Bentota was one of the first places to develop as a tourist resort area in Sri Lanka. The key factors contributing to this was the beautiful sandy beaches, the close proximity to the capital as well as the south of the country and not to forget the Bentara ganga , the river that borders one side of the town.
Being a popular tourist hotspot there are many things to do in Bentota. Given its immense popularity, it’s no surprise that there are a large number of tourist hotels that have come up in the area. The accreditation available ranges from small home stays to luxury hotels. One such hotel that has left a mark on past travelers is AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa. The hotel provides unparalleled luxury and comfort and opens its doors to the great oceans and the sandy beaches.
The Bentota River has also become the hub of many water sport activities as well as the popular river safaris. The river safari on this beautiful beach is a perfect way to explore the waters to find some of the most picturesque sites on the banks and in the waters. An early morning river safari on the river takes you through the mangroves, which are a vital part of the ecosystem around this area. Here you will come to meet many forms of wild life and beautiful birds. The journey in itself is calming. Some of the wild life one could spot are the water lizards and monitors and other such amphibians. The safari also takes you past river side villages and one of the exciting things to do on such a safari is you get to hold baby crocodiles that villagers on the riverside have.
Apart from the safari there are also things such as water sports to do on the river. Popular activities include jet skiing, wind surfing and banana boating.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+