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Top Things to do in Bentota - Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Bentota is a paradise for beach lovers, surrounded by the blue water, epic night life and abundant sea food. Although famous as a beach destination this city is not only about the beach life. There are plenty of places to explore including historic temples, beautiful gardens and river cruises for travellers in this amazing city.


Explore Kande Viharaya

Sri Lanka is home to some aesthetically pleasing temples that are rich in culture and history. Kande Viharaya located in Althugama town which is about a 15-minute drive from Bentota is one such temple. Get lost in the historical art and sculptures that will take you through the history of Sri Lanka and its adaptation of Buddhism. Dating back to 1700s you will be able to see a 160 feet tall Buddha statue which is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. Learn about the religious beliefs and rituals followed by the local Buddhist devotees while you explore the history in this sacred ancient temple.


Bentota Beach

A vacation without some beach time is no vacation at all. Bentota is famous for its amazing beaches so get ready to soak up the sun and the waves. Stroll along the golden sands, meet some locals or enjoy a cocktail in the Bentota beach. You could even take up water sports here if you are waiting to unleash the adrenaline junkie in you. Many hotels offer water sport packages so don't forget to check this out at your hotel to add some fun and adventure to your vacation in Bentota. If you are a diving enthusiast, Bentota got you covered. You can engage in a thrilling diving experience just 4 to 6 kilometres away from Saman Villas, a popular beach villa in Bentota.


Visit the Brief Garden

A visit to the Brief garden is surely in the top of the list of things to do in Bentota. Designed by the famous Sri Lankan artist Bevis Bawa, this garden is full of architectural marvels hidden in the vicinity of nature. Get ready to take your mind into a secret garden fantasy as you walk along this beautifully designed garden where you can truly connect with nature and shut out the busy city. Sprawling over 20 acres, there is plenty of space to explore around and even take some beautiful pictures. Surrounded by tropical trees and beautiful sculptures this a nature lovers paradise to enjoy a book or just wander around.


River Safari

Take a boat tour in the Madu river that is surrounded by mangroves, exotic plants and birds. Rich in biodiversity you will be able to witness some rare birds and water animals on the cruise while you slide through the shady mangroves. The boat ride that lasts over two hours will take you through interesting areas which you can end with a fish pedicure if you are up for it. Don't forget to take you camera along to capture some breath-taking pictures of the surroundings as you cruise through the water.