Attractions

Gardens in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Brief Garden

Ten kilometres inland from Bentota is the Brief Garden. A barely controlled riot of a garden out of The Jungle Book, the grounds are a lovely place to get lost. The house, which used to be the home of Bevis Bawa, br…
Buddhist Temple in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Galapata Raja Temple

About 3km inland from Bentota, on the south bank of the Bentota Ganga, this unexpected 12th-century temple has some lovely murals and a 2500-year-old dagoba that is said to hold the canine tooth of Buddha's main dis…
Market in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Aluthgama Market

Aluthgama has a bustling market every Monday, located across the train line, towards Dharga Town.
Mosque in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Kechimalai Mosque

The first recorded Muslim settlement on the island took place at Beruwela, 6km north of Aluthgama, in 1024. The Kechimalai Mosque, on a headland north of the hotel strip, is said to be built on the site of the landi…
Buddhist Monastery in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Kalutara Bhodiya

This impressive Buddhist complex features a sacred bodhi tree and a huge hollow dagoba (stupa) with an interesting painted interior depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. It’s immediately south of the Kalu Ga…