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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