Beach and Bawa

Strand of golden sandy beach fringed by palms near Club Villa, Bentota, Sri Lanka

The Bentota Ganga (river) makes a large sweep to the south before turning to flow northwards into the Indian Ocean. At this point, river and sea form a narrow spit of land almost 3 km long, which is one of the main beach areas for the Bentota area. Many of the hotels and guest houses are located around the sea lagoon and some of these are accessible only by boat. This area is busy during the high season so for a more tranquil feel, head 5 km south to Induruwa, which has a quieter stretch of beach next to a fishing village. Another long sandy beach can be found at Ahungalla, which is 10 km further south.

Why visit Bentota?

With a wide selection of boutique and resort hotels, smart villas, and even a house boat on offer as well as a lagoon ideal for water sports, Bentota has something for everyone. It is also well positioned for visits to wonderful tropical gardens, traditional mask carvers and Galle as well as river boat trips.

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“It was a simply excellent holiday from start to finish. We loved the variety of things to see and do and the comfortable hotels we stayed in – each with something special about them. It was a really well-crafted programme and we felt that your knowledge of the country was apparent in the way you put everything together. ”

Jenny & John