How to ReachInternational Flights from Chennai take about an hour to reach Colombo. From Colombo, you may take a train from the Colombo Fort railway station to Bentota. There are many options in terms of the International Airlines, with Sri Lankan Airlines providing jumbo jets for the journey.
Day 1: BentotaBentota is a small town about an hour from Colombo. Bentota and Galle are similar in terms of attractions, but Bentota hasn't been commercialised as much as Galle. Therefore, I would suggest you spend some more time at Bentota.
|The dilapidated train to Bentota|
You need to rent a boat for the river safari and the rate is a flat 2000 LKR/ride, irrespective of the number of people (boats have a capacity of carrying upto 8 people). Interestingly, the name of the river is Bentota Ganga! It's good if you start the safari early in the morning to make sure you get to see a wide range of species. I was lucky enough to see tree snakes, some wild birds, a monitor lizard and baby alligators!
|Yo alligators so scary, my fingers are getting slippery!|
|Releasing the turtles into the sea|
Day 2: GalleOn the way of Galle, the moonstone mine may be of interest if you like gemstones. Sri La\nka is famous for blue moonstones and this is one place where you can get these gemstones for cheap.
|Extracting the blue moonstone from the mine|
|The Galle Lighthouse|