A trickle of water that commences from the centre of the country flourishes into a river and irrigates the entire stretch of land it passes before splashing into the Indian Ocean at the Bentota Lagoon just yards away from AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa. The natural beauty of the area and its proximity to the commercial capital of Colombo draws a large crowd of tourists throughout the year; hence, you would find many places to convert into your home for a few days.
Staying at a hotel Bentota Sri Lanka isn’t mainstream where you simply spend endless hours on the porch of your chalet or on the beach or in the pool. It is an exciting experience where you do have the opportunity to sunbathe and swim while also jet skiing, taking a boat ride, seeing the mangroves and visiting a number of iconic sites such as the Brief Garden, Richmond Castle, Lunuganga and much more.
The much spoken of Bentota River Safari can be arranged either through your hotel or at a number of places in the city where boats are for hire. Once you get a good deal for yourself, hop in with a few supplies and your camera and feast your eyes to the sights you see while on board. The river swerves a couple of times at the initial stages but then becomes a steady stretch where you will see mangroves, freshwater creatures, birds and some gorgeous green trees on either side. The ride could be anything between one and a half to two and a half hours depending on what you request. You will notice that the river becomes narrower as it moves deeper into the country but it is one convenient way to see a cross section of Sri Lankan life as well as feel the difference in the weather.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.