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Must Visit Places in Bentota – Popular Coastal Resort

Bentota is one of the most famous coastal resorts on the southern shores of Sri Lanka. Apart for sandy beaches there are many historical and culturally rich sites to visit around the town.

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Malubanna Activities Centre

Malubanna Activities Centre

The Malubanna Centre which in local dialect means 'to bring in the fish' offers a load of activities to tourists eager to participate in local rituals and attractions. Deep sea fishing allows the fisherman or woman in you to enjoy some time out on the bountiful waters of the Indian Ocean. An experienced guide takes visitors on the expedition to the most plenteous spots for a lucrative fishing tour.

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Bicycle Rides to Villages

Bicycle Rides to Villages

This activity also offered by the above centre is a fascinating way of observing tranquil village life. The relaxing cycle rides take you into the rustic fisher villages where observing local traditions is quite popular. Chat to the locals and discover an eccentric and time honoured way of life at these serene no fuss villages of Bentota.

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River Safari

River Safari

The Madu Ganga River safari is quite popular when in town; the vast river is home to a large number of little islets some no more than stone outcrops. On one of the islands you can observe an ancient shrine dedicated to an unknown deity but still surviving the test of time. Further along the verdant river you will come to an ancient temple based on one of the islands while the trill of birds and splash of lazy monitor lizards descending into the water fills the environs. Some islands are home to ancient cinnamon cultivations while the lush banks are full of exotic foliage and wildlife. Must visit sites include the Kande Viharaya home to a giant Buddha statue.

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Turtle Hatchery

Turtle Hatchery

The Koggala Turtle Hatchery not far from Bentota is quite a treat; there you will come across turtles of all ages. Turtle eggs are carefully collected and hatched in a safe environment until fit to be released to sea. Further strengthening the conservative efforts the hatchery harbours injured and maimed adult turtles who cannot survive at sea. The hatchery is home to tanks of wriggling baby turtles and adults of all ages while a candlelit dinner at the hatchery is one of the most popular attractions on offer. For even better ambiance you may want to consider candlelit dinners on the beach as offered by many resorts in Bentota also home to Saman Villas.

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Spend a Lazy Day on Bentota Beach

Spend a Lazy Day on Bentota Beach

The huge stretch of golden sand that makes up popular Bentota Beach is where you can enjoy uninterrupted hours of fun in the sun. One of the best things to do in Bentota is to spend a lazy day at this beach which is very clean and well maintained. There are restaurants and cafes around the area while water sports too are available in plenty.

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Visit the Fish Market

Visit the Fish Market

Bentota is an ancient fisher town and the local fish market is full of local flavour and traditions. Enjoy an early morning visit to the market and watch in fascination as vendors and buyers haggle over fresh fish brought in. Best times to visit are between 5 am to 8.30 am.