Bentota is a famous city in Sri Lanka, which is admired for its long golden beaches. The sandy strip of Bentota beach that runs parallel to Bentota lagoon (or Bentota ganga) is nicknamed Paradise Island as it is like a long narrow peninsula out in the ocean. The name of this city was derived from a mythological story that asserts a demon named ‘Bem’ ruled the tota or the river bank. Bentota is situated approximately 65 kilometers south of Colombo. It is a destination for waterspots. All the services a visitor requires (banks, post office, tourist shops, restaurants, a railway station) are available and the area has an atmosphere of respectability
How to reach Bentota
- Bus: Take bus 187 from Airport to Colombo. There are lots of regular buses that go to Bentota from Colombo. You can find from luxury to semi-luxury and regular buses from Colombo central bus stand. The journey will take about two and half hours.
- Train: Bentota doesn’t have a convenient railway system as there is only a small railway station. Additionally, a fewer number of trains stop at this station. The closest major railway station is at Aluthgama, which is located about two kilometres away from Bentota. It has about 9 express trains that start from Colombo.Trains may be crowded and it would be difficult to travel with your luggage's. The journey will take about one and half hours.
- Taxi: There are lots of local taxis available outside the airport. The Bandaranaike International Airport is around 109 km from Bentota and it takes around one and half hours travel by highway.
- Air Taxi:You can book a Cinnamon air taxi from bandaranaike international airport to bentota river. It will be a fantastic experience and the journey will take about half an hour.
Bentota is the centre of all the water sports in Sri Lanka. You can hire equipment or join a course. There are several local tour operators located right by the beach, like the LSR Water Sports Center, Sunshine Water Sports Center and Diyakawa Water Sports.
- Jet Skiing
Jet Skiing is one of the adventurous water sports for those who love to race. Experience the adrenaline rush in your body when the waves of the Bentota river lift you. Though its mostly enjoyed by the trill seeker, beginners can chose to be accompanied by an experienced instructor as well. This is a must do with your friends, family or with your loved ones while in Bentota.
- Banana Boat
Banana tube is like its name says, a long banana shaped boat is pulled by a motor boat at a very high speed, giving you the thrill of your life. It is best for families with low risk and high entertainment.
- Wind Surfing
One of the most thrilling water sports is windsurfing. You need a certain mix of balance and strength to do wind surfing. Sri Lanka provides the perfect atmosphere all year round, for wind surfing. There are camps in Bentota where you can easily enroll for a course in windsurfing if you are a beginner.
- Water Skiing
Bentota offers best in class waterskiing experience with backdrop of the tropical atmosphere which remains warm throughout the year. With water ski camps, you can easily learn to ski even if you are a beginner.
A Fly board is a brand of hydro lighting device which supplies propulsion to drive the Fly board into the air to perform a sport known as hydro flying. A Fly board rider stands on a board connected by a long hose to a watercraft. Riverside Araliya is a hotel which offer the new sport of flyboarding in Bentota, Sri Lanka. You can experience flyboarding with main instructor from Japan Mr Kent And helper Mr Sampath.
Motorized paragliding is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft sport. One flight is limited to 12 minutes trip or 20 minutes trip. It depending on your choice. Your age should be above 14 and weight should be less than 110Kg. Flights will be made between 06:00 A.M. - 09:00 A.M. and 4.00 P.M – 6.30 P.M on standard flying days. One passenger will be accompanied by the pilot who is certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. Don’t forget to bring a sunglass. Your flying experience is definitely an adventure that will stay with you forever.
Bentota River Safari
Bentota river safari is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Bentota. This activity can be started between 6.30A.M. to 6.30P.M. While on the river safari, you will also see the wildlife of Sri Lanka with natural surroundings. You can also take photos with baby crocodile.
Deep see fishing
Deep sea fishing season in Bentota is from November to April. Fishing trip can be started either at 6.00A.M. or at 2.00P.M. Duration of the fishing trip is between 4 hours. Boat will be fully equipped with GPS, lavatory facilities, a cabin and lifejackets. You have a chance to catch fish like Jack Trevally, Spanish mackerel, skipjack tuna, yellow fin tuna, sail fish, marlins, and frigate tuna. If you are lucky with your catch, they will even prepare the fish for you in their restaurant or you can take it back with you.Thanks for reading!