Enjoy the coasts of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers over 1,300 kilometers of idyllic sandy beaches. With its year-round summer and two different weather systems, whatever the time of year, there’s always a beach with sunshine and a choice of calm seas or steady surf depending on what you feel like. There’s a beach for all tastes, budgets and seasons in the lovely island of Sri Lanka.



Arugam Bay – Located about 314km from Colombo is one of the best surf sports in the world where international competitions are held annually. Due to the splendid coral reef it is also home to an abundance of tropical fish an affords delightful snorkeling opportunities as well.


It is not only the Arugam Bay beach beauty but also the surroundings which brings about lovely sceneries including over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and dunes. The very first international surfing competition was held by ISA (International Surfing Association) in the summer of 2004 and the surfing season in Arugam Bay is from the beginning of April to the end of October.


– is a coastal paradise of lagoons and beaches. Pasikuda & Kalkuda are untouched beaches in the east coast of Sri Lanka close to the town of Batticloa. Their white sands, calm water & sheer beauty remain unrivalled. Pasikuda is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world and is getting popular as a tourist destination among foreigners as well as locals.


Bentota &
– Exotic beaches are located on the Colombo - Galle road about 65km from Colombo and separated by the Bentota river. A lagoon set in the tropical greenery, River Bentara Ganga is dotted with islets rich in birdlife. There are a lot of luxury resorts with spa facilities including ayurvedic treatments and other health and beauty treatments. This is ideal not only relaxing but also for watersports including swimming, water skiing on the rivers or estuaries, snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, parasailing and fishing.


- Almost 100 kilometres south of Colombo, has long been known as Sri Lanka’s most popular beach resort, famed for its surf and coral reef as well as its wide range of accommodation, food, fun and shopping.


This is perhaps the only coastal region where that special holiday feeling dominates the town, with shops selling resort wear, renting out bicycles, offering courses in scuba diving and selling all kinds of local souvenirs, batik fabric and jewellery. You could also take a glass bottom boat for coral viewing. Today it’s a favourite with the younger visitor and the vibrant nightlife also attracts young Sri Lankans looking for out-of-town fun and entertainment on the weekends. There are many hotels and guest houses to suit any budget.


Kosgoda - Kosgoda beach is one of the popular tourist destinations in the Southwest of the Island where you can visit lots of Turtles. At night marine turtles come ashore, dig a hole and lay their eggs, covering them up before heading back to sea. To avoid predatory acts, several private turtle hatcheries have been set up along the coast. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.


Mirissa – is famous for its cinnamon cultivations, rolling surf and its whale-watching seasons.


Kalpitiya -  is famed as a whale and dolphin watching hot spot.


Mount Lavinia – about twenty minutes drive from Colombo is the nation’s “city beach”, lined with restful beach restaurants and hotels.


Negombo – Negombo is a mere 07Kms from the Bandaranaike International airport, located at the mouth of Negombo lagoon and set amid lush grove coconut palms, allows you to feel the real spirit of the sea. Outrigger canoe and the catamaran used as fishing vessels can still be seen. There is also has a small port.


Trincomalee – One of the natural deep water harbors of the world, located 257km north east from Colombo. The Bay of Trincomalee s harbor is renowned for its large size. Trincomalee boasts of Nilaveli and Red Rock beaches, Konneswaram Hindu Kovil, Fort Frederik and Pigeon Island.


The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka.


On the North East Coast of Sri Lanka, Nilaveli is a pristine covered with white sands and gentle waves slip softly to shore and is the ultimate getaway for those who wish for quiet bliss on a tropical heaven, far away from the cares of life.


Fringed by a coral reef off Nilaveli in Trincomalee is the Pigeon Island, one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka, situated 1km off the coast of Nilaveli. The reason that makes Pigeon Island National Park more unique than the rest of the national parks the country has to boast of is that it´s the only national park to harbour a colony of the most beautiful Blue Rock pigeons. The national park also contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka.


Unawatuna – is considered as one of the best beaches in the world protected by coral reefs. Unawatuna Beach is lovely and picturesque, a semi-circular stretch of golden sands bordered with coconut palm trees and is located 4km s southward around the coast of Galle. It is a paradise for all who desire to listen to the silence of the sea and dive deep into the blue waters of the ocean. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it perfectly safe for bathing and this beach is voted as one of the "top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world" by the Discovery Channel and Mark Ellingham, the founder of Rough Guides .


Weligama Bay – From Tangalle Bay to Weligama is a beautiful coastline with rugged rocks, sandy beaches and coconut groves, rated by Forbes magazine as amongst Asia s Best Beaches. In fact it is a lovely place where local fishermen have adopted an almost unique way of fishing, located on the Sri Lanka s picturesque south coast. As you approach Weligama along the coast road, east from Galle you will encounter Sri Lanka s famous stilt fishermen. Each fisherman has a long pole with a crossbar that is stuck in the seabed close to the shore. The fishermen wade or swim out to these poles at times when the sea and fish are running in the right direction.




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