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Top Things to do in Bentota – Exploring Sri Lanka's Favourite Southern City

Everybody loves Bentota; probably because it has amazing beaches and some all rounded attractions in close proximity. To truly do justice to this city, below are some top things to enjoy here.

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Bask in the Beaches

Bask in the Beaches

Bentota does have some truly tranquil coastlines that are perfect for those looking for all sorts of beach based adventures. Adorned with golden sands and heavenly waters, these beaches are ideal for some authentic beach fun that comprises of delving in the waters and savouring the feel. You could also just lounge here and read a book, play volleyball, build sandcastles with your kids; the possibilities are truly endless. Many Sri Lanka beach hotels are located along these coasts. If not for Bentota you could also choose to stay in adjacent coastal towns such as Beruwala where you will find accommodation options such as Cinnamon Bey Beruwala.

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Indulge in Water sports

Indulge in Water sports

Water sports are lots of fun and no matter what age group you belong to, you are bound to have an amazing time experiencing the wild side of Bentota's waters. Offering a series of exciting activities here you get a chance to be thrown across the surface of the water in a couple of exciting moves, that you are bound to get a good adrenaline rush with it. Jet skiing is perhaps the most thrilling of them all but that's probably because it is the fastest sport in comparison to its peers. Other similar water sports you can enjoy in Bentota include banana boat and donut rides, and several others. The names may sound strange but the concept is pretty much the same.

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Visit the Turtle Hatcheries

Visit the Turtle Hatcheries

The South of Sri Lanka is famous for its turtle conservation projects and the many hatcheries found here are testament to the fact. The closest one to Bentota is the Induruwa Turtle Farm that is located in the outskirts of the city. Here you can see, touch and even enjoy a chance to carry some turtles. The main aim of this hatchery is to promote conservation of these species since they are fast depleting from the Indian Ocean. At this particular turtle hatchery every stage of the turtle's life cycle is beautifully displayed and some of the rarest varieties are even cared for here.

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Get a Dose of Spirituality at the Kande Viharaya Temple

Get a Dose of Spirituality at the Kande Viharaya Temple

A highly venerated temple, the Kande Viharaya showcases the spiritual side of Bentota and is located in Aluthgama which is just a couple of kilometres from Bentota. Housing the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world the temple attracts a number of visitors from both Sri Lanka and other parts of the world. The Kande Viharaya was constructed in 1734 by the Ven. Dedduwa Dhammananda Thero and to this day the ambience of tranquillity is strongly evident in this temple. As a result visitors tend to enjoy a soothing experience while walking through this sacred place of worship.

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