There are few eating options in the area itself, we ate at Luccullus reataurant/hotel a cheap place just across the railway walkover from the Avani, the food was quite good and recommend this place as a budget option, we also had a meal at The Malus Restaurant, walk towards the railway walk over and keep going, it's upstairs above some souvenir shops just on the other side of the tracks, food is first class but fairly expensive, same as you would pay at home, you have to keep in mind that most places charge you at least 10% on the bill and some mostly more upmarket places another 12% as well, there's not a lot of options out of the hotel and what's there is mostly expensive seafood places, snacks, roti's and samosas are everywhere and very cheap to keep you going, so hard for budget travellers, hard to find places in Sri Lanka to do laundry out of the hotel, I couldn't find any in Bentota.
Jewellery shopping is okay here but really have to bargain hard, not a lot of other shopping options usual fare you see every where. Still a really relaxing enjoyable place to spend a couple of nights at a resort.
This is a sleepy town,it gets very quiet after dark,there is no night life or restaurants of good standard,it is ideal for relaxing and getting some rest and ideal place to get away from the daily chores to relax for a couple of days with a nice long evening walk on the lovely sandy beach after dinner but no action for the younger traveller.
Beaches are beautiful wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Herbal gardens some advice would be to ask exactly how much donation they want for the demonstration massage beforehand and watch out for wondering hands when massaging especially as a woman and say what is off limits it is very informative
friendly people. nearby chopping centers. places to visit specially the fort and the museum the jewellery factory and fishermen village but when you took their picture dont give them the amount of the money they ask for just pay them half of what they ask.
they are called the stick fisherman.
Bentota beach is very beautiful and with calm waters good for swimming. The waters are much calmer than in other beaches on the west and south coast, making it easier to swim but not giving any opportunities for surfing or body boarding.
Also there is not much to see underwater, so no diving or snorkeling is available here.
Although we were only able to do a day trip to Bentota as most of the properties were full. The location would be ideal for a 3-5 days' stay and there is plenty to do in terms of night life dining and activities on the beach and water.
located 100 km from colombo towards south,easy accessibility via express high way,nice beach lot of activity fro young children like boating,swimming,sea scooter,surfing mainly family relaxing zone.
Bentota itself doesn't have a village/town of attraction as such. Bentota is about hte beaches, and staying within the perimeters of the hotel that you are staying in.
Furhter down the southern coast is Hikkaduwa where there are a few more tourist attracting small shops by the main road - although not enough to justify a specific trip to them. Only worth it if you're doing a trip from Bentota to Galle and you stop by. Worth noting is that the new highway doesn't really speed up travel from Colombo to Bentota as getting onto and off the highway actually causes bottle necks. The highway itself is fast - however, to join or to you come back off the highway you end up on single track roads which add at least 1.5 hours to the highway journey of 30mts. This is assuming travelling at reasonable (safe) speed. The single track roads are ok,not great, so journey can be a bit tiring. Ok once you've got to Bentota though.
my advice : do not stay there. a few resto (russian or very expensice in resorts only), did not see any tourists, did not see the beach (nothing on the beach anyway)
Bentota is place which should no0t be missed if you are in srilanka tour as it is one of the best beaches and during weekends it has good night clubs as well.
Bentota is unfriendly and not cosy at all- Hikkaduwa a few km away was relly good! People were sneeking around us and one man followed us after our ATM visit.
Drunk people. No funny shops
There are nice hotels in this area. Beaches are nice. City areas are not very well developed, but you will find shopping areas and food courts around.
City Bentota is not beautiful, there are some other beaches adjacent to this area, you can see all the attractions from one place.
Poor area! Very few bars and restaurants around. Not much of attractions or activities. Expansive food (x2 compare to Negombo).
Nothing to do except sunbathes. Poor shopping possibilities. My advice - go to Negombo or Gale instead.
It is weird that in a place filled with foreigners, that there is so little to do. The souvenir shops are very hard to find.
It is very hard to find restaurants (and they are very pricey for South Asia). But, the beaches really are nice. The area is very calm and the people are friendly. But, for someone bringing their kids who want to bring home souvenirs, most of Sri Lanka fails in that area. They really are missing out on a big industry.
Met a young guide called ansh who was great - honets and his prices fair. He looked after us and made our stay a great time.
( see Jet tours Bentota on facebook) restaurants very good and even the 5 star hotels are almost same price as some small places so treat yourself and go to the Taj for some excellent food
City was nice and the people were kind and nice even thou they are very poor... Vivanta by taj hotel is your distention.
.. It is really a nice luxury hotel.... I had to leave Sri Lanka and go to Singapore because I could not find a room during my stay in Bentota...
we didnt go into bentota but from previous experience with similar small towns they are all noisy and mad with traffic.
a bit dusty and dirty is the correct phrase im looking for. we avoided going into the towns. ----
private beaches, close to hikkaduwa where you can scuba dive and a lot of other sports activities like boat riding
The beach would be beautiful but sadly is totally dominated by 5 star resorts. There are no cafes or facilities.
You can buy food or drinks at the hotels and use their sunbeds but they are soulless places that are fenced off from the beaches and some have guards so not our idea of a great beach experience. Morgalle beach is better about 5km away but really if you want beaches with cafes, bars and sunbeds Unawatuna is best.
If you are a fan of architecture, there are some places in bentota designed by famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa.
There are many upscale resorts. You'll probably spend the most time in the resort so choose a comfortable one.
Prefer the countryside, maybe 3 km inland, less tourists and more interesting things, very nice local people.
Nice places to get Sri Lankan antiques but one should bargain well to get something that is worth the money.
all the enjoyment is in the water, good place to see a see forest and have a good fish theraphy massage.
A quaint and small beach town ... lovely old railway station and nice to see local playing football
Being a tourist hot spot for a long time, Bentota has always been a frequent item in tour itineraries.
There are so many food/accommodation options around and many shopping opportunities as well.
A rather small city. Bentota river safari is one of the main attraction. Beach is exceptionally clean.
Beaches, relaxation and Spa, Turtle Farms, sightseeing and a tour around, nothing much for shopping.