Bentota - trapped in the bakery
Trip Start Nov 05, 2013
97Trip End May 12, 2014
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We took a walk into the main town which was bustling with locals buying their shopping. We had to buy a few things, especially sunglasses as we'd both left ours at the hostel in Singapore and had been walking around squinting for the last couple of days
We spent the next few days in Bentota lounging about on the long golden sand beach which was fairly quiet. Most of the people staying in the town were on package holidays so we think they must have been spending their days by the pool. Luke had a surfing lesson and went out on his own the next day. I went for a walk along the entire stretch of the beach one day, it must have been about 3 or 4 miles long, not sure why I decided to do this in the hottest part of the day but it was still a nice walk.
We also went to a small turtle sanctuary along the beach which was great. There were about 4 adult turtles there which were absolutely huge and hundreds of baby turtles, some only a few days old. The turtles come and lay their eggs on the beach and once they hatch the babies are looked after here and then shortly released back into the sea. We even got to hold them, Luke held the big one, I didn't think I'd be able to hold it as it looked so heavy.
There was a huge storm on one of the days, I got stranded on the beach for a couple of hours but was luckily sat under a tree. When the rain stopped we walked to the local bakery to get some lunch
Whilst in Bentota we saw lots of wildlife including a massive Iguana in the guest house garden, huge fruit bats and fire flies. We also tried a couple of traditional Sri Lankan dishes. One really nice one was called Kottu which when we ordered we didn't have a clue what it was going to be. It was roti bread diced up with veg and spices, really tasty.
Bentota has restored our faith in Sri Lanka!