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Sri Lanka is an island nation in beautiful Indian Ocean covered by wonderful beaches all around the country. Beaches cross with national parks, beach with edge of mountains, natural harbors, whale watching, surfing, beach sports, international and local beach parties, beach camping and much more… if you are a beach enthusiastic Sri Lanka is the perfect travel destination.
Our perfectly design beach travel plans will make your beach holidays to a maximum satisfaction.

Sri Lanka is a tropical island found in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.

• The country is endowed with over a thousand miles of beautiful golden beaches that are fringed with coconut palms making it the ideal destination for a beach holiday.
• A large percentage of luxurious resorts and villas as well as budget hotels are located along the coastal areas to offer tourists some of the best beach holidays in Sri Lanka.
• The main attraction for tourists and locals are undoubtedly the beaches but some places like Galle on the South coast consists of historical heritage which is an added advantage to 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, sampling local fruits from roadside vendors and getting first-hand knowledge on the art of toddy making.

Top 8 Beaches in Sri Lanka

With so many beaches to choose from, it’s a hard job compiling a list of just ten but that’s exactly what we’ve done with our selection of the most idyllic, the most fun and the most charming beach destinations from all corners of the island.

Unawatuna – For Tranquil Blue Waters

Unawatuna is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka which is famous for calm blue waters. The unique selling point of this beach is that one could spot a whale shark if lucky.
Best time to visit: Late August and early May as the south monsoon rain starts to set by mid-June
Famous for:
• Enjoy some water sport such as scuba diving and snorkeling
• relaxing the beautiful golden sand beach
• Temple visit Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
• Treat yourself to an Ayurveda massage and get pampered at the sanctuary spa
• Relax at the Thaproban Beach House and enjoy some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine
• This beach is famous for turtle nesting

Beach Unawatuna

Bentota – Beaches and Mangroves

If you are looking for a Sri Lankan beach holiday and wish to stay at resorts that specialize in medicine centers and relaxing spa, Bentota is the place for you. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka and is a perfect getaway for tourists who are looking to spend a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also one of the best beach places in Sri Lanka.
Best time to visit: Late August and early May as the south monsoon rain starts to set by mid-June
Famous for: This beach is relatively less crowded
• Try your hands-on water sports such as water skiing and canoeing
• Visit the aquatic life protection center and get an opportunity to release a turtle into the sea
• Relax at the ayurvedic centers and enjoy a relaxing spa
• Book yourself a river safari and whale watching
• Start your morning with a bicycle tour of the city

Beaches in Sri Lanka

Mirissa – Whale Watching

Number three on our list of best beaches in Sri Lanka is Mirissa. With views of aquatic wildlife in its natural habitat, Mirissa attracts people from all over the world come to Mirissa for both ecological purposes as well as for holidays.
Best time to visit: December to March to see turtle hatching, or through August to October
Famous for:
• Mirissa is one of those beaches in Sri Lanka which is ideal for swimming.
• West side of the beach is known for watersports, especially surfing, and a small coral reef
• Spot dolphins and whales, if you visit in December, you may spot turtles laying eggs too.
• Hire a boat and go fishing with the locals near the coral reef.
• Enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage in Ayurveda centers in Mirissa
• A River safari would definitely money well spent as you could see nature at its best, well
spread out paddy fields hovered by migratory birds and water animals are definitely a treat to

whale watching

Galle – For Postcard-Perfect Colonial Architecture

Galle is one of the most visited beaches in Sri Lanka. It tops the list of beaches in Colombo. With a wonderful history; Galle amazes you by the architectural beauty, the tropical weather, the aroma of spices such as the cinnamon and cloves and more. The picturesque environment of Galle often pulls many foreign artists, poets, and writers.

Best time to visit: September to March
Famous for:
• Visit the old town of Galle to see its architectural beauty
• Take a tour of the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex to experience the rich Sri
Lankan culture.
• Explore the city on a bike, visit the Japanese peace Pagoda and enroll for yoga and Pilate’s
class in Niyagama House
• Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a must visit if you want to see Sri Lankan wildlife at its best
Deep sea fishing tours and whale watching tours are a must!

Jungle beach

Hikkaduwa – Untouched Nature’s Bounty

Hikkaduwa Beach is characterized by some of the plushest hotels and nightclubs. This feature often attracts many overseas tourists. It promises loads of untouched natural beauty and relaxation for both body and soul. If you’re considering a budget trip, you can maybe give this beach a miss and go for the other shortlisted best beaches in Sri Lanka.
Best time to visit: March to September

Famous for:
• Indulge in some shopping spree in the local markets and treat yourself with silver jewelry and gemstones.
• Enjoy authentic Sri Lankan cuisine at the beach side cafes and party late in one of the best nightclubs
• Be a part of the local community in celebration of the Hikkaduwa Beach Festival
• Learn some facts about the turtles and the coral life at the Coral sanctuary where the turtle eggs are buried in the sand for hatching.
• Take a boat ride on a glass bottomed boat to have a look at the most beautiful aquatic life in the coral sanctuary

Koggala beach

Koggala – For Rare Turtle Species

Koggala is a small homely town which was built around the Second World War right after the Japanese air strikes. You can witness the rarest species of turtles in this region. That’s not all. This beach is famous among locals and tourists for its Instagram-worthy spots and the adventure sports that you can pursue here. You’ll have the time of your life here!
Best time to visit: July end to October
Famous for:
• Witness the most uncommon and rare species of turtles namely Loggerheads and the Leathery turtle
• Hire a motor boat and explore the beautiful Koggala Lake. Some of the striking features consist of the cinnamon plantation and the Buddhist temple
• Stop over at the Ananda Spice garden, taste herbal wines and buy herbal products which helps cure sunburns
• Learn about the culture of Sri Lanka by visiting the Martin Wickramsinghe Folk Museum
• Kottawa reserve indeed promises to be a beautiful excursion which displays a variety of flora and fauna
• Enjoy some surfing in the beach situated between Koggala and Weligama Bay Beach

Stilt Fishermen

Negombo – For Peace and Relaxation

Negombo is one of the most best beaches in Sri Lanka, frequented by international visitors as it is very close to the airport. The city of Negombo still shows Dutch characteristics in its architectures and is a must visit on your trip to Sri Lanka.
Best time to visit: March to September
Famous for:
• Take a bike trail and explore the beautiful village and a boat ride to explore the coral reefs
• The blue lagoon is the most appropriate place for bird watching. The calm waters of the lagoon promise excellent diving and snorkeling experiences.
• Visit the gem mines and indulge in some gem shopping
• Take an elephant ride and tour the dense forest, discover the adventurous side of you while trekking through the forests.
• Sights some whales and dolphins in their natural habitat and enjoy the breathtaking views of roaring waterfall especially during monsoon

Negombo beach

Trincomalee – For Stunning Temples

The bay of Trincomalee’s harbor is very famous for its trade and cargo. It’s a big beach which is indeed famous for ancient temples, trade and water sports. It is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka.
Best time to visit: August to October
Famous for:
• Hot Springs of Kanniya is a definite visit, its located just over 5 miles off  the Anuradhapura Road
• The great Hindu Shrine sacred to Koneswaran are visited by many which is one of the 5 Isvaram Hindu Shrines
• Visit the beautiful tank called Periyakulam is a Buddhist Temple and spot the frontal bone relic of Buddha, built in the 3rd century is worth a visit.
• The finest Circular Shrines which is as old as the 7th century is located at Tirivava
• The marble bay promises variety of watersports such as diving and surfing

Nilavali beach