This scenic coastline shows Sri Lanka at its most developed with the established resort of Bentota along with the bustling town of Kalutara, both of which are dotted with wonderful hotels and dining options, while those who enjoy a more serene pace of life, should look no further than the small resort of Ahungalla. However, what they all share are golden beaches, swaying coconut palms and the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Nestled between the beautiful Bentota River, a tropical lagoon and the Indian Ocean is Bentota, one of the south west coast's most established beach resorts. The wide expanse of golden sands face the Indian Ocean and are lined by a superb choice of hotels, from boutique to bustling, suiting all tastes and budgets. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy everything from jet skiing and windsurfing to wakeboarding and canoeing on the calm waters of the lagoon, take an excursion along the river or enjoy diving and snorkelling around the reefs that can be found close to the shore.
Once an important spice trading centre, Kalutara is today best known for its long stretch of fine sandy beach and whilst it is one of the largest settlements along the coast, it remains reasonably unspoilt. When you can tear yourself away from the beach, you'll find busy, colourful markets to explore along with some beautiful Buddhist temples.
Ahungalla is a small coastal fishing village nestling amidst coconut groves and with an idyllic palm-fringed sandy beach. Surrounded by farmland and paddy fields, it really is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday.
The south west coast beaches are a prime nesting site for turtles and at the Turtle Conservation Project in Kosgoda you can visit the hatchery and observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. This stretch of coastline is also known for its Ayurvedic centres with an array of therapies designed to relax and rejuvenate.
GMT + 5.5 hours
Sri Lankan rupee. Travellers cheques are not accepted.
The drive from Colombo airport to Ahungalla is approximately 3.5 hours; Kalutara is 2 hours and Bentota is 2.5 hours.
The south west coast’s weather is governed by the south western monsoon. Average temperatures throughout the year rarely drop below 30ºC but the sunniest weather is from November to March, while rainfall is at its highest between June and September.
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