At a glance

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.

Hidden Gems

  • 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.

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.

The Route

Best Times to Visit

Bentota is a year-round destination.