By reaching this coastal area, either by train or by private van, you will be fascinated by the many things you can do here. The three beach resorts show a striking similarity regarding accommodation and beaches, specifically regarding four and five star resort hotels. Bentota is the one that is most known by tourists, but Aluthgama and Beruwala offer equal pristine beaches. In fact the three resorts have merged and now form a unity in fine beach holiday enjoyment with an interesting package of watersports and excursions in the immediate, as well as the extended area.
Bentota has a wide range of watersports to offer, both at the lagoon-like Bentota River and at the sea, while Beruwala has a lively town center and several interesting places of interest, such as the fishing harbour, the lighthouse on a separate small island in the sea, two old mosques and a famous street gem market. Moreover there are some interesting small Buddhist temples you can visit and ‘the Brief’, a villa with a lush garden, completed with a lot of art work, which belonged to the family of the most famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and his brotherBevis Bawa, who was an artist. The villa is about 20 minutes outside Bentota.
The excursion package in the extended area comprises the town of Kalutara with a colossal Dagaba, worth a visit, the Mask museum in Ambalangoda,the Moonstone pits between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa and the historic town inside the Galle Fort.
The great golden beaches in this area, which stretch southward for many miles, will be beyond your expectations. South of Bentota is the beach resort Induruwa, typically a seemingly endless stretch of wide, beautiful beach, suitable for long walks in the early morning or late afternoon. There are several excellent resort hotels, but also smaller and boutique hotels are available. There is not something like a nice village center with cafes and entertainment in Induruwa. For that Bentota, Aluthgama and Beruwala are more suitable destinations. Induruwa is more for the relaxation seeker.