Sri Lanka’s golden beaches
When in Sri Lanka, it is essential to spend a little downtime at one of its palm-fringed beaches. No matter if you are traveling with small children or friends or you prefer to stay in a luxurious resort or a small cabana, over 1300 kilometers of jaw-dropping coastline have something to offer for everyone.
The west coast is the preferred location for many sun-seekers because of the vicinity of Sri Lanka’s international airport. Weary travelers either start or end their tour of Sri Lanka here with a few days of relaxation. The area offers a lot of shops, restaurants and water sport activities.
- Negombo, a tourist hotspot nicknamed Sri Lanka’s ‘Little Italy’ because of the many Catholic churches present.
- Less touristic is Mount Lavinia beach in Colombo, located next to the famous Mount Lavinia hotel. It’s mostly local people trying to escape busy Colombo on weekends that enjoy the little restaurants that serve the fresh grilled fish from the Indian Ocean here.
- Bentota beach is famous for its nearby lagoon that makes water sports possible all year round. Bentota river makes for excellent boat safari’s because of its uncharted mangrove forests and wonderful birdlife.
- Hikkaduwa, once a hippies’ hangout, is famous for its nightlife. Its multi coloured coral reefs have developed the towns’ reputation for snorkeling and scuba diving. Unfortunately over time irresponsible tourism has resulted in significant damage to the reef.
- The beautiful bay of Tangalle is suitable for beach and culture lovers alike, because of the vicinity of ancient monasteries, giant Buddha statues and shrines.
- Mirissa is ranked as a top destination to see blue whales. No wonder that this picturesque beach town is the best place to go whale watching.
- The secluded bay of Unawatuna can be found just 5 km south of the VOC fort in Galle. These safe waters offer the opportunity to learn diving or surfing in the shadow of a beautiful stupa that crowns the green hill behind the beach.
- Uppuveli and Nilaveli’s virgin beaches offer the advantage of being in close proximity of Pigeon Island a marine national park that makes for good diving and snorkeling- and the city of Trincomalee.
- The pearly white beaches of Passikudha stretch far and wide. Nearby reefs make it one Sri Lanka’s safest beaches and its shallow crystal clear waters allow for a relaxed swim.
- According to legend the beaches of Batticaloa, or Batti- are famous for its singing fish. Between April and September strange sounds can be heard in its lagoon. Some say mysterious marine life are responsible for these melodies.
- The cool crowds hang out in Arugam Bay, which is considered to be among the 10 best surfing beaches in the world. The nearby town is a laidback collection of small restaurants and guest houses.