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Best Attractions in Bentota – Treasures for the Leisure Lover

The town of Bentota is a popular destination for leisure seekers. Here you will find a number of interesting attractions that will capture the imagination of the sightseer, like those below.


Bentota Beach

The popular Bentota beach is a great place at which to relax and unwind amidst the balmy climate, picturesque surroundings and shimmering waters. Here you will find a beautiful stretch of inviting sands which are bordered by the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean. From this attractive beach which is lined with palm trees, you will have the opportunity to enjoy splendid sea views. Bentota beach is also renowned for the various water sports that you will be able to enjoy here such as diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, jetskiing and parasailing. Bentota beach is always a delightful location to spend quality leisure time.


Brief Garden

If you are interested in beautiful gardens you are sure to be enthralled by the well-known Brief Garden which is situated in proximity to the town of Bentota. You will see that Brief Garden is a meticulously designed and innovative creation that is sure to capture the imagination of the discerning sightseer. Here you will find features such as Japanese themed gardens and attractive lawns that will strike the eye of the visitor. You will see that many of the elements of Brief Garden have been inspired by the colonial era of Sri Lanka. This garden was at one time the residence of the well-known designer Bevis Bawa.


Kande Vihara

Culture lovers visiting the Bentota area will be captivated by the famed temple known as Kande Vihara. This well-known temple which draws a steady stream of devotees, as well as sightseers, is always an interesting religious attraction to visit. This temple also has the distinction of housing the tallest Buddha statue to be found in the entirety of Sri Lanka. Beneath this statue, you will find the temple's popular image house which features numerous paintings and murals depicting scenes from Buddhist literature. The temple also contains various other features that will draw the interest of the sightseer.


Turtle Hatchery

If you are a nature or animal lover you should make it a point to visit the turtle hatchery during your visit to the Bentota area. This turtle hatchery was established with the objective of safeguarding and preserving the threatened turtles who lay their eggs on the nearby beaches. A visit to the turtle hatchery is sure to be a memorable experience as you will have the opportunity to view the endearing baby turtles who are looked after in the hatchery until they are old enough to be released into the waters. You may even have the chance to participate at one of the regular releases of the baby turtles into the ocean waters. An accommodation choice to consider from which this attraction would be within easy reach would be Saman Villas, one of the pleasingly located boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.


Cinnamon Island

Visitors to Bentota will have the opportunity to tour the well-known Cinnamon Island. As you might expect you will find a well-established cinnamon estate on this island, a plantation that has been managed by members of the same family for numerous generations. If you visit Cinnamon Island you will have the chance to gain a first-hand understanding regarding the cultivation and processing of the much-loved spice, cinnamon. A tour of this picturesque island will be a memorable experience and a highlight of your visit to the Bentota area.