The tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka has many spectacular locales for you to visit, but one of the most consistently popular is Bentota. Although it is a small coastal town, the Bentota area is the watersports capital of Sri Lanka and contains some of the island’s best beaches. As a result there are many accommodation options to choose from, encompassing budget options or Jetwing Kurulubedda if you’re looking for a boutique hotel Sri Lanka has to offer.
One of the most essential things to do in Bentota is embarking on a river safari. The river in Bentota is famous for being a safe-haven for various species of birds as well as creatures like crocodiles. Sightings of the latter however are quite rare since many believe there are only about two in the actual river. You are more likely to come across water monitors, who can grow large enough to resemble a crocodile but won’t pose much of a threat. The birds are spectacular and attract countless binocular-brandishing bird-watchers.
There’s even a temple situated on a small islet on the Bentota River and this should definitely be a stop during your river safari. The temple was built sometime during the 12th century but was destroyed by the Dutch during the 16th century. The temple has since been rebuilt and the new edifice bears a more modern look compare to the structure that was present initially. The temple contains a massive twenty-five-feet-long statue of the Buddha as well as drawings depicting a mythical creeper whose flowers resemble dancing girls.
When procuring a boat ride, be vigilant of beach boys who will charge more than double the usual price. There are many professional boat services located throughout the area and the standard price for a three hour round trip is about 1500LKR.
The Bentota River safari is definitely something not to be missed if you find yourself in the Bentota/Aluthgama area.
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