Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bentota - the best beach on the west coast of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is fringed by beautiful beaches, from those bronzed by the sun to those that look like white powdered sand. The centre of the island is dominated by hill country and offers a refreshing change from the heat of the sun. With the advent of peace in the country, Sri Lanka is fast becoming recognised as a must visit destination of the world. And due to most parts of the island being inaccessible due to the civil war, it makes most parts of the island, untouched and pure. The beauty of the island can be easily explored within a matter of hours. Known as the oldest Buddhist nation of the world, the island is a wonderful place to explore with seven listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shopping is so downright cheap sometimes that you are sure to go home with your bags laden. The sun always seems to shine on this island, and the memories will stay with you long after your tan has faded.

The west coast of the island is one of the places that are worth exploring. And Bentota holds the prime place with one of the best beaches on this side of the island with accommodation that caters to all wallet sizes; from budget to the utmost of luxury. Dining is splendid with the fresh seafood that is brought straight from the seas every morning, except on poya days of course. And for those antique lovers and cultural explorers, Bentota is home to beautiful architecture, temples and a smattering of shops that sell quaint local handicrafts.

Besides basking in the sun and soaking up a good tan, this sunny coastal town offers easy access to many other tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Visit the wild elephants of Lahugala National Park or go on a trek to visit the 2nd century ruins of Kudimbigala.

Water sports in Sri Lanka are best enjoyed at Bentota. Varying on the season and wind conditions, a tourist can partake in such activities as surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing and bogey boarding. Voted as one of the best places to surf in the world during the months of July and August, Bentota is a great place to be all year round.

So pack your bags and get ready for a holiday of a life time! When looking for Bentota hotels that you can trust and offers value for money none stands out like the hotels provided by John Keells Hotels Group. With properties in some of the most sought after destination in Sri Lanka, this reputed hotel chain provides Sri Lanka hotels that feature numerous accommodation options to cater to your individual needs.

By Pushpitha Wijesinghe

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