Bentota, a beautiful coastal resort town 64km south of Colombo, it’s a true haven for those looking to relax by the sea and catch the beautiful sunset over the waters. You get the first glimpse of the beauty of Bentota as you cross over the Bentara River (known to locals as Bentota Ganga), with views of the Bentota Bay Beach, there is much to be done and seen in this beautiful town that is a fusion of a resort and rural town. On the coast, you will find beautiful sandy beaches dotted with hotels and resorts, but further inland, you are able to appreciate the beauty of rural Sri Lanka and its greenery.
The coasts, dotted with coconut palms tree makes for a beautiful setting as you taking in the sea, sun and sand. Easily one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, Bentota offers a plethora of holiday attractions including beach water sports during the months of calm seas (between the months of November to April),where you can indulge in wind surfing, diving, sailing, water skiing, deep sea fishing and more. The prime diving site in Betota is Canoe Rock with beautiful coral formations.
Move away from the beach and explore the Bentota bay lagoon and the Bentota River such as jet-skiing, parasailing, or even a relaxing river safari. You can travel further inland to experience the rural side of Bentota as well as some of the neighbouring attractions. Visit the Brief Garden, renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa’s holiday estate home that is open to for tours as well as accommodation. Other religious and cultural attractions would be the Galapatha Raja Maha Vihare Buddhist temple that features various stone inscriptions and carvings, and more!
Head over to Kosgoda to take in the Turtle Hatchery, where you can learn more about the five species of turtles that make their way to the beaches of Sri Lanka. The Green Turtle, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley are the five turtle species that visit Sri Lanka; there are seven species around the world and five visit Sri Lanka to lay their eggs.