It is the jewel of Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Its pristine coastal stretch has endless golden beaches, and the lagoon has a wealth of biodiversity. Bentota resorts are some of the most stylish you find on the island, offering luxurious pampering in the sun. There’s plenty of opportunity for adrenaline-filled water sports here. Madu River, which runs through the town, is a paradise for exotic discovery. Its mangroves, islands, bird-life, and cinnamon plantations on the banks create relaxing river cruises. You can also go on an architectural journey here as it was the home of Geoffery Bawa, the architecture genius. His Lunuganga country home is an excellent testimony to his skill. Bentota Sri Lanka nightlife by the ocean is also an exhilarating experience.
- Go diving in the waters off Bentota to see colourful corals and schools of fish.
- The coastal formation of Bentota allows bountiful fishing expeditions in the sea and river.
- Cinnamon Island has a century-old cinnamon plantation and carries out cinnamon processing.
- Kande Vihare temple dating back to 1700s sits on a hilltop and has a giant Buddha statue.
- Moragalla beach has 20 varieties of mangrove trees and is ideal for water sports or to unwind.
Best Times to Visit
Bentota is a year-round destination.
Water skiing, jet skiing, mono skiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and snorkelling are popular water sports here.
Madu Ganga Safari
Cruise along Madu River that features 64 islands, wetland creatures, the most unspoilt mangrove forests, and a 200year old Buddhist temple.
The magnificent estate and country home of famous architect Geoffrey Bawa is a rare treat for nature lovers and architecture connoisseurs alike.
This 20acre property and country home of landscaper Bevis Bawa, brother of Geoffrey Bawa, consists of exotic flora, sculptures, and paintings.
Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
This conservation project does not hold turtles in captivity. Turtles lay eggs on the beach, and baby turtles are cared for until they are ready to swim.
Situated on the south bank of Bentota River is this 12th Century Buddhist temple with a maze of tunnels, murals, stone carvings, and an ancient dagoba.
Where to Shop in Bentota
The nearby Ambalangoda town offers traditional arts and crafts products, while Bentota Bazaar has souvenir items, Batik textiles, and more. He nearby Meetiyagoda town is famous for its moonstones.
Where to Eat in Bentota
Diya Sisila, Randholee, Bollywood Masala, Frangipani, Rock Beach, Malli’s, Golden Grill, Pier 88 River Bar, and Breeze are some of the best Bentota restaurants to seek out sumptuous meals.
Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.
Cinnamon Bentota Beach
Club Villa Bentota
It has undergone various changes over the years, with additions by notable architects such as Channa Daswatta, Chevadurai Anjalendran, and a well-known painter Laki Senanayake, who creates an amazingly detailed painting of Srilanka’s famous rainforest Sinharaja.
Enjoy a choice of gorgeously appointed rooms, spaciously elegant interiors, and sprawling gardens set against the backdrop of the ocean. Come discover escapism at its finest, delivered with attentive, personalised service and inimitable savoir faire.
Taj Bentota Resort and Spa
Taj Bentota Resort & Spa is 60 km from South Colombo. It is approximately 90 km from Bandaranaike International Airport. Guests who drive can enjoy free parking.