Less than 70 kilometers south of Colombo, lies the beach haven of Bentota, sandwiched between the marshes and waterways of the Bentarariver on one side, and the mighty Indian Ocean on the other. The lush landscape is dotted with the white or pink flowers of tropical frangipani trees.Undoubtedly, Bentota is the best strip on Sri Lanka’s west coast. Enjoy spectacular sunsets as the frothy waves delicately hug the shore. Holidaymakers lounge by the beach, wallowing in the leisurely tropical vibes of Bentota. However, Bentota is an action-packed destination that offers something more than relaxation as the Bentota Lake and Indian Ocean create the right space for water sports enthusiasts. The lake is ideal for adrenaline pumping adventures such as kayaking, sailing, yachting, canoeing, jet skiing and water skiing.Pootle around the lake in boatsand explore the picturesque lake as the soft splashes of the oars carry you across the river’s placid waters.The beach also offers room to play and swim. From banana boat rides to speed boating, there is everything that youwould ever need for a fun-filled escapade.

Apart from the thriving beach scene, Bentota has a charming side rarely explored by the visitor. The stunning private gardens of Geoffrey Bawa and his brother, Bewis, are within a short drive of the town square. You can see traditional coir producers in Bentota who make a living by selling coir products such as cute monkeys, brushes and mats. One can also catch a glimpse of cinnamon peeling, baking bread in wood fired ovens and pontoons transporting tuk-tuks and villagers from one side of the riverbankto the other.

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