Bentota is the most popular and well-facilitated beach resort in Sri Lanka. It is conveniently located, with the river and sea separated and convening in a lagoon that make it a hot spot for water sports. There is plenty to explore in town and a number of islands are dotted along the coast.

Top 5 things to do

  • A range of watersport on offer – jet skiing, water-skiing etc
  • Visit the beautiful Brief Gardens
  • Explore the flora and fauna on a river boat safari
  • Appreciate the creativeness of handicraft and mask manufacturers
  • Visit the Lighthouse Island

Top 5 hotels

  • Vivanta by Taj
  • Paradise Road Villa
  • Saman Villas
  • Bentota Beach Hotel
  • Avani


  • Silk Route Café (Asian)
  • Diya Sisila Restaurant (Seafood)
  • The Goldern Grill (Western)
  • Malli’s Seafood Restaurant (Seafood)
  • Kandoori (Sri Lankan)