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Things to Do in Bentota—Make the Most of Your 2022 Holiday

Beautiful sunny Bentota lies on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The most popular resort town on the sunny coastal belt, where there is hardly a dull moment. Want to learn more? Here is a list of top things to do in Bentota.


Explore the Rustic Interiors

Bentota is loved for its expansive beach and availability of the latest water sports, but to truly savour idyllic island vibes, you must check out the charming interiors of this rustic little town. Ask your hotel about booking the popular cycle tours that take visitors on explorative little tours past lush paddy fields, glistening ponds with their surfaces covered by bright coloured lotus blossoms and a chance to stop and explore the temples. As a nation of diverse ethnicities Sri Lanka is rich in culture; not to be missed is a visit to the Katukoliha temple a historic Hindu shrine, while Mullegoda temple is a Buddhist shrine boasting ancient murals that tell stories of the Buddha. Head out to Dedduwa Lake where you can find a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic and best of all get to know the locals and learn about their simple lifestyles and the happiness behind the smiles. If you want to enjoy the best of Sri Lanka's beach life, check out the 5 star hotels in Bentota. There is plenty of choices and some like Cinnamon Bentota Beach open onto the golden sands of Bentota Beach for 24-hour access to the Indian Ocean.


Plan a Day Trip to the Brief Gardens

The Brief Gardens is an enchanting space that will transport you to a magical land where worry does not exist. In reality, the gardens are a huge estate belonging to the Geoffrey Bawa trust. The prominent architect and talented landscape artist used his skills to turn his family estate into a natural haven for anyone loving the outdoors. The well-manicured gardens are home to little nooks and crannies, surreptitiously placed little statues that are meant to shock, arches and seats surrounded by lush greenery and even a Japanese garden. The estate runs along the Lunu Ganga (river) which adds to its mystical allure. Go there to spend a day in well-dressed nature, have tea at the bungalow and learn more about the famous brothers Jeffrey and Bevis Bawa.


Plan a Trek to Chase Waterfalls

For times you manage to pull yourself away from lazing on the beach or lawn of your Bentota resort, there are plenty of places to explore. And when you seek an adventure different to the fab water sports on offer at your resort in Bentota, go ahead and take a hike—literally! Treks into the lush wilds of Bentota will treat you to beautiful sights of nature, sudden sightings of wildlife, pretty birds and hidden waterfalls with inviting pools at their base for cooling off and enjoying a soak.


Enjoy the Beach

Bentota Beach is a huge sandy oasis of golden sand. Go there to chill, work on your tan, watch the fishing boats being dragged in and to swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The beach is shaded by swaying coconut tree palms and you can stop at a wayside stall to buy a refreshing king coconut and enjoy its refreshing nectar. End your day watching the sunset, and start your day watching the sunrise on the beach of your Bentota hotel.


Water Sports Galore

Bentota being a top resort town offers just about every type of water sport for you to enjoy. Whether you prefer the fun banana boat rides on the ocean or need to feel the adrenaline rush of a jet ski, the options are available in Bentota.