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Best Time: November - April Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Bandaranayake International Airport Check Flights

"For Beaches, Parties and Water Sports!"

Bentota Tourism

Bentota is a rural, beach and resort town located in the southern part of Sri Lanka, around 62 kms from the capital city, Colombo. Bentota is famously known for the Bentota Beach, which is loved by tourists and locals alike. The town known for its pristine waters and lush green landscapes, with the dominance of tall palm trees. Interestingly, the name ‘Bentota’ is derived from Ben, a demon who once ruled the Tota or river bank.

The crystal clear Bentota river lies north of the town. Along it is Sri Lanka’s most famous resort, Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex. This resort is the most luxurious and most visited holiday resort in the country. Bentota Beach provides a range of water sports including snorkelling and scuba diving.

Local and international tourists make Bentota a part of their itinerary because of the breathtakingly beautiful landscape that predominates the town. The town is in shades of green along with the blue waters, which are a visual treat. This beautiful view makes Bentota a favourite weekend getaway from Colombo, Beruwala, etc.

Apart from this, the prime importance of the coastal town is in its toddy production, which is an alcoholic beverage made from coconut nectar, and the rejuvenating Ayurveda therapies that the scenic village offers. Bentota also has some enterprising tourist attractions, like Bentota beach, a few turtle hatcheries, Brief Garden, and five local temples. Bentota also has an airport, named Bentota River Airport and the local population is predominantly Sinhalese Buddhists. 

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Water Sports in Bentota

Bentota Bay Beach offers all the popular water sports, like snorkelling, windsurfing, water skiing, diving and swimming, and deep sea fishing on traditional outrigger canoes. A recent addition to the list of water sports in Bentota is scuba diving which has increased the number of tourists significantly.

Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex

Bentota National Holiday Resort is the most popular beach resort in Sri Lanka. This resort overlooks the pristine Bentota river has luxurious amenities and sports activities. It is, unsurprisingly, a tourists’ favourite resort in Sri Lanka, and an exciting weekend getaway.

Sightseeing in Bentota

Bentota is known for the famous Bentota Bay Beach, a couple of turtle hatcheries, Brief gardens designed by the renowned landscape architect, and local Buddhist temples. Scenic landscapes and holy waters predominate Bentota. With all this and more, in general, spending a few days in this town is a pleasure to the senses.

History of Bentota

Bentota has got its name from a mythical story of a demon named Ben who ruled Tota or water bank. This town is along the southern bank of river Bentota, which is of historical importance. It was a critical Portuguese hub, who have also built a famous fort here.

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