Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the blue water of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. This endowed with thousands miles of beautiful golden beaches that are fringed with coconut palms making it the natural and the best destination for a beach holiday. Most of the tourists and the locals are attracted to the places which have been famous with historical heritage such as Galle in the South Coast for a Sun and Sand holiday. The drive along the west and south west coast also offers interesting stopovers such as batik factories or turtle hatcheries or activities like paying homage at a local temple, buying local fruits from roadside venders and getting first-hand knowledge on the art of toddy making.
Sri Lanka’s largest beach resort is only 15 minutes from the Airport. If you do not like long transfers, this is just about the best option for a beach holiday or end of tour beach stay in Sri Lanka. It is also a great choice if you want a stopover night to relax on the beach on arrival prior to the start of an island tour, or to recharge yourself after a long flight.
Sri Lanka’s most famous beach resort has a beautiful succession of gentle, curved bays backed by the large lagoon of the Bentota River. The finest beaches in Sri Lanka start from here and go southwards. Some of the island’s most luxurious beach hotels are located at Bentota. Further south is a stretch of natural beach vegetation and coconut groves that hide a myriad of Sri Lanka’s most exclusive boutique and villa hotels.
The historic town of Galle is the focal point of the Deep South. This broadly refers to the stretch of beach between Thalpe next to Unawatuna Bay in the west and Weligama to the east. Of course Unawatuna is a beach at Galle too. It is in fact a suburb of Galle but is best treated separately.
Kalpitiya, that affords the opportunity to view large pods of Dolphins, often numbers running to hundreds, is becoming a celebrated location in Sri Lanka of the lovers of Spinner Dolphins. Kalpitiya, for its presence of Sperm Whales and an occasional Blue Whale alone is a world class attraction of marine life. Whales are regularly seen around the Kalpitiya Peninsula.
Trincomalee is a small city on a peninsula located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The area is historically and presently most well known as a harbor and for centuries the Dutch, Portuguese, French and English fought for control of the area, and was once an important docking place for sea traders from China and East Asia. Most people just pass through the city on their way to the nearby beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli, but the harbour town itself is charming, overlooking the harbor and open seas.
Passikudah is a small coastal village situated in the east of Sri Lanka about 35km from Batticaloa. It is famous for its golden bay and clear, shallow waters in which you can wade 50m out to sea. It is a virgin beach and renowned throughout the country for its beauty.
Mirissa and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transform your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality. This small sandy tropical beach boasts some of Sri Lanka’s best and most stunning sunsets and sunrises. All the Guest Houses in Mirissa are set back from the actual beach giving you the impression that you are on a deserted palm fringed island.
Identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and the 4th best beach in South-East Asia and is also among the 10 best surfing beaches in the world. Beach is set with a serene palm-rimmed village of simple restaurants and cabanas. Often referred to as a surfer’s paradise, this beach has some of the best conditions for a variety of water sports including swimming and wind sailing