Bentota attractions, what to see
In Bentota and the surrounding area aren't too many attractions. If you like to explore interesting places just walking or traveling by local transport, here it is almost forget. Something you can see yourself, but it will have to go to Galle or Colombo bus. Much more freedom and opportunities to watch will be, if you operate a motorcycle that you can rent. For the most account for something interesting should go to the Central part of Sri Lanka with tour or hire a guide. There you can see ancient monuments of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya , etc. to Find a cheap group tour to these places is not always easy, especially if you stay at one of the remote beaches. You may have to come to the center of Bentota and there to look for a travel Agency where you can purchase inexpensive group tour.
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Here's a list of sights and places to see near the Beach:
The Galapatha Temple Raka Maha Viharaya, Temple Galapota
A must place to visit in Bentota. It is an ancient Buddhist temple, Dating from the twelfth century. In the sixteenth century the Church was completely destroyed by the Dutch, and then rebuilt again. In front of the temple there is a small artificial pond with lotuses. The temple itself is small, but it is known that the stupa here immured relic – a tooth of the third follower of the Buddha's Arahant Maha dignity Villa.
Entrance fee / ticket Price: free
Hours: in the daytime
How to get there: the Temple is a 30-minute walk from the centre of Bentota (Galapatha Temple on the map).
The Kande Viharaya Temple
This is a very unusual and impressive Buddhist temple located in the area Allogamy on top of a hill. Its construction was started in 1734. Despite the uniqueness of the temple is little known and little visited by tourists.
Here is one of the largest statues of the seated Buddha (height 48 metres), and up to 2008, according to some estimates, it is generally considered the tallest statue of a seated Buddha in the world! The statue, by the way, was completed only in 2007. Here also is a sacred Bodhi tree, there are several stupas and the temple itself, with very unusual architecture. Remarkable frescoes in the Church.
Entrance fee / ticket Price: free
Hours: in the daytime
How to get there: the Temple is located quite far from the center of Bentota in Aluthgama area, and there is best reached by tuk-tuk (Temple Kande Viharaya on the map).
Safari on the Bentota river, Ganga
River Safari is the most popular excursion and entertainment in Bentota. It is really worth the money excursion, during which you will take a boat trip on the river. You will get acquainted with the wildlife of Sri Lanka in natural conditions; well, almost natural. During the walk you will land on the shores or Islands where you will see crocodiles, monkeys, a fish farm. And of course many species of exotic birds and fish. The special attraction during the tour – mangroves. As expected in Sri Lanka during the tour, you will have to bring in all kinds of farm, where the stores will offer local supposedly unique products at fantastic prices. Of course, all the same you can buy in cheaper.
Hours: the tour takes place in the daytime
Entrance fee / ticket Price: tour price from $ 20, duration - 3 hours. You can also reach the boathouse on the river on a tuk tuk where to hire a boat for tours for 5-7 people for about $ 50.
How to get: buy the tour to any hotel or travel Agency in Bentota and the surrounding areas. Tourists gather on a trip directly from the hotels.
Estate and Bevis Bawa Brief Garden Park
On the banks of the Bentota river 10 kilometers from the town is a very picturesque Park-like garden with sculptures, called the Brief Garden. Created this place well-known local architect Bevis Bawa (Bevis Bawa) and he created it not only for visitors but also for themselves, and lived here in his mansion. It is believed that opening this Park to all visitors in 1970 gave the old resort area development in Bentota. Today it is one of the most popular places for tourists in Bentota.
Entrance fee / ticket Price: RS 1000
How to get there: the estate is situated 10 kilometres from the centre of Bentota and there is best reached by tuk-tuk (on the map).
Another great and beautiful place is located in the Bentota - lunuganga created by the younger brother of the architect of Beavis Basis – Jeffrey Bava. This garden is also very beautiful, besides there is a functioning hotel, and it is possible even to stop.
Entrance fee / ticket Price: 1250 RS
How to reach: to reach from the centre of Bentota you can walk (on the map)
Turtle farm (Turtle Hutchery, Turtle Farm)
On the coast North and South of Bentota is a few nurseries or farms of sea turtles.
Farms in the larger basins contain different species of turtles, and the farm tour is accompanied by a detailed and interesting story, however, is in English. And, whether you arrived with a group or you will be completely alone on the farm, you still very detailed about all will tell. On the farms also presents laying of eggs of sea turtles, and in some places it is possible to release young turtles to the open sea, of course, for an additional fee. In some places you can even hold the turtles on hand.
Entrance fee / ticket Price: from 300 rupees
Hours: daily from 7:00 to 18:00
How to get there: on the farm can be reached by a rented vehicle, tour or bus.
Attractions in Galle
The city of Galle with its Fort and other attractions it is possible to inspect not only with a guided tour or hire a guide with transport, but even on their own. Any tourist is able to allocate one day, which can be reached by bus in Halle, there to walk and see the sights, and in the evening to return back.
How to get there: Almost all the buses from Bentota on the South travel to Galle. They go often, are inexpensive. To find the bus need to get on the road to Galle Road and find the nearest bus stop (they are marked with signs). If a stop is found, we can either try to stop the bus at any place (and sometimes stop), or to get to the bus station in the centre of Bentota. To go 1-2 hours.
Attractions in Colombo
As in Galle, Colombo you can go for a day on the bus. One day is enough to see in Colombo is the most basic, but better to go early in the morning. It is best to go straight to the heart of Colombo in the Colombo Fort or Pettah, which is a lot to see just walking. Read more about sights of Colombo here...
How to get there: all buses from Bentota to go North to Colombo. I go often, worth about 75 rupees per usual, and 150 air-conditioned. To catch the bus need to get on the road to Galle Road and find the nearest bus stop (they are marked with signs). If a stop is found, we can either try to stop the bus at any place (and sometimes stop), or to get to the bus station in the centre of Bentota. To go 1-2 hours.
Museums of masks in Ambalangoda
10 kilometres North of Bentota on the coast is most famous in Sri Lanka, the place where made traditional wooden masks – the town of Ambalangoda. It is just two of the Museum of masks. In one of the museums you can see the process of their production in the handicraft workshop, learn what types of masks are all about and why they are used. Of course, you will be able to buy a mask. The price is not to say that it is very low, but it's the fact that each mask is handcrafted from wood Kadoorie compliance with all the traditions of manufacturing.
How to get there: on the farm can be reached by a rented vehicle, tour or bus (Ambalangoda on the map).