Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Sri Lanka’s Galle District, Bentota exudes charm and allure. Governed by an Urban Council, this coastal town sits approximately 65 kilometers south of Colombo and 56 kilometers north of Galle, gracing the southern bank of the Bentota River mouth. Its name, steeped in myth and legend, originates from the tale of a demon named ‘Bem’ who purportedly ruled over the tota, or river bank.

Bentota is a veritable tourist hotspot, boasting a local airport (Bentota River Airport) and a selection of world-class hotels. It serves as a haven for water sports enthusiasts and offers visitors the chance to experience the ancient art of Ayurveda healing. Moreover, the town is renowned for its toddy production, crafting an alcoholic beverage from the nectar of the coconut palm. For nature enthusiasts, Bentota hosts a turtle hatchery on Induruwa beach, contributing to conservation efforts and offering visitors a glimpse into the world of these fascinating creatures.

Among Bentota’s notable attractions is Brief Garden, the brainchild of renowned Sri Lankan landscape architect Bevis Bawa. Established in 1929 on the grounds of a former rubber plantation, this enchanting garden is a testament to Bawa’s creative genius. Continuously evolving until his passing in 1992, Brief Garden stands as a living testament to Bawa’s vision and legacy, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its verdant beauty and tranquil ambience.