Fiery sunsets made up of a myriad hues, a golden sunrise against the light blue skies. Copper beaches that stretches over miles and miles, the waves at your feet and the wind in your hair. Picture yourself against the backdrop of the beautiful ocean as you stroll along the golden sands listening to the alluring music of the sea.
Dreaming of a holiday by the beach? A romantic getaway perhaps? Or some bonding time with family. The ocean has so much to offer, with its delightful catch, to adventure and sports, or some peace and quiet to rejuvenate the senses. If you are looking for the perfect escape, the paradise island of Sri Lanka is a place to explore!
Here’s why. Fondly known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is surrounded by beautiful aqua waters and has many coastal belts that are breathtaking. You can find a beach almost anywhere in Sri Lanka, even if you are in the urban, busy, absolutely hectic city of Colombo!
If you are one for exploring some exciting beaches in Sri Lanka, let’s start at the heart of Colombo. Now we can tell you some of Sri Lanka’s coastal areas are beautiful and almost isolated, while some are heavily patronized by many locals and tourists. So feel free to choose the best option for you depending on what you want from your holiday.
The city of Colombo is perhaps the busiest in Sri Lanka, and is the hub of activity, but not without its beautiful ocean front locations to visit. The Galle Face green. Once upon a time this was vast green empty land, but now coloured with vendors of different types, food, toys, treats, kites and even ice cream. But this is what makes the Galle Face Green a mini theme park for families to enjoy with kids. Very little sunbathing or sea bathing can be done here. But you are sure to enjoy the ambience and experience a mix of nature and more from the shores to the vast ocean.
Apart from this, you would find a beach lined marine drive, and a less crowded Mount Lavinia beach, in close proximity to many hotels, restaurants and resorts. Be sure to carry your cap and shades because the afternoons can be pretty sunny!
Now if you are a little more adventurous or just want to enjoy some quiet time in the sun and sea, head downsouth. Unawatuna, Mirissa, Galle and Koggala are some paradise beaches with white sand and fresh air. The town of Galle is busy as is its beach front, but you can always relax with a chilled drink and some fries as you enjoy an evening under the golden skies. The Koggala beach however is a quiet and peaceful place with lesser visitors, making this a delightful little hideaway for some quiet down time. If you wish you can treat yourself to a little boat trip and enjoy the beauty of this little place.
To capture some amazing moments, postcard sunsets and shareworthy photographs make your way to the Hikkaduwa beach, located on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Not too far from Colombo, this is a popular destination for tourists, lined with restaurants and little bars. Perfect for a beach party and some fun time with friends. Hikkaduwa is also filled with beautiful resorts, hotels and villas with easy access to the beach, for those who’d love an early morning jog or an evening stroll. Get creative with how you want to make this more interesting.
In the east coast is the Trincomalee beach, one of the most beautiful and greatest beaches in Sri Lanka. If you are heading for the East, make sure you at least stop by and witness its alluring beauty. Arugam Bay is also located on the east coast and is a popular destination for surfers from around the world. You will find some colourful activity gracing this beach area during the surfing period.
So next time you plan your trip by the beach, keep this little paradise island on your list of ‘must visit’ and we promise, you will be captivated by its sensuous beauty. If you like some recommendations be sure to ask your agent for the best locations to visit, and you can find the perfect spot for any activity of interest.
Bentota is famous for beaches and mangroves, Mirissa for magnificent Whale watching, Galle for stunning colonial architecture, Mount Lavinia for diving and snorkeling and many beaches for water sports and romantic getaways. For an exhilarating experience pick your favorite and make it special!
Speak to an experienced travel agent or guide who can help you plan a perfect trip that will give you the real Sri Lankan experience. There is so much to see and so much to do, brace yourself for some adventure and excitement! The Sri Lankan smile will forever stay in your heart.