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Top 7 Things To Do in Bentota - Seven Exciting Activities to Experience in Bentota

As one of the south coast's most popular beachside hotspots, Bentota offers visitors a plethora of exciting activities. Here are seven interesting things to do during your getaway in Bentota.


Bike Around

Often considered the best way to explore and discover Bentota, engaging in a cycling tour of the seaside hamlet is a must for all first-time visitors to the region. Bikes are available for rent via local rental shops as well as most hotels and visitors can uncover some of Bentota's lesser-known cultural points of interest such as the Katukoliha Temple en route. Cycling past pastoral paddy fields and seaside villages, don't forget to stop by the Mullegoda Temple to witness the murals contained within and cool off by the banks of Dedduwa Lake.


Indulge in Fish Spa Therapy and More

Regarded as a Bentota speciality, spa-goers and curious tourists alike can try their hand at this unique spa experiences available through many of the area's local spas and resort havens. The fish spa treatment is undoubtedly the most fascinating cleansing option in most spa menus as tiny fish peck at one's feet to remove dead skin cells in this intriguing form of therapy. Foot reflexology and aromatherapy are also hot favourites among regular spa-goers in Bentota.


Enjoy Nature Walks

Head to Bentota's Madu River and enjoy a Madu river safari or experience a walk on the wild side in the mangrove forested region of Bentota. Ideal for both birds watching enthusiasts and avid trekkers, the fauna occupying the banks of the river as well as the diversity of flowering plants and mangrove trees littering the area make it a veritable treasure trove for nature lovers.


Tour the Brief Garden

Ranked among Sri Lanka's most iconic horticultural spaces, the Brief Garden is not only Bevis Bawa's personal garden but a work of art in its own right. As the brother of famed local architect Geoffrey Bawa, the manicured lawns and interesting sculptures and tropical trees occupying the gardens designed by Bevis are no less impressive. Accessible for a nominal entrance free, guided tours of the gardens and parts of the former artist's home are also available.


Volunteer at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Travellers who hope to make a contribution to the local environment and conservation efforts during their stay in Bentota should definitely sign up for a tour of the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Providing a safe breeding ground for sea turtles, visitors are also welcome to take part in the many conservation projects underway at the venue.


Beach Time Bliss

As the area's chief natural attribute, no trip to Bentota would be complete without enjoying the beauty of its stunning beaches. Swim and play on the golden sands off the coast of Bentota and soak up the sunny atmosphere from a Bentota beach resort of your choice. The River House and countless other similar hospitality hubs on the beach are not the only accommodation options available but a beach holiday spent in an inland resort may be a wasted opportunity for those who are in Bentota for a day or two.


Sign Up for Water Sports

Blessed with ideal weather and water conditions, Bentota is also the best place on the southern coast to engage in water-bound activities. From surfing to scuba diving and snorkelling the choices are seemingly endless.

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