8 days in Bentota, Galle & Colombo Itinerary

8 days in Bentota, Galle & Colombo Itinerary

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8 days in Bentota, Galle & Colombo Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Do your shopping at Tsunami Photo Museum and Palace Seaside. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and West Coast Tattoo Studio (in Kalutara). Spend the 12th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, make a trip to Bentota Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid ul Abrar.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Bentota is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Bentota is 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in July, things will get little chillier in Bentota: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kowilawatta Temple, Palace Seaside, Masjid ul Abrar, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and finally kick back and relax at Jungle Beach. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

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You can drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 15th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, then stop by Lakarcade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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