What to do and see in Bentota, Sri Lanka: The Best Places and Tips

April 8, 2018 Diedre Savory

Bentota in Sri Lanka, from Asia region, is best know for Beaches. Discover best things to do in Bentota with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Bentota

1. Bentota Beach

Bentota Beach, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka +94 76 856 3472
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bentota Beach

Reviewed By fsillery - Birmingham, United Kingdom

A most beautiful beach which seems to go on for miles. After going into the sea in the UK and the water being cold it is refreshing just to walk in and the water is warm.I will miss this outstanding beach.

Dedduwa Lake, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka +94 91 4 380275
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 310 reviews

Lunuganga

Reviewed By EuropeanDiversity - Cologne, Germany

The private parks of upper-class family estates can have something snobbish or can be over-designed, at times. This could have happened to Lunuganga as well if this magic piece of landscape had not converted his owner into a nature-loving architect. Geoffroy Bawa was a lawyer when he bought the estate and is said to have discovered his passion for design, nature and architecture here (and at his brother’s estate, Brief garden). Over decades, Bawa has developed this park into a holistic piece of landscape and architectural art, where he also experimented with shapes and materials that he then applied in some of his buildings (many in Colombo, and a few nearby in Bentota). Walking around the park will offer many discoveries including small sitting areas, ponds, terraces, stairs or platforms. However, not any part feels artificial or misplaced. Even some of his quite particular shapes seem to mimic some of the unique shapes and shades of nature around.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Lunuganga boutique hotel which allowed us to visit the park quietly, excessively and at different times of the day. It has an atmosphere that is hard to describe for it is obviously different from a typical park (this is more subtly designed) and also different from pure nature (this is more shaped than a wild garden would be).
The remains of some of Bawa’s work are still so visible that it feels as if he might have still worked here a few years back. It was very encouraging to hear that they plan to develop the estate further and also reduce public visits. Both is likely to continue the amazing work that was going on here for a number of decades.

3. Sea Turtle Protection Association

Galle Rd, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 842 reviews

Sea Turtle Protection Association

Reviewed By Prabit M - Bengaluru, India

The team is doing a good job of helping turtles survive. Holding a turtle and releasing it in the sea is an experience.
They have multiple rate cards though. It will be good to travel there with a localites as they can get good ticket rates. It felt ok to donate for a cause, but felt odd that they charged twice the amount for entry.

4. Bentota River

Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 219 reviews

Bentota River

Reviewed By Jean R - Moraira, Spain

Great 3 hour trip, saw water monitors, 3 crocs., lovely birds and mysterious mango swamp. Spice Garden included, but if a scam hard sell, though.

5. La Luna Water Sports Centre

No. 6 Kaluwamodara, Aluthgama, Galle Road, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka +94 34 2 275720
Excellent
50%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

La Luna Water Sports Centre

Reviewed By dn133 - London, United Kingdom

Went for a boat trip around the Bentota river and in the jungle and the whole experience was really good. We booked our boat tour for 9:00am and I highly recommend to have the boat trip in the morning because around 11:00am it gets really hot. The boat tour was for two hours and we saw crocodiles, monkeys and other animals. It is not expensive for two hours it for 5 people it cost us 3500 rupi or $25. Overall great experience!

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