For ardent fans of water sports and culture buffs who would have no hesitation in riding a tuk-tuk to reach their destination, beautiful Bentota accommodates a host of whims and fancies.
When to go
The period covering November through April is by far, the most favourable time to come along to Bentota as the weather will be extremely conducive to stepping out of your room.
Pay a visit to Bentota Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya
Found 3km inland and by the waters of the Bentota River is the Bentota Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya which has a proud history that goes back to the 12th century AD. Replete with a 25-foot reclining statue of the Buddha, the shrine consists of a stone doorway, wooden pillars, a series of statues & murals coupled with detailed carvings that refer to the Kandyan period. A good time to visit the Viharaya would be during August when a colourful parade takes to the streets of Bentota.
Unleash the water sports fanatic
Whether you want to learn a new hobby or master the fine art of water skiing or windsurfing, the inviting stretch referred to as Bentota Beach will see to it that you have the time of your life. While surfing and windsurfing are only possible between November and April, the remaining facilities can be availed of with no fuss whatsoever. For a more laidback outing, look no further than going on a boat ride on Bentota River where vistas of mangrove swamps and coconut trees bent under the weight of the wind will warmly greet you. Also, if you are looking for a good place to stay, then consider Bentota No 1 which offers gracious hospitality in one of the most unique Bentota villas on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.
Explore town in a tuk-tuk
Travelling in a tuk-tuk will give you an excellent chance to comb through local villages and pause by boutiques and roadside stalls for some fresh king coconut juice or a cuppa of plain black tea.