The Bentota River - more commonly known as the Bentara Ganga - is a river in Bentota home to an abundance of wildlife. It is also known for the small fort that was built at its mouth by the Portuguese in the 17th century - known as the Parangi Kotuwa - and marked the southern-most territory held by the Portuguese in Sri Lanka. The point where the Bentota River joins the sea is surrounded by shady Tamarind trees and is considered to be one of the most scenic and pleasant spots in the area. Exploring the river via a river safari can prove to be a memorable experience - with the surrounding mangroves teeming with monitor lizards, crocodiles and a wealth of bird-life. A boat ride is recommended for travellers sight-seeing in Bentota - for nature enthusiasts in particular.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
The mangroves and wildlife
Plenty of private space will be available around the Bentota River area to make use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers who wish to visit a mosque will have to travel to some of the mosques in Beruwela – the neighbouring town of Bentota which is located about 6 kilometres away.
Finding Halal food in Bentota can be relatively difficult since most Halal restaurants in Bentota are road-side shops, with prominent eateries being few in number and hard to spot. Muslim travellers could also visit the neighbouring town of Beruwela – which is home to quite a large Muslim population – for more dining options.