8 Unmissable Beaches In Sri Lanka
Whether you’re seeking idyllic sunbathing spots on white sand beaches, colourful reefs for snorkelling, or surf breaks for beginners and pros alike, Sri Lanka’s beaches have something for everyone! Here are eight you definitely shouldn't miss.
If you’re keen to catch your first wave Weligama is the perfect place to try your hand at surfing. The long stretch of beach, which prevents overcrowding on the waves, and beginner friendly breaks make Weligama ideal for first-time surfers.
The best thing about Negombo is its close proximity to the airport. As the beach is only 10km from the airport it’s a convenient place to acclimatise to the hot weather when you first arrive in Sri Lanka or rest up before a long flight home.
A wealth of bars and restaurants lining the beach and fascinating marine life are some of the main attractions of Hikkaduwa. The reef just off the shore is great for snorkelling as there are many exotic fish. If you’re lucky you might even spot a turtle.
If a peaceful beach is what you’re looking for, head to Kalkudah Beach where there is very little development due to the civil war that prevented tourism in the area and destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami. The long stretch of golden sand dotted with palm trees is ideal for relaxing and escaping Sri Lanka’s busier beaches.
Mirissa Beach is pristine and not as touristy as nearby Hikkaduwa. You won’t be bored on this beach where you can snorkel, surf as well as sample local dishes from the nearby restaurants.
Arugam Bay Beach
Arugam Bay is world class surfing destination so whether you’re a total novice, advanced surfer or just enjoy spectating this beach is not to be missed. As well as its famous surf scene Arugam Bay is one of the best places to party in Sri Lanka so make sure you head to the bar after a day on the beach.
Silent Beach, Tangalle
As you might have guessed this beach is perfect for anyone seeking a chilled out, quiet beach with plenty of space to relax on the sand.
Dalawella Beach, Unawatuna
Dalawella Beach’s palm tree swing has made the beach a social media sensation and many travel Instagrammers see a photo on the famous swing an essential part of visiting Unawatuna. The beach itself is a beautiful strip of white sand lined by low hanging palm trees, pretty perfect in our eyes!
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