Holidays to Bentota put dreamy sands, exciting shoreline activities and relaxed local culture in the limelight.

Beautiful Bentota

You can see why visitors flock to this eye-popping shore on Sri Lanka's south-west coast, but scratch the surface of this surfers' paradise and you'll find plenty of spice. The surrounding green hills are begging to be explored, and captivating wildlife awaits in and out of the sea.

Riverside dishes

Bentota brings relaxation without breaking the bank. Take a sightseeing boat on the Bentota River that flows through town for the chance to spot tree frogs and crocs in the water. Later, you can take your pick of a jumble of eateries specialising in Sri Lankan curries and fresh seafood.

Sea turtles and more

The fun doesn't stop at Bentota's border. Drive 15 minutes south to the nearby Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project to get close-up views of some of nature's cutest endangered swimmers. Or, take a hidden gem of a tour through the surrounding villages in a chauffeured vintage Volkswagen Beetle.

Sand, surf – sorted

Here, the beach reigns supreme. Surf culture's especially healthy in Bentota, accompanied by options like windsurfing and jet-skiing. Sun worshippers and beach nappers, fear not. With over a kilometre of sandy shore to play with, you'll find plenty of quiet hideaways for chilled out paddling and catching up on your holiday read.

At a Glance

  • Marvel at the architecture of the Lunuganga Estate
  • Hunt and haggle for deals at a local market
  • Splash and play with sea turtles at Kosgoda's sanctuary

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