Bentota Beach Unveiled: Your Gateway to Tropical Heaven


Bentota each , also known as Ventura beach is a long and wide beach located in the Galle District of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 65 kilometers (40 mi) south of Colombo and 56 kilometers (35 mi) north of Galle. This beach is characterized by stretches of golden sand, swaying palm trees, and crystal clear blue waters, creating a relaxing and picturesque atmosphere. 

Bentota beach is located just south of the Bentota river mouth – which due to the peninsula behaves more like a lagoon (it is year round wave-free). It was amongst the first planned tourist developments in the island, and was always meant to be ‘spacious and family friendly’. Hence it is one of the rare beaches where no restaurants (and shacks) are allowed except those of the about seven main beachside hotels; there are still plenty of independent restaurants but a bit away from the beach.

North to the river and close to the estuary is Moragolla beach. It’s another wide beach with blue waters which is lesser crowded than bentota beach but equally impressive. (sell below map for location).


location of bentota ventura beach and moragolla beach


Owing to the lagoon like environment of Bentota river estuary there are many water sports available for the adventurous travellers. 

  • Jet Skiing

    Experience the thrill of riding a personal watercraft and explore the open waters at your own pace

  • Water Skiing

    Glide along the surface of the water on skis while being towed by a speedboat, showcasing your skills and agility

  • Windsurfing

    Harness the power of the wind to navigate the waves on a board with a sail, providing an exhilarating surfing and sailing experience in one.

  • Banana Ride

    Hop on an inflatable banana-shaped boat and hold on tight as it's dragged by a speedboat for an exciting and fun-filled adventure

  • Wakeboarding

    Glide across the water on a board while being towed by a speedboat, combining elements of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing for an adrenaline-filled experience

  • Jet-Ski Tours

    Embark on guided jet ski tours around the Bentota area, allowing you to explore the coastal beauty and discover hidden gems along the way.

  • Tube Rides

    Hold on tight to an inflatable tube as you are towed by a speedboat, bouncing over the waves and having a splashing good time

Where to stay?

bentota beach area boasts many luxury bechfront and riverfront resorts so comfortable accommodation is easy to find. Budget friendly options like guest houses and vacation rentals are also available for the thrifty travellers.

Are there restaurants available?

There are beach restaurants in Moragolla area. The restaurants of the beach resorts are open to everyone and to the land side along the Galle road you can find many decent eateries.

What is the best time to visit?

The peak season of the Bentota beach is December to March and July to September.

Best time to visit Bentota in Sri Lanka is from November to April. During this period, Bentota experiences a tropical climate with calm seas, making it perfect for beach activities and water sports. The weather is generally hot throughout the year, with average temperatures varying very little.

What are the nearby attractions you can visit from Bentota?

  • Madu River Safari

    Embark on a boat safari on the Madu River, which is situated close to Bentota. The river is lined with mangrove forests and abundant wildlife, allowing visitors to experience the natural beauty of the area

  • Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

    Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, a popular conservation project near Bentota. Learn about Sri Lanka's efforts to protect endangered sea turtle species and witness baby turtles being released into the ocean

  • Jeffrey Bawa's Brief Garden

    Explore Brief Garden, a tranquil garden situated near Bentota. Created by a renowned Sri Lankan landscape architect, the garden is known for its beautiful vegetation, sculptures, and serene atmosphere

  • Lunuganga Estate

    Visit the Lunuganga Estate, another creation of Bevis Bawa, which showcases his architectural and landscaping talents. It's a tranquil place for a leisurely walk and exploration.

  • Explore Beruwala

    Explore the nearby town of Beruwala, known for its fishing harbor, vibrant marketplaces, and the Kechimalai Mosque, which is an important Islamic site in Sri Lanka.

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