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Top 5 Things to Do In Bentota - Uncover the Best of Bentota Exploring the Holiday Hub's Top Five Highlights

Regarded as one of the country's premier beach holiday Meccas Bentota is must-experience highlight for all beach lovers touring Sri Lanka. Littered with attractions here are some of Bentota's most popular points of interest.

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Bentota Beach and Lagoon

Bentota Beach and Lagoon

Primarily a beach holiday destination, a trip to Bentota is all about the time spent enjoying its breathtakingly pristine beaches. Stretching for miles with palm trees fringing its confines the white, sandy beaches of Bentota are the envy of the southern coastline. Popular among honeymooners and as a prime wedding destination this one-stop beach Mecca is also home to a captivating lagoon that is ideal for swimming activities, water skiing as well as jet ski rides. Finding a resort in Bentota that is close to both the lagoon and the ocean will also not prove difficult as establishments such as the Avani Bentota Resort enjoys a strategic location with easy access to the beach and the lagoon.

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Betota River Safari

Betota River Safari

Tipped to be one of the most relaxing tour options when vacationing in Bentota, a boat safari across the Bentota River is a must-have experience for all visitors to the beach hub. Gliding along the Bentota River at an easy pace travellers can soak up the atmosphere of the country's third largest river while enjoying the scenery full of tropical foliage. Exploring the vast network of mangroves scattered across the river the boat safari excursion brings visitors face to face with the aquatic fauna and flora of the region including monitor lizards, crocodiles as well as river birds. Boat safaris catering to time and budgetary limitations of visitors are available through a number of local tour operators who regularly organize hour long or full day boat safaris based on the needs of various travellers. The day long boar safari include a tour of an 800 year old Buddhist forest temple as well as traditional rice and curry meal and a local wedding celebration demonstration.

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Bentota Bargains

Bentota Bargains

A thriving hotbed of activity all year round the shopping landscapes at Bentota are anything but mediocre. With its newly built Shopping Arcade at the Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex occupying its town centre shopaholics will be spoilt for choice in this one-stop bargain Mecca. The Shopping Arcade comes complete with local curios and handicrafts. Souvenirs such as handmade lace and ceremonial masks are also sold here alongside traditional drums and brassware. Clothing items such as Batik dresses are also available here in addition to wooden trinkets and precious and semi precious gemstones and jewellery.

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Dive In

Dive In

Regarded as one of the island's best diving hubs, no trip to this pristine beach destination would be complete without an excursion deep beneath its azure waters. A dream come true for diving enthusiasts the warm waters and breathtaking underwater landscapes of this marine life heartland are must-explore regions off the coast of Bentota. The most popular diving site in Bentota is Canoe Rock where one finds breathtaking coral formations and schools of tropical fish. Littered with vibrant reefs the venue is also ideal for snorkellers and scuba divers while those who have no experience in diving can learn the basic and become PADI certified by diving schools in the area which offer lessons and expert guidance to novices.

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Aid Turtle Conservation

Aid Turtle Conservation

Tipped to be one of the most engaging and rewarding attractions in Bentota a visit to the turtle conservation centre and hatchery situated a mere 3km from Bentota Bridge offers the experience of a life time. As an endangered species that has declined in numbers for decades the local efforts to preserve this magnificent marine creature are truly commendable. By rescuing and protecting turtle eggs that are vulnerable to predators on the open beach this conservation initiative serves as a true testament to human ingenuity. Visitors can engage in releasing hatched turtle babies back to the ocean at night to ensure the survival of their species. Viewing two albino sea turtles that reside in the centre is another highlight.