South of the capital Colombo, Bentota is one of Sri Lanka's oldest and most popular beach destinations. Although just off the Galle Road, this fine stretch of golden sand is backed by the Bentota River, giving it a secluded and very private atmosphere. Bentota offers a wide range of accommodation, from run of the mill package resorts, to bespoke boutique style properties and independent guest houses ideally suited for the budget traveller. Offering the perfect setting for natural therapy, many properties here specialise in Ayurvedic retreats.

The Bentota River offers water sports fans the perfect way to get their adrenalin rush with many operators offering water skiing and jet skiing, but for a more sedate experience a boat excursion along the river amongst its mangroves maybe more suitable. A visit to Lunuganga, the home and life's work of Architect Geoffrey Bawa, hailed as the father of modern Asian architecture, is truly food for the soul seeing his inimitable style of the seamless melding of inside and out.

Things to do in Bentota:

* Bentota Beach

* Water Sports

* Lunuganga

* Brief Garden

* Boat Rides

* Ayurvedic Spa Treatment

* Barberyn Island Lighthouse

Best time to visit Bentota is from December to April & also during the off season months between May to November

Distance and travel times from Bentota to some key cities; 

Distance from Bentota to Colombo is about 66 km and travel time is 1.0 to 1.5 hours.

Distance from Bentota to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is about 115 km and travel time is 2.0 to 2.5 hours.

Distance from Bentota to Galle is about 60 km and travel time is 1.0 to 1.5 hours

Distance from Bentota to Kandy is about 182 km and travel time is 4.0 to 4.5 hours

For any other location you can use the distance calculator on the side bar.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for

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