Beaches in Sri Lanka

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Beaches in Sri Lanka

A small island like Sri Lanka sure has plenty of beaches to offer. The beaches in Sri Lanka cater to all kinds of needs - upbeat nightlife favourite beaches, couple retreat beaches, offbeat explorati (Read More)ve beaches, adventure peaches, Instagram perfect beaches and still, some more. Ask and Sri Lanka will probably have that kind of a beach tucked away in one of its coastal towns.

Here is the list of 17 Beaches in Sri Lanka

1. Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna

Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna

Unawatuna Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka, which draws both tourists as well as the locals to its everlasting beauty. This banana shaped beach, with its golden sand, sparkling water, and lush palm trees is the perfect place to relax and spend some quality time with your family. There are sunbeds available for you to sit back relax and enjoy your day with a drink.

2. Mirissa Beach, Mirissa

Mirissa Beach, Mirissa

With a coastline as long as 1,585 KM, this island country does not fall short of beaches. Mirissa Beach in Sri Lanka is a must-visit with its serene blue waters, relaxful beach ambiance, exciting nightlife and adventurous water activities. Mirissa is a small town in the south coast of the country and is 150 KM away from the capital, Colombo.

3. Ventura Beach, Bentota

Ventura Beach, Bentota

Ventura Beach is one of the most popular and breathtaking beaches in Sri Lanka, often known to be one of the many beautiful golden beaches in the country. It is a gorgeous luxury resort and hotel that make it a top tourist magnet in the country. It is also one of the best locations to engage in water sports and sightseeing activities.

4. Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay
4.1 /5

Known For : Crocodile Rock, Arugam Bay Arugam Bay Beach Elephant Rock, Arugam Bay

The Sri Lankan coastal town of Arugam Bay lies on the Indian Ocean, 320 kilometres from the capital city Colombo. With several surfing spots scattered across the area, for both beginners as well as skilled surfers, Arugam Bay is often called a surfer’s paradise. The famous surfing points here are Main Point and Whiskey Point, with surfboard rentals in their proximity.  If you’re a non-surfer, you can choose to chill on the beautiful beaches. At night, these beaches in Sri Lanka host many beach parties, offering a chance to soak in the lively atmosphere.

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5. Uppuweli Beach, Uppuweli

Uppuweli Beach, Uppuweli

Surrounded by villages, guesthouses and palm trees, Uppuveli Beach is THE place to mellow and chill out to some tunes sunbathing, taking in the scenery it offers. Food lovers can have an abundance of seafood right from the beach from the locals. This beach in Sri Lanka also provides ample opportunities to snorkel, jet ski and try out several other water sports while letting people swim and have fun in the water.

6. Nilaveli Beach , Nilaveli

Nilaveli Beach , Nilaveli

The Nilaveli Beach is approximately 1 kilometre long and is surrounded by lush, green vegetation on both sides. Onlooking the beach from a little far away is Pigeon Island, which is a famous spot for snorkeling and diving. The reef there provides a perfect place to explore the ocean.

7. Negombo Beach, Negombo

Negombo Beach, Negombo

Negombo Beach is an attraction that lures in tourists from all over the world. It is a cluster of smaller beaches, each stunning and mesmerizing. It is a popular coastal destination in the western part of the country. This beach in Sri Lanka has a very long stretch that make it suitable for long walks while enjoying the gorgeous palm trees.

8. Kalkudah Beach

Kalkudah Beach

Mostly a deserted island of its own, the name translates as rock bay in Tamil. The town features one of the most scenic beaches in Sri Lanka with its endless golden sands and pristine turquoise waters. The northern edge of the cape boasts a curve-shaped Passekudah Beach with splendid white sands lined with luxury accommodations. If visitors are looking for a more secluded beach encompassed by natural beauty, Kalkudah Beach should make it to the checklist.

