We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

Level Contributor
106 posts
1 review
Save Topic
Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

Hi Forum, hope all is well.

I am flying in to Colombo at about 10:30 AM in late February for 5 nights. Part of my 15 night Honeymoon, and probably the one we are looking most forward for.

-3 nights (Bentota @ Wunderbar).

Beach, River tour, Galle and some of the other beaches along the way.

-2 Nights (Hotel Suggestions welcome)




One issue is an early flight I have catch to Maldive as 8:30 meaning I need to be at the Airport at 6:00 am.

Could anyone either adjust my itinerary to make it realistic or provide any feedback. Or can anyone suggest more things I can do, Thanks in advance and have a great holiday season.

Can I do 4 night in Bentota and 1 in Kandy?

PS Im in Toronto and local temperature -12 C...:(


Colombo, Sri Lanka
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
52,596 posts
179 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

Hi Neemo,

Sounds by and large realistic. However I have my doubts about 'safari' near Kandy. The closest safari park, Minneriya, is 4 hours drive from there and like all of those parks starts its safaris at dawn and at 3:30 PM for the dusk slot. So not really realistic to do from Kandy.

Still, I'd recommend 2 nights Kandy. It's 4-5 hours drive from Bentota and only 1 night to relax from that is too little. Also as you want to go from Kandy to airport you'd need to leave around 4 AM in the morning, and better have a not-too-full day before that. Including not only Pinawela orphanage (could also do that during travel from Bentota) but also temple of the tooth, Kandy dance and botanical gardens.

Kandy acco: in 3-4 star segment e.g. Thilanka, Hilltop or Swiss Residence. The first two are walking distance from town centre. In the Wunderbar segment there are also plenty of boutique hotels, see e.g. www.boutiquesrilanka.com for an idea of what exists.

Hope this helps a bit,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Fredericia, Denmark
Level Contributor
37,532 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

Hi Neemo

My favourite hotel in Kandy is Serene Garden Hotel. Opened in March 2008, so still nice and clean, and they have a swimming pool. Price for double room with half board can be had from LKR 7500.

I would say that 2 hours from Kandy to Airport is quite tight, even at nighttime. Considering the tightening of security at the Airport, I would leave 30 mins extra for that, and also another 30 mins for the drive to be on the safe side. I recommend you leave Kandy at 3am.


P.t. in Lanka where the weather is overcast today

Level Contributor
106 posts
1 review
Save Reply
3. Re: Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

Thanks for your help.

Its now - 7 C in Toronto.....

Level Contributor
1,062 posts
23 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?


I think if you can cut one night from Bentota and stay that night in Habarana you will be able to do some safaris.Both minneriya and kaudulla parks are closer to habarana.


Level Contributor
38 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

Hi Neemo14,

i stay at the wunderbar quite often and to get the most out of my trips and getting around i have gone to kandy and pinewalla and stayed in a lovely hotel that dagi at the wunderbar organised and guided on my last few days of the holiday. so i didn't feel that my family were traveling back and forth. luggage was taken and early morning dagi and sammy dropped us off at the airport and they make everything so easy for you. just ask dagi once at the wunderbar and he will organise everything without any effort on your part. my flight home is usually 6am at the airport too. anthea

6. Re: Is this 5 night itinerary realistic ?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 18 October 2009, 15:17
Get answers to your questions about Bentota
Recent Conversations