Sri Lanka Beaches

Sri Lankan beaches, surrounded by teal blue waters and white sandy shores fringed by tall swaying palm trees filled with golden rays of the mighty sun is what makes Sri Lanka one of the best beach destinations for every intrepid traveller seeking hours of sun, water, surf and sand! With EPIC Sri Lanka Holidays you can experience best Sri Lanka beach holidays.

Some best beaches in Sri Lanka for beach lovers yearning to soak up some rays of sun are – Passikudah Bay, a quiet beach on the east coast for complete relaxation and recuperation; Hikkaduwa beach in the south, where thrilling experiences exist such as surfing and scuba diving amongst beautiful stunning coral reefs and marine life; lively Unawatuna beach with amazing clear shallow waters for any keen swimmer and has party vibes entertaining the beach party enthusiast; Mirissa beach, an upcoming beach and surfing destination and Arugam Bay, globally renowned for surfing.

There are four main coastal belts of Sri Lanka that are dotted with many beaches and resorts which are East Coast, North West Beach, South West Beach and the South Beach which give gorgeous views of sandy shores and blue seas with sumptuous seafood at hand, which makes for perfect Sri Lanka beach holidays.

The South West Beach broadly refers to the long stretch of beaches starting from Panadura, Wadduwa, Waskaduwa, Kalutara, Beruwela, Bentota, Ahungalle and Hikkaduwa. Popular reverence is the ‘Golden Mile’ beach that begins in Beruwela which is a long stretch of 130 km amazing shoreline consisting of golden sands and calm waters making it ideal for every beach swimming lover. This region is popular for motorised water sports in Bentota and Beruwela and sailing activities whereas Hikkaduwa is famous for its surfing, diving and snorkelling among its beautiful coral reefs.

The South Beach covers extensively on beaches around Galle from Thalpe, Unawatuna, Koggala, Weligama, Dickwella, Mirissa and Tangalle which have been the most upcoming Sri Lanka beach destinations. Unawatuna and Mirissa beaches have evolved tremendously over the last few years. Unawatuna beaches are popular for diving and snorkelling. Glass bottomed boat rides are available to observe the beautiful corals and underwater species for those who aren’t experienced in diving or snorkelling. Mirissa is famed for surfing and its headland separates the small fishing harbour from its beautiful curve of sandy beaches with calm and clear waters which provide for exciting swimming.

The East Coast is home to an uninterrupted stretch of beautiful beach that runs towards north of Trincomalee for nearly 30 kilometres known as Nilaveli Beach then towards the south to Passikudah, Kalkudah, Batticaloa ending up where surfing comes alive – Arugam Bay. Passikudah bay and beach has upmarket resorts giving luxurious experiences with sailing excursions on catamarans and has shallow clear waters for safe swimming. Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s stepping stone on the Indian Ocean and is the most escapist and renowned surfing locations in the world.

The North West Beach consists of long wide beaches with soft golden sand that stretches from Kalpitiya through Chilaw to Negombo. Kalpitiya Beach is well known for kite surfing and wind surfing activities. Negombo beach is ideal for proa sailing and sea bathing.

Colombo, although a metropolis, is bordered with a long line of beach starting from Fort to Mount Lavinia. Galle Face Green in Colombo Fort is popular for a quick dip into the sea if you are on holiday in Colombo; it is one of the most beautiful places in Colombo and is within proximity to hotels in Colombo Sri Lanka. Kinross Beach in Wellawatte, Colombo is another spot for quick swimming especially during short breaks or day tours in Colombo. Mount Lavinia beach is a popular and main beach destination for sea bathing; therefore it has been one of the perfect escapes from the hustle-bustle of Colombo city. Most people living in the city drive out to this beach for some fresh air by the sea and have a quick dip or watch amazing sunsets. It has many dive spots and shipwreck sites for diving and snorkelling. This beach is one of many things to do in Colombo since it is dotted with many hotels and resorts, thereby giving a complete beach holiday with many sumptuous seafood restaurants along its shoreline.

Unexplored Sri Lanka beach destinations which are also off the beaten track can be found in the North such as Jaffna with its stunning Casuarina Beach and Point Pedro beach. Mannar is another undiscovered region with its Adam’s Bridge, renowned for kite surfing and Keeri Beach for its clean and unspoilt shores.

A romantic getaway, family fun in the sun or a lone traveler seeking peace and solidarity, Sri Lanka has many a beach for each and everyone at all corners of the island. With the help from our tour consultants at EPIC Sri Lanka Holidays, get to choose the most ideal Sri Lanka beach holiday to suit your needs.