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Introducing Aluthgama, Bentota & Induruwa

Protected from noisy Galle Rd by the sluggish sweep of the Bentota Ganga, the ribbon of golden sand that makes up Bentota beach is a glorious holiday sun-and-fun playground. While it’s primarily dominated by big package hotels, it also has a number of smaller places catering to independent travellers. There are more such places in Aluthgama, a small town on the main road between Beruwela and Bentota. Many of the pricier places to stay listed here also have respected Ayurveda centres.

Aluthgama has a raucous fish market, local shops and the main train station in the area. Induruwa doesn’t really have a centre – it’s spread out along the coast.

In 2014, clashes erupted between supporters of a militant Buddhist group (Bodu Bala Sena) and the local Muslim population, following a rally organised by the Buddhist hardliners. Up to four people were killed, many were injured and a number of properties were destroyed. As of press time, there were no further incidents.