Top Beaches in Sri Lanka for your beach holiday

Get that tan lounging under the tropical sun, relaxing on the golden sands of Sri Lanka. An island in the Indian Ocean, here, you are assured of that idyllic beach that you have so often dreamt of, with summer weather at a warm 27?C! It is where your breakfast may have the freshest catch from the sea, where you can watch golden sunsets, surf effortlessly on the morning waves, go diving among coral reefs or spend some quiet time at a privy beach. A beautiful coastal tourist destination in Sri Lanka is perfect for your next vacation. Especially in the west and south coasts!

Negombo
Located just 35 km north of the capital city Colombo, and just 6km from the international airport, you can find tourist beaches, fishing villages and coconut estates in this city well-known for its seafood. Things to see include Catholic churches, the lovely lagoon and romantic sunsets and outrigger canoes, when you visit Negombo.

Bentota, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa
Bentota (64 km) abound with five star hotels it is a honeymoon destination and a relaxing beach resort area where you can go on boat trips and enjoy varied water sports! Going further down you will encounter Ambalangoda famed for its Mask Dancing and Mask Making. Along the road is Hikkaduwa, 99 km from Colombo, a town renowned for surfing and diving opportunities as well as a great night life.

Galle to Hambanthota
An ancient sea port town with an old world charm, Galle is a natural harbour and famous for its Dutch Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with impressive walls, museums, churches and pretty boutique hotels that attracts many a tourist. The best southern beach is found in the town of Unawatuna (124 km from Colombo), a diving heaven where food is scrumptious and with small hotels and guesthouses as well as that all important great stretch of beach!

You can also visit the beach at Mirrissa – famous for whale watching trips, Weligama to sit by the beautiful bat and watch stilt fishermen (an sight the house built by a French Count on the little islet off the coast), the Dutch Star Fort at Matara and the underground Werahera temple, Dondra at the south most tip of the island, reefy Dickwella for swim in the sea, Polhena for sunbathing and the four mile wide bay at Tangalle for snorkeling and visiting Kalametiya bird sanctuary. While Hambantota, a fast developing township with modern buildings and new harbour, is a located in the dry and arid region close by to Kataragama and Yala National Park.

The Sri Lankan East coast with its the waves, the beaches and the golden tropical sun has been attracting tourists from around.

Trincomalee
The port town of Trincomalee, famed for its natural harbour ranked 5th largest in the world, holds great beauty and history. Once the base for Portuguese, Dutch and English colonists, it was admired by Lord Nelson in 1770 aboard the HMS Seashore, as one of the finest harbours in the world. Tourist attractions include the one and half centuries old Fort Federick, with cliffy Swarmi rock with a the sad love story revolving around its. Atop the rock is the highly venerated Thirukoneswaram Kovil. The sports enthusiast can go fishing and angling as well as whale watching, but in going diving and swimming please consider advice by lifeguards and hotel personnel.

Nilaveli Beach
A 15 km beach stretching from Uppuvli to Nilaveli. Located close to Trincomalee, this sub bathing destination holds crystal blue waters and white beaches. Attractions close by include the Red Rock Beach – an estuary perch and pinkish colour boulders.
Pigeon Island
Lying 2km off the coast of Nilaveli is the diving, snorkeling and sea bathing destination – Pigeon island. Having taken a boat ride across to get to the island, visit the Marine Park and feast your eyes on rare corals and marine animals as well as endemic and migrant birds.

Batticaloa
A coastal town gifted with a very charming lagoon located 314 km east of Colombo, fast becoming a thriving tourist destination spotted with holiday villas as well as upcoming star class hotels, it is known for its ‘singing fish’ and picturesque lagoon.
Kalkudah and Pasekudah
Protected by the calm reef, Kalkudah in the east coast is located 32km from Batticaloa and is renowned as a sea bathing destination. While Kalkudah faces the east, Pasekudah beach faces the north and is gifted with calm and clear waters and sandy beaches, a location ideal for windsurfers, water skiers as well as divers.

Arugambay
Located in the south east, is a surfer’s haven and one of the top ten surfer’s spots in the world, having made a mark on ASP World Tour calendar. Famed for body boarding, beginner/intermediate surfing and long boarding and now for kite-surfing, you can enjoy your ride at three points: The Point (for bigger breaks), Pottuvil Point and Crocodile Rock. Be ready to walk on foot, take a tuk tuk or hire a boat to get to the best places to surf. Located close to Lahugala National Park (famed for elephants) and Yala East National Park as well as must see places in a Bird Watcher’s map, Pottuvil lagoon and Kumana Bird Sanctuary.

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