Bentota, Sri Lanka: where the River and Sea collides


There is something magical about a land where the river meets the sea, a place filled with vibrancy. This destination is ideal for incentives as it offers a mixed bag of activities and experiences. 




Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka, a country which attracts families, adrenaline junkies, eco-tourists, wellness seekers and foodies of all budgets. Recently, Sri Lanka has been proclaimed as the best travel destination in 2019 by Lonely Planet list.


Mangroves and river deltas bringing in a diverse cacophony of bird life with their beautiful colours and song. Boat rides into the watery jungle give you a chance to captures some memories on photographs.


The main Bentara River is perfect for extreme and Eco activities. You can ride the water on a tube or a banana with all your friends, no one will judge you if you let go and scream out loud, it’s just pure fun and adrenaline. 


Thanks to the mangroves a thriving mask industry has taken roots here. Take a trip to one of the factories or homes of the traditional mask makers, and see how these amazing and unique craftsmen work. You can also try your painting skills at putting the finishing touches and purchase one to take home with you.



If you travel to Bentota during the months of November through April, take a trip to Mirissa just an hour and a half away. Join in a safari to watch the Dolphins spin and turn with hundreds of their friends and family. Go a bit further and watch the resident Whales on the surface and how they blow out water while they breathe in air. This is a magical and awesome sight, and if you are lucky you will see more than just one of these giants. 


Whale Watching


Try not to miss out on trying stilt fishing, all along the coast of Sri Lanka you will see these poles set deep into the beach where you can perch atop and fly fish. Why not also visit a moonstone mine, see how these miners go down deep into the belly of the earth and bring out these milky white stones, there is also opportunity to watch them create beautiful jewellery.


Fishing in Sri Lanka



Let’s also not forget the puppeteers; beautiful dolls are crafted and strung through a string, and the local folk put on a typical folk dance with the chanting of songs. The stage show is quite entertaining and colourfully set.   


If this is not enough to fill your days, you can also visit a farm where the turtle eggs are lovingly rescued and nurtured till they are hatched till they are ready to be set free to the big wide ocean. 


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