Bentota is one of those classic beach resort towns that just never go out of style. It is a key stop along the islands south coast, and you’ll find you won’t lack for art, culture, tropical modernist architecture, nature, waters ports, and great cuisine.
The Bawa Story
Bentota is home to Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect and the father of tropical modernism, Geoffrey Bawa; his country estate Lunuganga and Brief Gardens which belong to his Brother Bevis Bawa are open to visitors with a keen interest in architecture and landscaping.
Art and Culture
Bentota is the place to see authentic Sri Lankan masks, which play a big role in the islands performing arts traditions. Make a stop at a mask museum or at artisan shops where you can watch craftsmen at work.
Water Based Activities
The list is endless; boat rides along the Madu Ganga amidst lush mangroves which take you to villages that harvest cinnamon, kayaking, fishing trips, speed boats and much more. There are also several 5-star hotels in Bentota that offer a range of fun water-based activities, such as Cinnamon Bentota Beach for example.
Temples and Turtles
Bentota has plenty of beautiful temples, its most revered being the 12th century Galapata Vihare, which boast a maze of underground tunnels that connect various temple within one compound. All along the coast, you’ll find plenty of turtle hatcheries and sanctuaries that help protect eggs of nesting sea turtles.