Famous Beaches Sri Lanka

Famous Beaches Sri Lanka


Bentota is the prime beach resort of the south-western and southern coastal belts of Sri Lanka. South of the city of Colombo, the city of Kalutara with its fine beach is the gateway to south western and southern bay beaches. Kalutara is the next popular beach. The Beruwala Bay Beach that is just before reaching Aluthgama at the Bentota Bridge and Bentota Bay Beach just over the bridge are the most popular twin beaches in the coast. The coast to the further south and onwards to the Deep South too is replete with lovely topical beaches.

However, Bentota Bay Beach, being encompassed in Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex that features a fully-fledged support and serve infrastructure, is the most popular beach resort of Sri Lanka. With an array of luxury hotels, facilities and amenities for the foreign tourists, Bentota provides the perfect location for extended holidays at the beach. Furthermore, for the lovers of water sports, Bentota, in addition to its pristine palm fringed beach, brings in still more pleasures nowhere else to be found, by virtue of River Bentota Ganga and Bentota lagoon.


Hikkaduwa Beach is one of the most popular coastal town, southern province Sri Lanka.best party town in the country.Hikkaduwa beach has exquisite white sand unique to this place. White sans glistening under the warm sun shine sure has made the place have a captivating effect on tourists and visitors. Untouched in nature Hikkaduwa beach is the best place for the tourists who love sun and sand also searches for peace of mind and relaxation.

The beautiful corals that have attracted many visitors and tourists to take a glimpse at the marvels that can be seen in full abundance. Wonderful corals and tropical fishes are the top priorities in this highly popular beach location and being the only marine life sanctuary in Sri Lanka as it is also a fine and rich place to explore the bio diversity and marine life of this gorgeous paradise.


The seaside town of Galle or “Gaul”, can be visited by tourists by travelling 116 km from Colombo along side the south western coast of Sri Lanka. Travellers will love the picturesque routes moving alongside the south western coastline closely for much of the way. The port city of Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in Southeast Asia. Galle is a perfect blend of natural beauty and history with its colonial villas and houses surrounded by panoramic view of ocean.

One of the most admirable features of the town is the great architecture of historical monuments. There are no words to describe the charming natural beauty of Galle surrounded by ocean from three sides. The major tourist attractions of Galle are the city Fort, Dutch reformed church, Dutch museum, lighthouse, the majestic and old Clock Tower. Galle fort is a structure that should not be missed, known among travellers for its unique European architectural style and its grand size. The city fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. Tourists can also enjoy shopping in the traditional markets of Galle, which are among the oldest markets of Sri Lanka. The tourism infrastructure of the city is well developed with the city having some of the top end hotels, along with small guest houses and cafes opened by European expats, who have settled in the Fort area.


Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. The beach is home to some of the finest beach hotels in Sri Lanka and they are easily some of the most popular hotels in Kalpitiya. The hotels on Alankuda Beach are well placed for guests to enjoy some of the fantastic activities and excursions Sri Lanka has to offer. This includes but is not limited to kite surfing, whale watching, dolphin watching, water sports, and safari trips and more.


Mirissa is popular among tourists for its beautiful sandy beach with relaxed and picturesque environment. Mirissa is a secluded bay lying abut 5 kms from Weilgama. Travellers love this small fishing village with its wide stretch of golden beach lined with palm trees. Like other beaches on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is good for body boarding and surfing. There are also options of snorkelling here, however, the infrastructure is not as developed as other southern beaches.

Located at the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka, this panoramic bay is a perfect retreat for tourists where they can feel relaxed and rested forgetting all their worries. Mirissa beach is safe for swimming with calm and clear waters. There are restaurants and bars located on the back side of the beach, where travellers relax drinking chilled beer. Apart from relaxing at the beach, visitors can also visit the Fishermen village and the Buddhist temple. There are other major beaches like Galle, Weligama etc. nearby Mirissa, where tourists can go on a day trip.

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is very popular among tourists as it is a pristine beach that is one of the nicest beach on the South East coastline. Arugam Bay is frequented by tourists especially surfers as the beach has attractive waves and a secluded beach. The wide curved sandy beaches of Arugam Bay is less crowded with hotels and restaurants as compared to the South coast beaches. The best season for surfing and swimming for travellers is from May to October as the waves are more calm at this time. Tourists can also enjoy snorkelling near Arugam Bay and view the beautiful coral reefs and colorful torpical fishes.

Other traveller attractions around Arugam Bay are two National Parks – Lahugala and Yala East. There is also a 2000 yr old Buddhist temple – Magul Maha Viharaya near Pottuvil Point, Arugam Bay. Tourists can also take a tour using canoe of beautiful mangrove ecosystem that is 2 km from Arugam Bay.

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