Bentota is located in southern coastal tip of the Galle District, Sri Lanka. The name of the city comes from a mythological story that dates back to the ancient time, when the country was ruled by Kings. Despite the fact that Bentota was largely damaged by Tsunami in 2004, it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The population of Bentota is estimated around 25,000 to 50,000. The beautiful city is popular for its watersports, famous Sri Lankan Jeweler Aida, ancient art of Ayurveda and production of Toddy. Bentota also contains world famous hotels.
Tourist Attractions in Bentota
The Brief Garden in Bentota is famous for its several unique features such as alcoves, nooks, bowers and garden sculptures. Apart from that, it is also known for its beautiful surroundings.
The Wanawasa Raja Maha Viharaya
The Wanawasa Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist Temple. It is one of the important temples in Sri Lanka, because of its huge building that consists of statues, paintings, and an impressive imitation of Adam's peak.
Galapata Vihara is also a temple. It was built way back in 12th century. It is assumed that it was constructed by King Parakramabahu, who built the kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Tourists always love to visit Galapata Vihara Temple, while making their trip to Bentota.
Bentota River Boat Safaris
Bentota River Boat Safaris should not be missed while on a trip to Sri Lanka. The Safaris are usually arranged in the premises of Bentota Beach Hotel, starting from the end part of the Bentota River, close to the Bentota Bridge, to inland. Cruising along the River would be a nice experience, as you will get to see some of the exotic aquatic birds like herons, kingfishers, cormorants along with the crocodiles that wade through the water.
Bentota is one of the best places for water sports in Sri Lanka. At this place, visitors can entertain themselves by opting for various water sports such as water-skiing, diving, windsurfing, wave boarding, and banana-boating speed boating, deep sea fishing and jet-skiing.