Bentota and Beruwala
About Bentota and Beruwala
Located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the beach resorts of Bentota and Beruwala are two of Sri Lanka's most popular beach holiday destinations with long, sweeping sandy beaches fronting the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. With a plethora of accommodation options, thrilling watersports and more leisurely pursuits, Bentota and Beruwala make an ideal addition to a tour of Sri Lanka offering plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the coast.
Bentota is famous for its pristine beaches and earned a notable position in the Forbes Best Beaches in Asia Awards in 2010. This is even more impressive considering this was one of the beaches damaged by the 2004 tsunami. Backed by the Bentota Lagoon the area offers a whole host of watersports including water skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing and surfing. Bentota has a great selection of upmarket hotels and villas, many designed by local architect Geoffrey Bawa. Bentota is also famed for the famous jeweller Aida, the production of a Toddy (a coconut nectar based alcoholic beverage) and the world famous ancient art of healing called Ayurveda.
North of Bentota is the attractive beach of Beruwala that stretches 130km. The beachfront has undergone extensive redevelopment in recent years resulting in a fantastic choice of accommodation. Beruwala town is of particular historical significance for that fact that Sri Lanka's first Muslims settled here and it's home to the country's oldest mosque - the Kechimalai Mosque. Many Muslims still reside in the area and make their living as gem merchants in the China Fort area.
Bentota and Beruwala Tours
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Bentota and Beruwala
Bentota and Beruwala Hotels
If you are planning a Bentota and Beruwala holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Bentota Beach Hotel Bentota and Beruwala
Bentota Beach is a spacious hotel set in tropical gardens. The rooms all have private balconies and the specialised sports centre (Club Inter Sport) offers an array of motorised water-sports that get the adrenaline pumping.
Eden Resort & Spa - Beruwala Bentota and Beruwala
The Eden Resort and Spa is a relaxing hotel that combines elegance and charm. The selection of rooms are spacious and well equipped with lovely timber flooring and air conditioning. The hotel itself also offers a plethora of restaurants plus an onsite spa.
The Surf Hotel Bentota and Beruwala
The Surf Hotel offers well appointed and stylishly designed rooms and suites, each with a breath taking view of what is known to be “the longest stretch of beach” on the south west coast. Its Ayurvedic retreat offers a carefully developed and comprehensive approach to physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing through the many treatments.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Bentota and Beruwala Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Bentota and Beruwala.