Sri Lanka – Bentota River “Safari”

Yesterday, after talking to some honest fishermen, we decided against deep sea fishing and opted for hiring a boat to take us up the Bentota River.


I was expecting to see sights reminiscent of our ride up the Mekong a few years back, but it was quite different. In the Mekong, we saw many fishermen living on boats, making the river home. Here the local fishermen seemed to favor nets, traps, and living on shore.


As we headed up the river, our guide was quick to start pointing out the wildlife. Chris had really been wanting to see a monitor while we were here, and luckily we got to see one right away. Further up the river, we headed into the mangroves and began seeing monitors like crazy!


Later in the afternoon we were approached by a boy in a boat with his ‘pet’ crocodile. It made me uncomfortable that he had taken this tiny animal from it’s family, but at the same time, I appreciated his attempt at entrepreneurship. Mixed feelings on this one. Anyway, before I knew it, I had a baby croc in hand and Chris was snapping away with the camera.


After we returned to our hotel, Chris decided to try his hand at wake boarding. It had been a few years since his last attempt, but he did great and had a really fun time. Hopefully he doesn’t catch anything from the river water.


  1. Jena said:

    Oh heck to the no – those monitors are huge!!!! That crocodile is cute, but really how long can a kid raise a crocodile? sad.

  2. Heidi Nicole said:

    Umm…does the wakeboarding happen in the same river as the big toothed critter spottings? If so, I’m out. I’m a huge wimp when it comes to that!

    You have to give the boy credit for trying, but yeah, I can see how that is a rather iffy situation. And you did get to hold a crocodile!

    • Brit said:

      Yup, same water. For some reason that didn’t even occur to me at the time. I wonder if Chris thought of that?

      Yeah, that was the first croc that I ever held…

  3. Yeah, I’m with Heidi… if it was the same water, I’d be less worried about him catching something and more worried about something catching him!

    I’m a big chicken though.

    • Brit said:

      I’m a big chicken too. Chris is one of those people in the “act now think about it later” camp. I’m a bit more cautious.

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