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Things to Do Around Bentota - An Entrancing Locality

The coastal town of Bentota in Sri Lanka is always an appealing place to visit. If you visit Bentota you will find a number of interesting things to do that will appeal to the curious visitor.

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Bentota River Safari

Bentota River Safari

Visitors to Bentota will be enthralled by an enjoyable river safari that you can undertake on the attractive Bentota River. This river which is considered to be among the largest in the nation presents an appealing environment for a pleasing river safari. Your safari trip will take you to the well-known local mangrove areas and provide opportunities for you to observe a myriad of river birds as well as water monitors; you may even spot a rare crocodile. As part of your safari experience, you may have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch of rice and curry in a typical local village. You may even have the chance to experience a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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Kande Viharaya Temple

Kande Viharaya Temple

This well-known Buddhist temple is always a pleasant place to visit. One of its attractions is the huge 48 m seated Buddha statue which has the distinction of being the tallest of its kind on the globe. You will see that thousands of Buddhist devotees visit the temple in search of spiritual solace from the worries and troubles of everyday life. Visitors are sure to be struck by the serenity and tranquility of this temple which always makes a positive impression on the sightseer. Even if you are not a Buddhist the tranquil ambiance of this place of worship will provide a calming and soothing effect for the visitor.

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Sapugoda Viharaya

Sapugoda Viharaya

This is another well-known temple in the area that will attract the interest of the sightseer. This place of worship is well-known for its splendid old paintings that can be found within its image house. A highlight in the temple compound is the makara thorana, or decorative archway, which features typical Buddhist ornamentation. A second makara thorana which is noted for featuring a crown and a symbol of the state is similarly highly regarded. Several other aspects of interest may be observed at this temple. As you experience the attractions of the area a choice of accommodation that you might consider would be one of the hotels in Bentota, Sri Lanka like the attractively located Bentota Beach by Cinnamon.

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Brief Garden

Brief Garden

This attractive garden which was designed by Bevis Bawa, an eminent landscape artist was formerly only a rubber estate. Visitors will see that this expansive garden is a magnificent creation, featuring a host of lovely elements such as nooks, alcoves, garden sculptures and bowers. You will notice that the gardens are encircled by growths of bamboo. Brief Garden has been subdivided and meticulously landscaped in accordance with various themes with a Japanese-style water garden being amongst its attractions. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Bawa's residence which boasts many features of interest including antique wooden furniture, sculptures, paintings and wall hangings.

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Turtle Conservation

Turtle Conservation

Visitors to Bentota who love animals will be captivated by the well-known local turtle hatchery. These turtle hatcheries were created in order to promote the conservation of endangered turtles by rescuing and protecting their eggs. The eggs of these marine turtles are bought from local fishermen and reburied in the sand; when the baby turtles hatch they are collected and later released into the ocean waters. At the hatchery, visitors will have the opportunity to involve themselves in releasing the baby turtles which is done at nighttime. Visiting the turtle hatchery is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience.