Bentota is the prime beach resort town of South Western Sri Lanka. Located approximately one and half hours drive from Colombo, it provides a perfect location for a family holiday. The legendary River Bentara flows into the Indian Ocean at Bentota, forming a lagoon to the north of the town. River Bentara and lagoon set up the widest array of water sports among coastal resorts of Sri Lanka.


Bentota is one of the most popular places for extended holidays at the beach due to the wide range of hotels, facilities and amenities for tourists. The accomodation options at Bentota ranges from luxury to budget hotels.


November to April is the season at Bentota Beach. This time of the year is ideal for snorkeling, diving, sailing, wind surfing, deep sea fishing and water skiing. The calm sea makes safe swimming conditions and thus it attracts people for a family holiday. Generally warm waters throughout the year offers visitors the opportunity for scuba diving and snorkeling. The principal dive site is Canoe Rock. A short boat trip could take you to a dive over the coral reefs.

Bentota Attractions

Induruwa -


Located immediately south of Bentota - offshore reef and safe swimming beach.


Kosgoda -


Community based turtle hatchery. Out of 7 species of marine turtles in existance, Sri Lanka have 5.


Galapatha Buddhist Temple -


Historic temple with stone incriptions, stone caving, pillars, ponds and throghs from medieval period


Brief Garden -


Wonderful landscape garden created by Bevis Bava - famous landscape artist.


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