Shiny White Beaches

sun and beach

Being an island Sri Lanka is surrounded by sea and a perfect destination for a beach holiday. When the seas are rough on one side of the island it is calm waters on the other side. So it is a year round beach destination.

Hikkaduwa

Located 98 km south of Colombo, Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular beach resorts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s only marine sanctuary is located her. It is an ideal place for nature lovers with its abundant corals and tropical fishes. Hikkaduwa has something to offer to everyone-coral for snorkelers, waves for surfers and white pristine beaches for those who want to relax and enjoy Sun and sand.

Coral Sanctuary

The large shallow body of water is enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi coloured corals it is home to countless number of colourful coral fish, lobsters, large turtles and microscopic marine creatures. Approximately 200 m away from the beach there is a collection of tiny islets that are surrounded by beautiful coral formations. The four different shipwrecks waiting to be explored are a treat for the diving enthusiasts. The corals are located only 4 m below water, therefore can be easily accessed by novice divers; however if diving is too adventurous visitors could take a trip on a glass bottomed boat to enjoy the beauty of the coral sanctuary.

            

 

Benthota

Bentota is a popular city amongst tourists eager enjoy the beautiful beaches that Sri Lanka has to offer. There are many large luxury hotels in the area and a few boutique hotels that all promise to be a comfortable ‘home away from home’ as you enjoy the sand and surf. Bentota is well-experience with what tourists want, so you can arrange almost anything from swimming, diving and fishing to water-sports like water skiing, wind-surfing, jet-skiing and tubing.

With so many great hotels within walking distance of each other, you never have to eat at the same place twice. A short walk along the beach will take you through at least 5 beautiful hotels, and the seafood is fresh and delicious at every one of them. The night life is also quite lively during tourist season, and you will be able to meet many people from all over and swap stories of your travels.

Visiting the colourful and friendly local beach community will be a treat, you will find that a surprising number of the locals have picked up German and other languages from the tourists frequenting Bentota. So you might be able to get local tips on what to see and do in Bentota.

The beaches are also home to Sri Lanka’s famous Giant Sea Turtles and you can visit the nearby hatchery at Kosgoda. The hatchery has prepared protected beds of sand for the eggs, laid annually and large tanks to view the young before they are returned to the sea.

            


Beruwala

‘Powdery sands, towering palms and a heavenly coral-reefed bay- Beruwala is nothing short of beach holiday bliss.’

If Sri Lanka has one all-out beach resort, Beruwala is it. Just north of Bentota, it’s a plum spot for serious beach lovers thank to its dazzling combination of sun, sea and sand. The Beaches something else. Soft golden sand that feels like warm talcum powder underfoot. Giant palm fronds rustling lightly in the tropical breeze. All in a breath? Stoppingly beautiful corralled bay. Put simply, it’s gorgeous.

When you fancy swapping the scenery for a taste of authentic Sri Lankan food, tuck into a spicy prawn korma or scented coconut fish curry at one of the cheap and cheerful cafes edging the sands. Follow it with a sticky rice pudding drizzled in sweet palm treacle. And as a fitting finale, order a glass of the locally made firewater, arrack, fermented from the sap of the coconut palms swaying above you. Delicious. While you’re here take time to visit Aluthgama.


Squeezed between Beruwala and bentota, this vibrant little town brims with fascinating food, souvenir and sari stalls. It also boasts a lively fish market where fishermen offload the morning’s catch from outrigger canoes. Slightly quieter attractions include the atmospheric Kachimalani Mosque, built where the first Muslim traders arrived on the island in the 11thcentury. And if you fancy messing about in a boat, take a trip to the picturesque nearby island to climb its lighthouse and wallow in the stunning views. We promise you won’t forget them in a hurry.


56 km. south of Colombo, Beruwala marks the beginning of a 130 km. stretch of beach where resort development has taken immense strides in the past few years. Good bathing may be had in the bay all year round.   


            

 

Mt.Lavinia

Twelve kilometers from Colombo, on the road to Galle, is the beach resort of Mt. lavinia. It lies alongside a wind-swept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian Ocean. With its white sand and calm waves, Mt.Lavinia is a popular bathing spot. The Governors House built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland has now been converted into the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel.

            

  

Negombo

Negombo situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same once has been a trading port for Portugese and Dutch and is a ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the airport.

Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the wetern coast of Sri Lanka, just a short drive north of Colombo. As it is also very close to the Airport, Negombo is a convenient place to either begin or end your trip to Sri Lanka. You can relax on beautiful beaches, view incredible sunsets and enjoy western and Sri Lanka food. Se food is very popular and is caught fresh daily by Negombo fishermen. Visit a fishing village and the bustling early-morning fish auction as the catamarans come ashore with their bounty of fresh seafood.

Take a boat ride into the Muthurajawela Marshes-rich in bird life and amphibians. Negombo by night also has a comparatively lively atmosphere with a scattering of independent bars and restaurants down the coastal strip. Experience the Western coast of Sri Lanka, which truly is paradise.

