A convenient holiday destination for the native traveller, Bentota is requires a less than two-hour drive from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Its beach paired with its established reputation for water sports, Bentota is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country.
A favourite of the native and the global traveller, Bentota is an interesting city with a number of various attractions.
Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara
Situated near the Benthara River, the Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara traces its origins to the early Anuradhapura Kingdom. It is believed that the temple was built by King Saddhatissa, brother of the great King Dutugemunu. The temple is of much religious importance as it houses the tooth relic of Arahat Maha Kassapa Thera, a disciple of Lord Buddha.
The Bentota Beach
The Bentota Beach is synonymous with the region itself. A delight for the international holidaymaker, the Bentota Beach is where you unwind days on end on its warm banks. The beach is noted to for its cleanliness and its friendly shores.
A retreat for the artsy vacationer, Brief Garden belongs to Bewis Bawa, brother of the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. The gardens maintain a novice image of unkempt and is indeed delight to wander around. Equally delightful is his house that bears a number of artworks.
The Bentota River
Inviting you to have the time of your life, the ripples of the Bentota river provides for the ultimate vacationing fun. Banana boat rides to kayaking, the river is a haunt for the local adventurist.
If your thirst to explore has not been quenched, an excursion to Lunuganga should do the trick. Another enigmatic contribution by Geoffrey Bawa, Lunuganga was his country home. Influenced by the renaissance architecture, the gardens are a spectacular treat for visitors.