Bentota is a town located on the southern tip of the Galle District of the Southern Province. The name comes from a mythical story which dates back to kings time saying a demon called Bem ruled this river (tota = river bank). Bentota is a tourist attraction, with a local airport (Bentota River Airport) and a few world-class hotels. It is a destination for watersports. 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.