Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka, located in the Galle District of the Southern Province. It is most famous for watersports, Ayurveda and for its toddy productions. It is also a popular gateway for many Sri Lankans due to the easy access from Colombo.
Calm seas during the season from November to April make Bentota Beach ideal for snorkelling, diving, sailing, wind surfing, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing on a traditional outrigger canoe. If speed is one of those cravings of yours, then Bentota offers jet ski and water-ski opportunities on the lagoon.
Kosgoda is approximately 8km drive from Bentota and is home to a community based turtle hatchery and turtle watching project set up by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) in association with the Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka. Out of 7 7 species of marine turtles in existence, Sri Lanka is visited by five of them.
In Bentota you will get the opportunity of fishing on a traditional outrigger canoe in the bountiful Indian ocean. Deep sea fishing require an early start, fisherman recommends a kick start around 6 am.
A wide range of scuba diving and snorkelling stores are found in the vicinity of The Bentota town, also number of certified professionals holding the PADI certification providing equipment, assistance and guidance to diving enthusiasts.
The main diving site is called Canoe Rock with sandy bottoms and as well as coral formations. There is also night diving facility available with certain diving operators, creating a perfect opportunity diving enthusiast out there.
Approximately 9 kilometres away from Bentota, is the famous fish market in Beruwala. Market comes to live from as early as 5.30 am and only last till about 8 am, until the night catch auctioned off to retailed sellers.
About 10 kilometres inland from Bentota, lays the 05 acres property of Late Mr. Bevis Bawa, a renowned planter, soldier, a landscape architect and a governor of Sri Lanka (1903 – 1992).Brief Garden is the legendary garden and country home of Bevis Bawa, opened to public since 1970, a must-see for the landscape designers and enthusiasts.
This impeccable landscape architect splendour holds over 106 different kinds of trees and hundreds of other flora creating a wonderful site to witness.
Lunu Ganga State is one of the most famous works of Geoffrey Bawa, brother of Bevis Bawa. Geoffrey Bawa have a huge impact on Sri Lankan architecture, to this day. Lunu Ganga is a country home set in sprawling lake side garden estate. The garden and the country home spans for about 15 acres, with every inch thoroughly planned out to pack lot of history, art and nature. Garden is open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm daily with an entrance fee payable at the gate.