24 Aug Road Trip Down South – Sri Lanka
Bentota is a resort town with a long beach that stretches north and becomes a sandy strip known as Paradise Island, parallel to Bentota Lagoon.
Apart from a cluster of luxury hotels and resorts that gradually thin out as you travel south, there’s not much else here. It is perfect for enjoying your own space in nature with the surrounds of lush green trees and marine life, and it is considered a great honeymoon destination for newlyweds.
This resort town is also known for its “Toddy” production, an alcoholic beverage made of coconut nectar
Close by on Induruwa Beach, there is a turtle hatchery that you can also visit.
Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya
On the Bentota River stands the centuries-old Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya Temple, which adorns a giant Buddha statue originating back in the 12th century AD.
Please remember, if you are going to enter the Temple, out of respect, keep your legs and shoulders covered.
Take a few minutes to admire this peaceful statue and its serene surroundings.
Taj Bentota Resort & Spa
An accommodation option is the Taj Bentota Resort & Spa, which lies over a lush hill overlooking the Indian Ocean and is typically known as one of the best resorts in Sri Lanka. The hotel is sculpted into a rocky headland and curves around its promontory so that rooms in one wing of the resort look south while others look northwest.
A short distance from the beach, the resort offers an abundance of popular water sports. It is an excellent resort for families.
Madu Ganga (River)
Later, dip your feet in water for some fish therapy if you have time!
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