Are you looking for the perfect beach-side getaway? Then, look no further than the beautiful Bentota beach. Situated 60 kilometres to the south of Colombo, Bentota is a bustling town that promises visitors a glimpse into life in a typical Sri Lankan coastal town. While Bentota’s pristine beach remains its most famous attraction offering a wonderful backdrop for many a beachside Bentota hotel, Bentota has a host of interesting places to see, so don’t hesitate to leave the beach and take a tour of this thriving resort town.
A few kilometres from AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa lie the clear waters of the Bentota River. Less than 100 kilometres long, the wide Bentota River is a favourite haunt for water sport enthusiasts who enjoy spending an afternoon jet-skiing across its waters. Embark on a riverboat excursion and admire the River’ lush surroundings and abundant wildlife. Don’t hesitate to visit the Sea Turtle Protection Association to watch conservationist at work who will even allow you to release the rescued turtles to the sea. Also visit the 12th century Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara, one of Sri Lanka’s most spiritual and important Buddhist temples and be enthralled by the centuries-old sculptures and stone inscriptions.
Visit the famous Brief Garden in Bentota and witness the past glory of one of Sri Lanka’s most respected families. Situated 10 kilometres from Bentota’s commercial area, this five acre property is an idyllic getaway from the busy Bentota town. Occupied by Bevis Bawa, brother of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, Brief Garden welcomes visitors daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m to take a tour of its beautiful landscaped gardens and cozy bungalow. However it is the Lunuganga Garden that steals the show! Once belonging to Geoffrey Bawa himself, Lunuganga outshines Brief Garden in size and grandeur. Guided tours of the vast 25 acre river-side property allow visitors to admire the aesthetic landscaped garden and bungalow which showcases its owner’s artistic vision. Known for its collections of antiques and unique European art, a proud legacy of its art-loving owners, Brief Garden and Lunuganga are true national treasures.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world. Google+