Bentota, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Galle District of the Southern Province. It is located 65 km away from Colombo and 56 km away from Galle. The town is located on the southern bank of the Bentota River mouth, at an elevation of 3 metres above the sea level.  The town is a popular beach destination among travellers. The town is home to wide sandy beaches with calm water making is perfect for diving and water sports. Bentota beach is divided in two sections, one is the still water of the Bentota lagoon and the other is the “Paradise Island” on the north. The lagoon offers plenty of water sports activities such as wind surfing, water skiing, canoeing, banana boating and deep sea fishing.

Getting There

There are several options to get to Bentota such as by air, by bus and by train. Firstly, Bandaranaike International Airport is the only international airport in Sri Lanka for now. There are daily flights to and from Katunayake which is about an hour’s drive away from Colombo. Secondly, Bentota is connected to Galle and Colombo with a good network of buses. Travellers can take air conditioned buses that run from Colombo Fort to Galle and take off at Bentota. The prices are fairly cheap. Lastly, Bentota has a small railway station and very few trains stop at this station. The main railway station near Bentota is Aluthgama that there are five to six express trains from Colombo. Travellers can also find trains to get to Aluthgama from Galle, Matara and Kandy.

Getting Around

In Bentota, there are two options for transportation which are taxi and auto-rickshaws. Taxis can be hired on the spot or arranged for at the hotel, resort or travel agent’s office. Next, the most common mode of transport in Bentota is auto-rickshaws. They are available in all parts of the city and can be hired directly. Negotiating the price beforehand is recommended.

Places to Visit

Brief Garden

Brief Garden is located 11 km from Bentota. It is a garden cum museum that holds sculptures by many artists including the creator Bevis Bawa. It also houses Japanese style gardens and lawns inspired from the colonial days. Opening hours: 8 am – 5 pm.

Galapatha Buddhist Temple

Galapatha Buddhist Temple is a very old Buddhist temple left from 12th century with stone inscriotions and stone carvings. To reach it, one can cross the bridge and take the side road to left after 500 metres.

Bentota Beach

Bentota Beach is one of the most popular and prime beach resort on the south-western coastal belts of Sri Lanka. The beach is surrounded by Bentota river and Bentota Lagoon. The beach is well developed and it provides all kind of facilities to tourists such as hotels, water sports facilities and gears.

Turtle Hatchery Project

There are up to five endangered species of turtles have been frequenting on this beach for a long time. They are allowed to hatch and thrive in a protected area before being set free. It is a good spot and attraction for nature lovers.

Cinnamon Island

Cinnamon Island is an age old cinnamon plantation set on an island. It has been run by a single family for generations. Visitors can learn about the process of cinnamon for its various uses and have a tour of the island.

Where to Stay

Whispering Palms Hotel

This four star hotel is located on Induruwa Beach. The hotel offer rooms with sea view balconies and free Wi-Fi in public areas of the property. The hotel features an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar and free parking. Airport transfers can be arranged  at a surcharge. Rooms come with air conditioning, a seating area, tea/coffee making facilities and a safe. Private bathrooms come with a rain shower and free toiletries. Guests have access to a private beach area and barbecue facilities. Guests can enjoy a meal at the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy cocktails at the Cocktail Bar and Terrace. Address: Galle Road, Induruwa, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa

The resort is located along Bentota Beach. It offers two outdoor pools and free parking. It is located 99 km from Bandaranaike International Airport. Rooms come with a modern décor, flat screen cable TV, a DVD player and hot shower facilities. Guests can relax at the spa. Water sports like diving and snorkelling are available at the beach. Guests can enjoy a meal at the resort’s restaurant and enjoy a drink at Chatters bar and the wine cellar.

Club Villa

The property is a short one minute walk from Bentota beach. Club Villa features an outdoor pool and massage treatments. Rooms come with air conditioning, decorations of hand woven batiks and paintings. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Rooms come with a minibar and en suite bathrooms.  The property is located 2 km away from Bentota Railway Station. The restaurant serves fresh seafood, European cuisine and Sri Lankan dishes. Address: 138/15 Galle Road, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

Wunderbar Beach Hotel

The hotel features an on site turtle farm and an outdoor pool. It has water sports facilities and Ayurvedic massage. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. The rooms are colourfully decorated and they come with wooden furnishings, a private balcony with sea views, a satellite TV and minibar. Tour desk can help with travel arrangements. A selection of European and local dishes are served at the hotel’s Caribbean style restaurant. Drinks can be enjoyed at the bar. Address: Robolgoda, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

Bentota Home Stay

This guest house offers free bikes and it is located just 400 metres from Bentota Beach. The guest house provides self-catering options. Free Wi-Fi is available at the homestay. The homestay also provides a seating area, washing machine and balcony. There are a garden and a terrace. The property offers free parking. Address: No 18, Pitaramba, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

Green Villa Iduruwa

This two star hotel features comfortable self-catering accommodation with a well-equipped kitchen. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms come with air conditioning and as seating area. Private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. Sea view from the rooms can be enjoyed. Extras include a desk, an outdoor seating area and bed linen. The property offers a shared lounge, a tour desk and luggage storage. Address: 16, Galle Road, Maha Induruwa, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

Aayu’s Guest

This guest house features free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Certain rooms come with a seating area. A terrace or balcony is featured in certain rooms. All rooms come with a minibar and private bathroom. There is a shared kitchen at the property. This guest house has water sports facilities and bike hire is available. Address: No 3, Pitaramba, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

This resort offers rooms with scenic views. It provides three dining options, an outdoor pool and exciting activities like elephant rides, archery and watersports. The rooms are spacious and fitted with wall decorations and beddings. Rooms come with private balconies, a minibar, an in-room safe and cable TV. Guests can relax at Azmaara’s Spa with customised massages and treatments.

Paradise Road The Villa Bentota

This hotel is a beach side boutique hotel featuring individually designed rooms and suites. It offers two outdoor pools and free Wi-Fi. Each room has a unique layout, style and décor. Rooms come with flat screen TVs with cable channels, safe and kettle. Certain units have a balcony or terrace. Guests can enjoy dishes at The Villa Café. Address: 138/18 Galle Road, Bentota, Sri Lanka.