9. Dickwella Beach, Matara

Dickwella Beach, Matara

The Dickwella beach is a tranquil, peaceful and large gold beach in the Dickwella town of Sri Lanka. The main Dickwella beach has a length of two kilometres. Rocks and reefs protect it from the winds and high waves, so this is one of the ideal "bathing" beaches in Sri Lanka. Dickwella beach offers clear blue ocean water, numerous coconut trees where one can set up a hammock, watch the sunset and the fishermen catching fish. It is also a famous beach in Sri Lanka for surfing & swimming. 

Timings : 24 hours

Time Required : April to June

10. Weligama Bay, Weligama

Weligama Bay, Weligama

Weligama Bay is located by the Weligama beach. Weligama means “sandy village” in the local language, and you can guess why. It is a beautiful sand beach in Sri Lanka that is the perfect spot for surfing. It is a calm place, where you can lie on the sane and enjoy the mild breeze. The shallow waters are perfect to go for a swim, even take kids with you.

11. Galle Face Green, Colombo

Galle Face Green, Colombo
4.4 /5

Galle Face Green is a beautiful beach in Sri Lanka with a park stretching half a kilometre along the coast of Colombo's business district. This picturesque 5 hectare park was laid out by Sir Henry George Ward in 1859. It actually used to be quite bigger back then and was actually used for many different sports, like golf, cricket, horse riding and rugby.

12. Hikkaduwa Beach, Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa Beach, Hikkaduwa

The island of Sri Lanka brings to you beaches that are popular for their beauty and surfing spots. One such cosy beach town in Sri Lanka is Hikkaduwa. Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is endowed with palm trees by the shorelines, clean blue waters all this alongside the backdrop of the warm sun.

13. Induruwa Beach, Galle

Induruwa Beach, Galle

Doused in aesthetically pleasing golden untouched sands, this hidden gem is placed away from the hustle-bustle of the noisy cities and crowds, a perfect destination to relax and unwind in peace. The Induruwa Beach is tucked along a small ravine on the west coast of Sri Lanka, offering star class and beach villa-style accommodations. In addition, tourists can visit nearby attractions, including Luba Tours, Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center.

14. Kalpitiya Beach, Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya Beach, Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya is located in the north of Sri Lanka and is a collection of 14 islands. The group of islands is primarily known for its waterfronts and attracts a lot of crowd throughout the year. Two things that people visit Kalpitiya, especially for are watersports and dolphins. The island is surrounded by a long stretch of sand that attracts a lot of tourists because of its scenic beauty.

15. Polhena Beach, Matara

Polhena Beach, Matara

Polhena Beach is one of the safest beaches in Sri Lanka with waist-high water and coral reefs. Swimming here is like swimming in a swimming pool but with an extraordinary aquatic life such a numerous giant green turtles, and fish which makes one’s dive even more memorable. The beach is well maintained, and the white sand and the clear blue water make a perfect holiday spot. The water is shallow for a long stretch as the waves break far out, so it is ideal for non-swimmers as well. This beach is a local hangout spot, small and perfect for a traveller who wants to see the local life.

Timings : 24 hours

Entry Fee : Free

16. Tangalle Beach, Tangalle

Tangalle Beach, Tangalle

Tangalle is a town located in Hambantota district in Southern Province, Sri Lanka. The city is known for its vast stretches of beaches and has a typical tropical setting. Tangalla Beach, located in this town, has often been voted as the best beach in Sri Lanka by the locals, the travellers and the tourists.

17. Koggala Beach, Unawatuna

Koggala Beach, Unawatuna

Sri Lanka is home to many different beaches and is a paradise for all the beach lovers. Located in the Galle district is the unexplored and pristine Koggala beach. This beach in Sri Lanka takes the credit for being the longest beach in the country, for visitors to indulge in the perfect holiday of sand, surf and sun.

Sri Lanka is a favourite destination for all beach and adventure lovers. Beaches in Sri Lanka are a delight visit and all of them have in common - good seafood, great sunsets and a serene sea breeze such that missing them would cost dearly to your experience.

This post was published by Muhammed Salih

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