Bentota has been a popular beach destination among tourist due to its proximity to Colombo and Galle. Travellers will love the wide sandy beaches on the southern end of Bentota, with calm water making it perfect for diving and water sports activities for tourists. Bentota beach is divided into two sections, one being the still water of the Bentota lagoon and the other being the “Paradise Island” on the north. The Bentota Lagoon offers to tourists a wide range of water-sports activities such as wind-surfing, water-skiing, canoeing, banana-boating and deep-sea fishing.
Bentota Ganga (river) has been an important tourist attraction since the 19th century. Boat tours can also be taken up the beautiful river that provide an ideal opportunity to observe a variety of fauna – from herons to crocodiles – associated with a wetland environment. Additional traveller attractions around Bentota are the Turtle hatchery and Galapata Vihara. Bentota has a number of tourist resorts and upmarket hotels that are also a part of package deals.