            

 

Trincomalee

Situated 250 km from the capital Colombo, Trincomalee is a natural harbor. Horatio Nelson, the British admiral of the 18th century had described Trincomalee as the finest harbor in the world. Trincomaalee offers some of the best sea bathing in the country. In the northern stretch of ‘Trinco’ known as Nilaweli, shallow beach goes up to half a mile into the sea. The hot wells and the Pigeon Islands are the important places of tourist interest in the vicinity. There is an old Portuguese/Dutch fort reminiscent of the Colonial era.

Nilaweli            

Nilaweli-situated at a distance of 271 km from Colombo-is a prime beach resort on the East coast. The beach has ample water sports facilities including fishing and sea angling. Nilaweli is ideally suited for sun bathing and diving. A few metres from the coast is a small rocky island good for snorkeling.

            

 

Unawatuna

Unawatuna, near Galle is a beautiful wide curving golden beach. The beach has been acclaimed amongst 12 best beaches in the world. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it safe for bathing. Rumassala, a rocky outcrop projecting into the sea at Unawatuna is connected to the legend of Ramayana. It is believed to be a piece of mountain that was fallen when Lord Hanuman brought the mountain to Sri Lanka in search of a medicinal herb to treat Laxamana-Rama’s brother wounded in battle. The serene surroundings and the Dutch architecture add to the charm of the place.  

             


Aluthgama

Dividing Beruwala from Bentota, the lovely little town of Aluthgama offers a welcome dose of everyday life amidst the resorts, and remaing refreshingly unaffected by the local package tourist trade. The main street is a colourful succession of trades: a fish market straggles up its west side, with all sorts of seafood lined up on benches supervised by machete-wielding fishmongers, while at the south end of the road, local ladies flog great piles of lurid, factory-made cloth.

Aluthgamas other attraction is its good and relatively cheap selection of guest houses; these places aren’t actually on the beach, but just behind it at the edge of the beautiful lagoon at the mouth of the Bentota river – in many ways just as attractive a location as the oceanfront, especially at night, when the lights of the northern Bentota resorts twinkle prettily in the darkness across the waters. A couple of guest houses have their own boats to shuttle you quickly across the lagoon to the beach opposite, depositing you on the spit of land known as Paradise Island otherwise it’s a ten-minute walk, or a quick tuktuk ride, to the nearest section of beach at Bentota. 

            


Arugam Bay

Arugam bay is located at the “end of the road” on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. If you’re after remote rural life with all the atmosphere of jungle and adventure this is the place for you. There is no thoroughfare through our village, and once there it is very hard to leave!

The village of Arugam Bay is 5 km south and on the edge of Yala East National Park.

Arugam bay is a place for surfers, water sports freaks and wildlife aficionados with cheap to reasonable priced hotels and guesthouses.

Unfortunately Arugam Bay is on its way to become a major tourist destination, so you better hurry up while its still laid-back and original.  

Arugam bay is listed as one of the top ten surf points in the world. Situated on the southeast of Sri Lanka, Arugam bay receives the same Antarctic winter swells that hit Indonesia’s southern shores in the middle of the Year. The best time of the year for surf is between May and November when the predominant wind is offshore for at least the first half of the day.

Whether you want to dine on the beach in view of the sea or watch the world pass by from a sidewalk café, the cuisine of Arugam Bay offers just what you’re looking for. A stroll along Main Street will take you past many traditional Sri Lankan restaurants serving some of the best rice and curry on the island.You’ll find a variety of accommodation in Arugam bay with something suitable for every budget. Many of the hotels are small ‘guesthouses’.

            

 

Matara

Southern most major town in Sri Lanka and the terminus of the coastal rail line, Matara is located at a distance of 160 km from Sri Lanka. The Nilwala River, which is the lifeline of the region, runs through the town. Matara is famous for its natural beauty-white sandy beaches. Lush paddy fields, verdant tea estates, and fragrant spice plantations. The town was earlier under the Portugese and Dutch rule.

Matara Fort: Built by the Dutch around 1640, matara Fort is a fortification of a Portuguese garrison. The old Dutch church is one of the oldest structures in the Fort. There are many other structures of the Dutch and the British era most of which have undergone many changes. The star fort built in a shape of a star was built to provide additional protection to the main fort across the river.

Weligama: About 15 km from Matara towards Galle is a popular resort town of Weligama. The town is famous for its beaches. The rest house at Weligama is one of the oldest rest houses in Sri Lanka. The Aggrabodhi vihara about 1 km from the rest house towards inland is an ancient temple established in the 3 century BC.

Tangalla: located 48 km east of Matara, is one of the most pleasant places in the region for a lazy beach holiday. Facing east, the village center straddles a freshwater lagoon where a small river flows into the sea, with a fishing harbour at its mouth. North of the harbour is the long stretch of white sand known as Medaketiya. To the south, beyond a low headland, is a series of sandy coves.

            

 

Mirissa

The seas off the coast of Mirissa offers a once in a life time opportunity for visitors as it is currently becoming a major hotspot for spotting Whales and Dolphins. The main port of Sri Lanka for watching whales and Dolphins is Dondra point of drawn south because it is located closely to their migration path. The season for sighting these mammals are during the months of November to April, out of which December, January and April are the peak months, during these months the probability of spotting sperm whales and blue whales are very high moreover the chances of spotting Spinner Dolphins off Dondra point are also high. There are two vessels that make the four hour excursion, these vessels travel up to 15 nautical miles to obtain a closer view.

            

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