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Bentota Beach

An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.



Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo

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Traveller Tales from Bentota

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Sakina Hararwala

10 May 2018

"Our tour guide was dimendu, a very helpful person"

Top Bentota Attractions

What You Should Know More About Bentota

  • Q. About the description

    Bentota is a Sri Lankan city the name of which is taken from a mythical demon ‘Ben’ who ruled the tota or the river banks. Heading southwards from Beruwela, you reach Bentota. It is situated approximately 62 km south of Colombo. This is an exotic beach located along the Colombo- Galle road. The lagoons here stretch along the beach adding a glimpse of serenity accredited to its archipelago rich in bird life and tropical greenery.  

    The beautiful city is adorned by a serene atmosphere and towering palm trees. Many tourists take the city as a combined excursion with Columbo and Beruwela. Locals from Columbo head to Bentota for an ideal weekend getaway. Here, the local population is predominantly composed of the Singhalese Buddhists.

    Bentota is also a fitting hideout for tourists owing to the diverse accommodation options right from resorts to stays keeping in view varying budgets. You can also find a myriad of Ayurveda treatments and umpteen number of water sports and adventure activities leaving the adrenaline driven people spoilt for choice. This phenomenal tourist place offers you snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing on the estuaries or rivers, parasailing, scuba diving along with a host of other activities to keep you engaged.  


  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Never indulge in any form of malpractices here.

    • Though Sri Lanka is terrorist prone but that does not mean that it is unsafe to travel. You can definitely plan a travel at any time of the year just ensure that whenever you travel there is no civil unrest happening in the country.

    • Do ensure to give equal importance to the local culture and traditions.

    • Never get into any physical or verbal spat with anyone.

    • Girls be particular about your clothes. You cannot dress in shorts or skimpy clothes everywhere. It is always a safe practice to avoid dressing in clothes that call for unnecessary attention.

    • Nudity is not allowed in Bentota.

    • Bentota is prone to mosquitoes, flies and insects. So, make sure you carry a strong repellant with you.

    • If you have any health issue, make sure you carry the necessary medications with you.

    • Pack a first aid box for sure.

    • Do not take pictures in temples or religious places.
      Filming with licenses is illegal.

    • If you are prohibited from entering a particular zone, area or place, abide by that.

    • Always carry with you a copy of your Passport, Visa and other necessary documents.

    • Never flash your valuables in public.

    • Don’t leave your valuables in the hotel.

    • Enquire about room safe whenever you book a hotel.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking in Bentota City is 21 years.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Brief Garden  

    Brief garden in Bentota city has an exquisite landscape. The houses in the garden are inspired by Japanese culture and tradition. Even the laws are inspired from the ancient colonial days. One can visit this beautiful garden from 8am to 5pm on any day of the week.

    Bentota Beach

    Bentota Beach is the perfect place to get some relaxation while on your holidays. The beach has some interesting water sports activities that you can indulge in. There are some lavish resorts near the beach and they have great facilities if you are planning to stay there.

    Turtle Hatchery Project

    This is one of the best places to enjoy the gift of mother nature. There are up to five endangered species of turtles in this calm environment. The turtles hatch their eggs and bloom in a protected environment before they are set free. The entry fee is around 500 Sri Lankan rupees.

    Cinnamon Island  

    One shouldn’t miss this place while on a tour to Bentota. This place is a popular tourist attraction and there is a cinnamon plantation set in the island which is being looked by a single family for generations. In this place, you will get to learn the process about cinnamon and its uses.  

    Kande Vihare temple

    This is one of the most iconic temples of Sri Lanka because it has the country's tallest Gautam Buddha statue here. There are various spots inside the temple that are famous for the historical significance that they have. There is a Bo tree along with four major Maha Devalas and various ancient relics too.

  • Q. What will like you like there?

    Cycle track

    One can explore and enjoy the beauty of the city by cycling through it. There are various cycling tracks across beautiful paddy fields, a 125 years old Katu Kohila temple, Dutch architectural houses, the Mullegoda temple and the Dedduwa lake.

    Walking trail

    One can enjoy the beautiful scenic trekking routes across pleasant paddy fields and explore the village life. The trek covers Katukohila temple with its Dagaba, the temple is located at the highest point of the elevation in the Aturuwella area. The best time to visit this temple is during evening as it lets you enjoy the beautiful sunset. The houses are built according to Dutch architectural styles. Towards the end of your journey, you get to see the beautiful marshy lands with a variety of birds.

    Water sports

    Bentota is famous for its water sports and similar activities. One should never miss this fun while visiting the place. You can enjoy popular water sports like water skiing, jet skiing, mono skiing, wakeboarding, banana boat ride, windsurfing and canoeing.

    Diving

    Diving is another water activity that can be done in the city of Bentota. You will find many agencies and tour packages that include diving among the enlisted activities. If you are someone interested in such water activities, you will definitely love the options available in the city. Having a bunch of friends or family members do these activities along with you will certainly enhance the enjoyment.   


  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website: 

    Sri Lanka Tourism

    Forum: 

    TripAdvisor Travel Forum