Sun, sand and surf abound at the popular south coast destination of Bentota in Sri Lanka where a beachside getaway can be as relaxing or adventure-filled as you desire!
Chilling at the Beach
The beach is one of the main allures here and it’s no surprise that in Bentota, hotel and resort options along the shore are very popular. You can spend your days just lying back on the soft sand, soaking up the sun and depending on the season, enjoying a refreshing dip in the ocean too.
Thrilling Water Sports
This destination is also known as Sri Lanka’s water sports capital and properties the likes of Avani Bentota Resort give you plenty of opportunities to have fun in the water. Be it at sea or the nearby river, wakeboarding, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing and banana boat rides are on offer, while diving can be enjoyed here too.
Those looking to experience some local culture can visit such sites as the Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya, a historic Buddhist temple and Lunuganga, the beautifully designed country estate of architect Geoffrey Bawa. You can also head to the Sea Turtles Conservation Research Project to see turtle conservation in action.
Bentota makes an ideal base for south coast excursions as well be it to the nearby Brief Garden designed by Geoffrey Bawa’s brother Bevis or the ancient Kande Viharaya with its huge Buddha statue. You can also embark on a Madu River safari to spot wildlife or visit Cinnamon Island to learn more about a traditional cinnamon plantation.