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Beaches in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small Island surrounded by beautiful unique beaches. Interestingly enough the beaches in Sri Lanka are not far from archeology, mountains jungles and cities.

Here is a list of popular beaches that have hotels and places to see.


In fact the very first town you come close from airport is Negambo it is the place of all transit hotels. Negambo is A fishing town located 35 km from Colombo and 6 km from Bandra Naike International Airport.

Mount Lavinia

Just 12 km from central Colombo now has become part of Colombo, is a historical city from British colonial period. The Governors House of Sir Thomas Maitland, built in 1805, now a star class hotel is worth a look. The beautiful beach is crowded on holidays with locals enjoying the water sports swimming and surfing.


The place located 43 km from Colombo is important spice trading centre from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The city also named as one of the sacred city of Buddhist people in the country has large hollow dagoba (Buddhist shrine) near the River Kalu.

BeruwelaThe place located 55 km from Colombo is the starting point of 130 km long southern coast also a main fishing centre.


Dutch fort of GalleThe place located in south of the country, 62 km from Colombo has romantic scenery hotels and popular for wind surfing and water skiing.

Pasikudah & Kalkudah

Kalkuda and Pasikuda are two separate beaches situated nearby in Batticloa district of eastern province nearly 150 km from Colombo. These are famous for its sand and calm water.


Described as most wonderful beach location by the nature, Unawatuna is one of the best Scuba Diving Locations in Sri Lanka. It is famous beach, Scuba Diving, Surfing and Sea Food in Sri Lankan Style. The Jungle Beach, Roomassagla Hills, Kathaluwa Temple, Galle Fort are nearby interesting places.


Mirissa is a beautiful small rocky beach which is calm, relaxing and almost private.Whales and dolphins watching , Deep Sea Fishing, River Trips, Snorkeling and Bird watching are activities you could do while you travel in mirissa srilanka. these days much of tourist specially coming to mirissa as it's very famous for whale watching.Indian ocean off the mirissa harbor you can watch the whales in November to April season.few of tour companies arrange trips for low cost.


Weligama is a unique Bay and Beach with a wide and long sandy beach located in Mathara district of Southern province close to Mathara town. The tiny island once owned by Frenchman Count de Maunay has built a beautiful house on it. The Bay is famous for its remarkable fishermen doing stilt fishing and hand made lase, Devil Dance Shows and its seafood. Weligama is also a wonderful Scuba Diving and Surfing Location.


Polhena beach is about 2 km inside to the Matara city. This is ideal place for scuba diving, Surfing, Sunbathing. This is a very famous destinations because of the natural swimming pool created by the coral reef. There is not only one beach, It is consisting of bunches of beaches along the coastline.


The place located in south of the country, 100 km from Colombo is the first area to be developed for tourism. The famous coral reef and scuba diving gets tourist's more pleasure there.


The place located in south of the country, from 130 km from Colombo, has finest beach and historical Madol Duwa (island surrounded by lake) as mentioned in Sri Lankan literature.

You can spot the very famous Stilt farmers here; farmers who sit on stilts and fish when there is a suitable tide.

Tangalle beach

Tangalle is located in down south district of Hamabanthota few km away from Mathara. It is a beautiful and natural palm fringed sea bay and a Fishing Harbor offering great sea food. The long and great beach and the corel reef are best attractions. The Dutch Fort built with corals now used as a prison.


Trincomalee is a natural deep-water harbor that attracted great sea farers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and Sea Traders China and East Asia from the ancient times. The long and wide beaches offer surfing, scuba diving and fishing and whale watching. This sea town has the largest Dutch fortress of Sri Lanka has the oldest Hindu temple Tirukonesvaram Kovil in Sri Lanka.


The place located in east of the country 120 km from Colombo and 14 km from Trincomalee. The natural habour and beach is one of finest in world. Nelaveli is ideal place for water sports like scuba diving.


Batticaloa is situated in the east coast of Sri Lanka with a great lagoon and beach with a fascinating culture of the east. The Dutch made their first footstep in Sri Lanka here in 1602. The Dutch fort was built in 1665 is visible near the Batticoloa Lagoon.

Kalkuda and Pasikuda

Kalkuda and Pasikuda are two separate beaches situated nearby in Batticlo district of eastern province nearly 110 km from Colombo. These are famous for its sand and calm water.

Arugam Bay

Arugam Point at the Arugam Bay beachThe place located in south east of the country 116 km from Colombo is a fine beach near associated with fishing villages. It has been identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and 4th best in south east Asia. It also comes with the ten best surfing beaches in the world. Wide sandy beaches and lagoons associated with neighbouring Kumana bird sanctuary are added values for visitors going to Arugam bay. Lahugal National Park are Yala East National Park are also located within 1030 km radious from Arugambay centre. Magul Maha Viharaya (Buddhist temple), Kudumbigala Temple (Buddhist temple), Shastrwela Buddhist Temple, Okanda Hindu Temple are some of places with heritage values. In addition to beaches, wildlife, culture heritage and nature places of interest make Arugambay a unique tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. There is no LTTE threat in and around Arugam bay.

Casuarina Beach

Casuarina Beach which is in Karainagar, Jaffna District about 20 kilometers from Jaffna of Northern Province. It used to be a popular tourist destination, but tourist numbers have declined due to Sri Lankan Civil War.but now its perfectly out of danger...And many people can visit there after 3 decades

Kilali Beach

Kilali Beach situated in Kilali, Jaffna District of Northern Province. It is famous for calm and sand, with local Tamil sea food dishes.


Vankalai is a major fishing village in Mannar, of Northern Province with a beautiful beach

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