With beaches of gold and waters of blue, Bentota is an amazing holiday spot in Sri Lanka. The beach may be the main attraction, however, there is more to Bentota than just it’s beaches.
How about a jaunt on Bentota river?
Flowing from the hill country and into the vast Indian Ocean, Madu Ganga is for the adventurous heart. Ogle at the mangroves on both sides of the river as you take a cruise across fresh waters. Various animals such as lizards and rare kinds of birds may come out to take a peek at you too. It’s not just the beach here that is great for water sports, but the river too. Parasailing and jet skiing are options to try out on the river.
The renowned architect. Geoffrey Bawa’s sibling, Bevis Bawa was the owner of what is known now as Brief Gardens. The garden is a shady treat for those of you who would like to explore the fantastic landscaping that is displayed here.
The temple on the hill
A place of archaeological and religious significance to Sri Lanka, Kande Viharaya is located inland in Bentota. Here, your eyes will be awed at the serene sight of the huge Buddha statue much treasured by locals. It is believed that visiting and praying at this temple brings in wealth and happiness.
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation project
Visit this amazing place located close by and check out these beautiful creatures. Why not stop by during the day and take this chance to see little hatchlings as well as big old turtles in their natural habitat?
A glimpse at life underwater
Now, this is sure to grab your attention! Bentota is a great spot for diving! If you are staying at a resort in Bentota, for example, hotels like AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa, take a few hours of your time to head over to Canoe Rock, Hundirangala or South Reef to feast your eyes on the brightly coloured coral and schools of fish while taking a dive.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+