvedic and Spice Garden. We will see different types of Sri Lankan famous spices growing. Ayurvedic experts will tell us about main medicinal and culinary properties of spices and herbs.
🔹 Turtle Hatchery where we can see main types of turtles that live in the Indian Ocean. The Hatchery staff looks after injured turtles found in the ocean and also ensures safe conditions for baby turtles to grow up enough to be released into the ocean. We will see turtle “kindergarten” and can take a picture with a huge ocean turtle or with newborn turtles.
Tour price depends on the number of participants. For example, if 2 persons participate the tour price would be 36,00 € for 1 person. Price for 1 child aged less than 12 is 15,00 €.
The price includes:
- Transfer by A/C car or minivan;
- Entrance tickets to the sights specified in the tour program;
- Entrance tickets and transfer if you wish to visit the places outside the tour program;
- Meals, drinks and your private expenses.
The advance payment 20 eur per 1 person will guarantee your reservation of the tour.
Upon receipt of the advance payment we will send the order confirmation to your e-mail. While making the reservation, please specify in the field “Additional Notes” the number of participants, tour date, phone number of the contact person and other information you consider essential. The rest amount you can pay before the tour starts by cash (we accept Sri Lankan rupees, US dollars or EURO). If you wish to pay for all the trip by credit card, just let us know about that and we will send you all necessary information for the payment.
Bentota River Safari is a great possibility to get an eyeful of the wild nature of Sri Lanka. We will be sailing by a small boat equipped with an awning for protection against the sun. Bentota is a quiet river, the boat speed is quite slow and the whole trip is absolutely safe.
We arrange tours upon request, so please contact us using the contact form below or by phone and we will find the best solution for your tour
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