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The River House

Balapitiya, Bentota, Sri Lanka

The River House is located in Balapitiya, near Bentota on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. It's roughly 120km from Colombo airport (2.5 - 4 hours’ drive depending on traffic).

By Air:
Colombo Bandaranaike (120km away) is the closest international airport. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving it.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange for an air-conditioned taxi to collect you from the airport – see Rates. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take the slow but scenic coastal train from Colombo. With prior notice, arrangements can be made for a complimentary pick-up from the train station in Ambalangoda.

Sri Lankan Airlines also operates an internal air taxi service to Bentota, which (budget permitting) is the quickest way to travel. Enquire when booking for more details.

Getting Around
Guests can use the hotel's own tuk-tuk free of charge. If this is being used by another person, or you want to take a longer excursion, staff can arrange a taxi.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Sri Lanka and getting around


  • Colombo Bandaranaike International 120.0km CMB


  • beach: 0.5 km
  • shop: 3.0 km
  • restaurant: 0.1 km
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe River HouseSri Lankan fashion designer Taru certainly had a knack for choosing the best waterside location when she created The River House. Set on the banks of the broad Madhu Ganga river, this slick and stylish hotel lies amidst 7 acres of tropical gardens, which are alive with colourful birds and chattering monkeys. With beautiful views and space to breathe, it's stunningly secluded. The 5 huge [r:SL037:suites] are uber-generous and mix contemporary style with Sri Lankan touches. Forget shabby-chic, this is grown-up design on a grand scale; you'll find individual slate plunge pools, vaulted ceilings, enormous bathrooms with polished concrete floors and kingsize beds covered with intricate Indian bedspreads. This is more like a luxury private villa than a hotel, and it's as peaceful as it gets.

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