Bentota is a Sri Lankan coastal city, very famous travel destination located on the southern tip of the Galle District of the Southern Province, about 80 kilometres from Colombo on the Colombo - Galle main road. Its population is estimated to be between 25,000-50,000. The name comes from a mythical story which dates back to kings time saying a demon called Bem ruled this river.
Bentota is a tourist No 1 tourist destination in Sri Lanka, with a local airport (Bentota River Airport) and a handful of world-class hotels. It is a destination for watersports too. It is the hosting land for the famous Sri Lankan Jeweler Aida. Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. Bentota is famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar.