One of Sri Lanka’s best-loved beach resorts, Bentota’s curved bays are backed by the glittering lagoon of the Bentota River. This beautiful coastal town lies 65 kilometres south of Colombo. Bentota has three main sections to explore: the northern harbour area, Beruwala; Aluthgama in the middle, with its protected beaches and shallow waters; the southern end, including the lagoon, which is ripe for watersports adventures. Bentota proper is to the south of the lagoon’s bridge, with the world-famous Golden Mile Beach, sandwiched between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Unsurprisingly, given Bentota’s lures, plenty of high-end hotels are dotted along its beachfront. While you’re here, relax on the sun-warmed sand, grab a bite to eat from a local restaurant, or embark on a leisurely boat tour along the tranquil river.