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Popular Beach Locations

Sri Lanka is surrounded by beaches, both long stretches of golden sand along the west and east coasts and small coves and bays many surrounded by jungle wilderness on the south coast. In the north, too, there is a popular beach.

The older beach areas, such as Negombo near the airport, and Beruwala, Bentota and Hikkaduwa on the west coast south of Colombo, are well developed holiday areas with hotels and guest houses to suit all budgets and plenty of after-beach action in bars and restaurants. In the south development begun with guest house accommodation has gradually moved up market with exclusive boutique style properties.

On the east coast at Trincomalee with its massive natural harbour, beach life is centred around hotels and low budget guest houses while further south, at Passikudah, new hotels have opened on the beach. Further south, Arugam Bay is for surfers and the young at heart.

Passikudah in sri lanka
Passikudah
Around thirty-five kilometres northwest of Batticaloa town on the east coast of Sri Lanka lies Passikudah, a coastal town with a spectacular blue bay
Trincomalee in sri lanka
Trincomalee
Trincomalee, located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, is renowned as one of the most picturesque natural harbours of the world
Pigeon Island in sri lanka
Pigeon Island
This very isolated Island is believed to have got its name from the endemic blue rock pigeons that inhabit the island
Batticaloa in sri lanka
Batticaloa
The city of Batticaloa lies in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, with picturesque beaches and lagoons, and a history that dates back to ancient times ...
Mount Lavinia in sri lanka
Mount Lavinia
Mount Lavinia has, for years, been one of the best places for city-dwellers to escape to, for some fresh air, a dip in the ocean or a gorgeous view
Vividly coloured fishing boats on the Beruwala beach
Beruwala
Beruwela is a charming coastal town in the south of Sri Lanka. A top destination for water sports. Beruwela also has a rich cultural heritage
Enjoying the thrills of Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya
Kalpitiya
Kalpitiya is often cited as the future of tourism in Sri Lanka since it has a number of islands in its lagoon that seem ripe for development.
Fishing boats over picturesque waters near Hikkaduwa shores
Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa is a busy, thriving community of local and visiting beach lovers, within easy reach by train or bus of Colombo (97km to the north) and Galle ...
The sun, sand and turquoise sea of Unawatuna
Unawatuna
Unawatuna is perhaps the liveliest beach resort in Sri Lanka; it is isolated from the main road and enjoys a sense of freedom
The thrilling water skiing expedition -Bentota
Bentota
Bentota, 62km south of Colombo, is a planned tourist development. It has a long broad sandy beach, at its best during the October to April
Nallur Temple Jaffna - One of Sri Lanka's cultural monuments
Jaffna
Jaffna beach is a long stretch of sand washed by shallow sea, popular for day trips for a lazy swim.
Surfer on the glistening waves of Arugambay beach
Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay is for the independent tourist happy to make new friends as well as to laze in the sun or in the beachside cafés if not actually surfing
A sail boat rests on the tropical shores of Arugambay
Pottuvil
Surrounded by fields of brilliantly verdant paddy, edged with talipot trees Pottuvil has the atmosphere of a frontier town
Negombo in sri lanka
Negombo
Negombo, more affectionately known as the “Little Rome” of Sri Lanka is a romantic little coastal town in close proximity to the Bandaranaike Inte ...