Bentota is one of the most popular exotic beaches along the Colombo-Galle coast, located approximately 65 km from Colombo. With an array of luxury hotels, amenities and facilities to cater to foreign tourists, Bentota is an ideal location for extended holidays at the beach. During the season – between December and April – conditions in Bentota are favourable for safe swimming, fun water sports and exciting excursions.
In addition to the pristine beach, the area is blessed with a river and lagoon, which is perfect for a host of water sports. You will be spoiled for choice here with water skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, parasailing, fishing, wake boarding and canoeing. Boat trips up the river and deep sea fishing trips are also available, depending on weather conditions. Tourists here should also visit the creations of the Bawa brothers of Sri Lanka that are situated nearby – Geoffrey Bawa’s enchanting garden in Lunuganga and Bevis Bawa’s Brief Garden. These gardens are an oasis of tranquillity and reveal unsuspected beauty at every corner.
Just north of Bentota is Beruwela, another popular beach resort on the south west coast. Beruwela’s beach is well-sheltered by palm groves and offers excellent water sports facilities. Other noteworthy sites here include the fishing harbour, lighthouse, Kachimalai Mosque and Galapata Temple. Induruwa is located immediately south of Bentota, and is well known for its offshore reef which is perfect for safe swimming. This small fishing village stretches along a small creek and has gorgeous sandy beaches.
Bentota has several large 5 star luxury hotels which suit families looking for a variety of amenities. The area is also renowned for its intimate boutique hotels and villas. We recommend Avani Bentota, Club Villa, Paradise Road, Rock Villa and Saman Villa for exquisite accommodation in Bentota.