Bentota Travel Guide

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Bentota Overview

Across the river from Aluthgama, you can find refuge in Bentota a gentle leafy sprawl of hotels and guest houses spread along the coast. The sea is calm here, as are the waters of the river, the bentota Ganga, which is ideal for watersports and boat rides as far as 35km (23 miles) upstream. Travel just 5km (3miles) up the lazy river in the noonday sun and explore the few remains of the Galapata Vihara, dating back to the 12th Century. Legend claims it was built by a minister Parakramabahu the Great (AD 1153 -86) who was responsible for most of the wonders at the Medievel city of Polonnaruwa.

Bentota is about 2 hours from Colombo along the western coast at the tip of the Galle district . A popular place for tourists to stay at some luxury beach resorts right on the beach and enjoy calm blue waters except during the monsoon months . A boat ride in the Bentota Ganga can bring you to see various species of birds and wild life like water monitors & crocodiles .

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