Bentota Beruwala and Around
The focalpoint of the Sri Lankan tourist industry lies further south at the twin resorts of Bentota and Beruwala . Beruwala is the most developed resort in the island, with a beautiful wide stretch of fine golden sand flanked by a dense concentration of hotels mainly catering for European sun seekers during the northern winter.
Bentota is also the island’s water sports capital, with numerous activities ranging from jet-skiing to windsurfing on the tranquil waters of the Bentota lagoon.South of here, Bentota has an equally fine swathe of sand, but the atmosphere is more laid-back, with a sequence of fine hotels strung at discreet intervals along the coast. Bentota also offers a rewarding destination for boat trips into its tangled waterways and mangrove swamps.
Both Beruwala and Bentota have a selection of diving schools, as well as the densest concentration of ayurvedic hotels on the island. Sandwiched between Bentota and Beruwala, the workaday little town of Aluthgama is home to a cluster of attractive low-key guesthouses backing the Bentota lagoon, and offers a refreshing slice of everyday Sri Lankan life amidst the tourist development, with colourful fish and vegetable markets.
A few kilometres inland lies the picture-perfect little estate of Brief Garden, comprising a small but exquisite garden surrounding an artfully restored colonial villa stuffed full of artworks, photographs and other intriguing mementos collected by its former owner, Bewis Bawa, a famous Sri Lankan socialite, amateur artist and man-of-letters.