One of the top 10 beaches in Asia according to the list compiled for Forbes Best Beaches in Asia Awards 2010, Bentota, which is found next to Beruwala, is a great place for family holidays. Five star holiday resorts flank the beach front and the Bentota River winds it way through the area.

However its not only famous for its pristine beaches but also a number of exciting water sports such as windsurfing, para-sailing and jet skiing. Thrilling river safaris along the river grant visitors access to cinnamon plantations, nature resorts and temples which are further inland.

An unmissable experience would be a visit to the residencies of two of Sri Lanka’s most famous personalities. Geoffrey Bawa, the internationally renowned Sri Lankan architect built his country estate Lunuganga in Bentota, while his brother Bevis Bawa an equally famous landscape artist designed Brief, a 5 acre landscaped garden.

Both are open to the public and a visit to the Bentota would not be complete without a visit to Lunuganga and Brief.

Things to do in Bentota

  • Take a river safari on the Bentota river
  • Visit the turtle conservation sites
  • Visit Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga Estate and Brief Gardens
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