Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise island and when you live on this island, a trip to the beach isn’t a luxury but it’s a part of life. This tiny island has some best beaches to whet your appetite.
Lush Arugam Bay
Undoubtedly the paradise and the best spot for surfing in Sri Lanka. Arugam bay is a moon shaped sandy beach and is fondly referred to as A Bay by the surfing community. Located on the east coast of the country and lies around four kilometers south of the market town “Pothuvil”. The ideal time to visit Arugam Bay is May to September as the monsoon kicks from October onwards, if you’re not into surfing, take a boat ride to the lagoon, long walk along the coastal beach or can do yoga lessons on the beach or simply lie back on the soft sand and enjoy the sun and waves of the Indian Ocean.
Nilaveli beahc is an unspoilt pristine, stretch of beach located 15 kilometers north of Trincomalee town in the eastern province. This beach is well known for being one of the cleanest beaches in the island with its pure white sand and a serene beachfront that stretches for miles. Lying on it, watching the sun glint off the aquamarine and turquoise waters, is a beach lover’s must do. Nilaveli is popular and ideal for leisure activities such as sunbathing, swimming, surfing, diving and scuba diving. The best time to visit beach is March to October because the weather is ideal for recreational activities. The Pigeon Island is the top highlight of Nilaveli Beach where shallows reefs, corals and dozens of species of vibrant reef fish and eels that are ready made for snorkeling abound. The Island is one of two marine national parks in Sri Lanka.
Fun Filled Negombo
Negombo is located 40 kilometers from the commercial capital of Sri Lanka –Colombo and it’s an one hour drive. Negombo is an ideal travel destination for those on a short stopover since its located not far from the Bandaranaike International Airport. The drive is approximately 30 minutes. Negombo boasts some of the finest beaches in the country and is blessed with bright sunshine and clear blue skies. Negombo is fringed by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean and is ideal to relax or indulge in a tropical environment. You can do beach volleyballs and water polo thrive on Negombo beach and in dozens of swimming pools around the city. There are dozens of luxury hotels, middle class hotels, guest houses, motels and backpacker accommodations around the city and along the beach streets of Negombo.
Beautiful stretch sandy beaches from the west coast and ideal for family vacations, honeymooners, beach weddings and relaxing beach lovers. The resort town of Bentota is located 60 kilometers from Colombo. An oasis for the self- proclaimed resort lover, here is a coastal haven dotted with boutique hotels, luxury hotel chains and few international hotels.
In addition to the long stretches of busy beaches, adventure tours, bar life, nightlife and fresh seafood are also on offer. Bentota is a water sports paradise, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, Jet skiing, and banana boat rides are best enjoyed in Bentota. The best time to visit Bentota is November to April. Bentota is a popular beach destination among European travelers who seek a perfect relaxing beach stays. Best Travel Agents in Sri Lanka
Touted as being the best beach on the country by many, Unawatuna beach is popular for its silken shores and laid back vibes. In 2014, Unawatuna was listed among CNN Travel’s world’s 100 best beaches with special mention being made of the swaying palm trees and thatched huts that grace is shores. This little heaven is located a mere six kilometers southeast of “Galle Dutch Fort”, this escape is rich in biodiversity. The water and waterfront are known to be home to many species of rare birds, ducks, coral reefs, shipwrecks a variety of fish and even turtles that wade on to the shore.
This tiny pristine beach is located four kilometers south-east of Weligama (Weligama is a popular fishing coastal fishing village), not far from the southern tip of the Island. Mirissa is well known for amazing sunsets and swaying coconut trees. Riding the waves and indulging yourself in that feeling of welcome seclusion is par for the course in this part of the world. Mirissa is a world’s one of top hotspots to spot giant sea creatures “Blue Whales & Sperm whales” and dolphins.