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One of the oldest beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Bentota has developed into a beautiful and tranquil place to stay.  The sea here is calm and the gorgeous beach is endless, stretching many kilometers north and south.  Many of the island’s luxury hotels are located in Bentota and it’s easy to see why.

 

Whether it’s beach holidays to Bentota or a sandy extension at the end of your Sri Lanka tour, we highly recommend this beautiful resort. Located just 65km south of Colombo and reached by a beautiful scenic coastal road, it’s an experience just to arrive.  And once you do, you won’t be disappointed. With its fabulous location and ease of access, Bentota caters for all types of tourists on all types of budgets.  If snorkeling, diving, sailing or windsurfing are your thing, then we would recommend travelling between November and April as the seas are a little calmer during this time.  Likewise, these calmer waters attract a great number of turtles to the areas around Bentota, so if this is something you’d like to experience, visiting between the months of January to April is recommended.  

 

If eating delicious Sri Lankan food is one of your priorities, you've chosen well, as you’ll be able to experience some fantastic local cuisine here. Not surprisingly, due to its coastal location, Bentota’s top restaurants specialise in a great selection of seafood dishes, some with more simple street locations, others which offer more unique and upmarket dining experiences.  Whatever you choose, as long as your palate is flexible, you won’t be disappointed! 

 

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Snorkelling in Bentota

 

 

Snorkelling in Bentota

Sri Lanka is lucky enough to be surrounded by the glorious Indian Ocean and therefore benefits from seas with shallow reefs housing an abundance of coral and marine life. Snorkeling is a great and safe way to explore these shallower areas around the Island, without the use of diving equipment or extensive training and Bentota is one of the best locations for snorkeling. The sea is warm throughout the year, but the calmest waters are usually experienced between the months of November and April where visibility will be at its best.

The Sea Turtle Research And Convention Centre

 

The Sea Turtle Research And Convention Centre

If you’d like to visit one of the many turtle hatcheries that have been set up along the southwest coast to protect turtle eggs until they hatch, then it’s worth heading south to Kosgoda and to the Victor Hasslebad Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Centre. This centre does some amazing work to ensure the protection and release of thousands of baby turtles into the sea each year. Open every day between 10am-5pm, you can visit the project and learn about a turtle’s natural life cycle and if you’re lucky hold a baby turtle in your hand!

 
Shopping For Souvenirs

 

Shopping For Souvenirs

Whether its batiks, traditional masks and handicrafts, hats and clothes, brassware and wooden ornaments or semi-precious and precious gem stones, there will be many souvenirs and gifts available for you to buy and take home from Bentota. The Sunflower Arts and Craft Centre in Bentota is a great place to visit, as is the shopping complex at the National Holiday Resort, where on Mondays a bustling market is held.

 
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Hire A Bike

There are some great cycle routes in and around Bentota, whether you decide to cycle by yourself or part of a tour group. There are many quiet, flat roads with plenty of shade that will take you through the nearby villages, coconut and rubber plantations and possibly to some local temples. Exploring the local area and countryside by bicycle really will give a different perspective on the region. Beware of the bus drivers on the main roads though!

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