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  • Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa and south-western Sri Lanka

    Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa and south-western Sri Lanka

    As well as beautiful beaches, this area of Sri Lanka also is home to small fishing communities with fascinating local culture and handicrafts, a fascinating eco-system and further inland, the undisturbed Sinharaja Rainforest.

    Wadduwa
    Wadduwa is a village on the coast about 35km south of Colombo. It has golden sand beaches lined with coconut plantations, small fishing communities, private villas and a few hotels. It is famous for its rich cultivation of coconut palms and as a major producer of toddy and vinegar. The name Wadduwa is said to originate from the Sinhalese words ‘veda dooya’ meaning land of the native doctors. The shops, sights and Royal Golf course of Colombo are accessible within an hour.
    Where to stay: The Blue Water Hotel, a first-class resort hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa; Reef, an exotic luxury hideaway by the beach; or Serene Pavilions, an exclusive boutique hotel with wonderful ocean views.

    Bentota

    Bentota is a well-established, planned tourist resort with mid to upper class resort hotels. It is best known for its long stretches of sandy, palm-fringed beach. The sea is generally calm between December and April, the most popular tourist season, though all the hotels we feature have their own swimming pool (in varying sizes) for swimming. There are water sports facilities on the Bentota Ganga (river) with water-skiing, jet-skiing, surfing, windsurfing and sailing, deep-sea fishing and wreck or reef diving (PADI qualified instructors available). Boat trips on the river are increasingly popular; take a raft to enjoy the silence of the mangrove swamps. The village is a sleepy and relaxed mix of houses, villas and resort hotels set in lush tropical surroundings, with some shops, local restaurants and a handicraft centre on the roadside. Neighbouring Aluthgama across the river has more shops and a thriving marketplace.
    Where to stay: Vivanta by Taj, an all-round resort with excellent holiday facilities; Saman Villas, an intimate and luxurious resort in a striking position; Paradise Road – The Villa Bentota, a uniquely designed boutique property; Club Villa, an unpretentious and elegant hotel in natural surroundings; or Lunuganga, a beautiful country estate designed by Geoffrey Bawa.

    Beruwela
    The port of Beruwela also borders Bentota on the northern side of the river. The first Arab traders to settle on the island arrived here many centuries ago, though now it is better known as a package-style tourist resort with mostly lower to mid range hotels on the beach or riverfront. A short distance inland, the landscaped gardens of Brief (the home of Bevis Bawa) are worth a visit, especially for garden lovers.
    Where to stay: Any hotel in Bentota (Vivanta by Taj, Saman Villas, Paradise Road – The Villa Bentota, Club Villa, Lunuganga)

    Between Bentota and Galle
    The coastline between Bentota and Galle is the location of several sea turtle hatcheries, including the Kosgoda hatchery (open daily) where the eggs are protected until they hatch. Just south of this lies the village of Ahungalla with its sandy shoreline, followed by Balapitiya where the Madu river enters the sea. Before it does so, the river opens out into a wide river lagoon with 15 islands and many mangrove islets, constituting a fascinating and complex coastal wetland ecosystem – boat trips can be arranged. Ambalangoda is regarded as the centre for mask making in Sri Lanka; you can watch craftsmen transform blocks of wood into exotic and colourful masks, traditionally used in dances, theatre and healing rituals. Shortly before the historic city of Galle on the south-west tip, you come to the lively tourist resort of Hikkaduwa, with its restaurants, guest houses and shops catering mainly to lower budgets and water sports enthusiasts. Its coral reef is a good place for viewing reef fish in shallow waters, by snorkelling or from a glass-bottomed boat. Divers can explore the reefs and shipwrecks in deeper waters and there are some diving schools with ‘PADI’ qualified diving instructors. The breakwaters at Hikkaduwa are popular with surfers too.
    Where to stay: The River House, a luxury villa in a beautiful riverside setting about 20km south of Bentota; Heritance Ahungalla, a first class beach resort in an ideal location about 13km south of Bentota; or Aditya, a designer chic boutique hotel by the beach just south of Hikkaduwa.

    Madu Ganga River and Lagoon
    Before the Madu Ganga river enters the sea at Balapitiya, it opens out into a wide river lagoon with 15 islands and many mangrove islets, constituting a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. This area, known as the Madu Ganga Wetlands, is home to pristine mangrove forests and over 300 species of plants and 245 species of animals. It is a fascinating place to explore by boat, not only for its ecological significance but for its beauty and for the local life of the islands and shores. Boat trips will more than likely reveal small villages, prawn farms, sand mines as well as intriguing flora, fauna and wildlife.
    Where to stay: The River House, a riverside estate and tropical gardens offering relaxation surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty.

    Sinharaja Rainforest (Inland)
    Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1989 because of its international significance, Sinharaja is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found. Rising from 300 to 1170 metres in altitude, it is humid (90%) with dense canopy, cicadas and cascading rivers and awesomely tall trees. Inevitably, there are plenty of leeches too. There are set walking paths and a national park warden will accompany you throughout. The north entrance to Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve is between 2 and 3 hours drive from any of the villages/hotels along the south- west coast (the last part is by jeep along a very bumpy track!)
    Where to stay: Boulder Garden, an all suite boutique hotel set amidst the boulders and rainforest; or Rainforest Edge, an eco-lodge offering family-style service in a traditional and authentic setting.

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