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Top 10 Things to do and see in Bentota -Ten Attractions and Activities to Experience in Bentota

As one of the most accessible beach hubs in Sri Lanka, Bentota packs in a punch in terms of tourist value as well. Here are some of the best places to see and top activities in the area.


Sapugoda Viharaya

The brainchild of Reverend Sapugoda Anandha Thero, the iconic Sapugoda Viharaya was constructed in the era of King Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe, the last sovereign of Sri Lanka. Some of the key highlights at the venue include its exquisitely ancient murals as well as the Makara Thorana which adorns its entrance. The age-old Vahalkada and the two lion figured guarding the spiritual hub are other highlights at this historic temple.


Knochimle Islamic Mosque

Another religious point of interest in the region, the Knochimle Muslim mosque is not only the last resting place of Sheikh Ashroph of Vethiuvam from Yemen but also a mosque that was refurbished and donated to the Islamic community living in the area by British colonialists. Situated on a large rock near the beach the mosque is surrounded by a beautiful garden.


Brief Garden

Ranked among the island's most engaging horticultural highlights, the Brief Garden is the creation of none other than Bevis Bawa. Spread out across 5 acres the well-maintained garden features an outdoor shower as well as various sculptures and flora as well as alcoves


Discover Toddy Tapping

Witnessing a toddy tapping demonstration is a must for all first-time visitors to Bentota as the fine art of collecting the toddy from Palmyra trees requires special skills and technique. The sap of the tree is used to create a local alcoholic beverage known as toddy which is popular among Sri Lankans to this day.


Tour the Moonstone Mine

The moonstone mine in Meetiyagoda; Bentota is one location where large quantities of the semi-precious stone are found on the island. Visitors can explore the interior of the mines or purchase some shiny moonstones to take back as souvenirs from the large boutique on the premises.


River Cruise on Bentota River

Often described as one of the most memorable activities visitors can enjoy during a Bentota holiday, a river safari along the Bentota River is a great way to discover the mangroves of the area. The tour includes a stopover at a Buddhist temple as well as a meal in a local village so don't forget to sign up for this one of a kind excursion.


Turtle Hatchery Experiences

Pay a visit to the Sea Turtle Project headquarters and help volunteers and conservationists protect turtle eggs on the beach or take part in a hatchling releasing ritual which takes place every few months. Visitors should also tour the confines of the hatchery to discover its inhabitants.


Water Sports

Travellers based in a Bentota resort by the water, whether it's Shinagawa Beach or any other similar venue, will find easy access to some of the best water sports activities in the southern shoreline. From snorkelling to scuba diving enjoy a wealth of water bound experiences during your vacation.


Take a Ride on a Bullock Cart

Travelling the way most Sri Lankans travelled in centuries past is a unique experience all tourists must enjoy in Bentota. Hop onboard a wagon lead by two bullocks and take in the sights and sounds of pastoral Bentota while you meander along village roads via bullock cart.


Take in the Views from the Beruwela lighthouse

Offering tourists a breathtakingly panoramic view of Beruwala and beyond, head to the Beruwela lighthouse on a boat ride and take in the splendour of the southern coastline.

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