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Benthara River

Just a few kilometres away from the city of Bentota lies the fabled Benthara River (also known as Bentota River). The river is more notably known for its flora and fauna, as it’s a mix of mangroves and smaller fishing communities that thrives by its banks. Folklore claims that the river was once the settlement of an ancient tribe that roamed the island.

Plan to visit the Benthara River when you stay at one of our villas in Bentota, as you can witness a kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, ranging from birds to reptiles, and other rare floral species that flourish in and around the river.

Nearest City
Bentota
Key Highlight
Mangroves
Distance from Bentota
3km

A Look Into the Benthara River

  • The river is the third largest river in the country.
  • The serpentine-like river is home to several species of flora, which can be witnessed with the change in landscapes from mangroves to more green specimens.
  • Similarly, there are a myriad of reptiles that have taken refuge in its waters and banks. Such identified species are crocodiles, lizards, and a wide variety of snakes.
  • The river also acts as a source of livelihood for the local fishing society that dwells in the boundaries of Bentota.
  • It’s best known as the ideal hub for watersports.

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