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Gardens in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Brief Garden

You'll find the Brief Garden 10 kilometres inland from Bentota. 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 …
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…
International in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Amal Restaurant

The restaurant of the Amal Villa is a deservedly popular place, with both interior and beachside dining options. The attached beach bar has live music and bonfire parties on the first Saturday of the month.
Seafood in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Wunderbar Hotel and Restaurant

The Wunderbar Hotel and Restaurant has an enjoyable 1st-floor cabana-style restaurant open to nonguests and sea breezes, and a decent selection of seafood and Western dishes.
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…