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Updated by Lavinia Woolf on Apr 07, 2016
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Best Beaches to Visit in Sri Lanka – Exploring the Pristine Coast of Sri Lanka

Being an island destination, Sri Lanka is blessed with pristine beaches. In fact accessing a beach is so convenient that in almost every spot of shoreline you will find such stretches of sand.


Galle Face

Most of the time a holiday in Sri Lanka would comprise of a few days in the capital and at this time you are bound to come across the Galle Face beach area. Galle Face is located in the North of the city and is surrounded by the biggest hotels in Colombo. It is by far the classiest region in the city and everything from high end malls to salons and restaurants are located in this part of Colombo. However, at the Galle Face area, a mixed crowd can be witnessed giving visitors an opportunity to experience all the faces of this city. While the beach area is small it does offer a relaxing time by the sea with a large public space popular with families. Adorned with an age old lighthouse and a large sprawling lawn, many visit Galle Face to enjoy picnics by the beach. Food choices are found in plenty here and if you are looking to grab some snacks the 'Isso Vade' (prawn based savoury snack) is one treat you must not miss out on.



Located in the South of Sri Lanka, the Unawatuna Beach flaunts a pretty little horseshoe shape and is known above all for its wild and wonderful ambience. A crowd puller year round, Unawatuna hosts exciting parties and boasts plenty of delicious seafood making it one of those must-visit beaches in Sri Lanka. It is a quaint village where Unawatuna is situated but its popularity with the tourists has given rise to a number of classy hotels and ample facilities to cater to foreign tastes.


Arugam Bay

If you are keen on surfing, you would have definitely heard of Arugam Bay. Located in the east of Sri Lanka, the Arugam Bay beach prides itself for having some wild and crazy waves that are plenty fun to ride on. It is highly remote this beach and if you looking for some quiet relaxation, Arugam Bay offers plenty of little sanctuaries.



The epitome of shallow beaches however is Passikudah which is yet again located in the East of the island. The latest attraction of Sri Lanka, Passikudah and its waters are plenty of fun for the whole family. If at all you feel getting to Paasikudah by land seems too much of a hassle, you can always opt to fly there on Cinnamon Air. This well known air taxi Sri Lanka has to offer will take you from the West to the East on an unforgettable ride.


Trincomalee Beach

Trincomalee has one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Sri Lanka and it is known for its characteristic powdery white sands giving it a picture perfect appearance. Significantly shallow and free of large waves, Trincomalee's crystal clear waters are very appealing and is perfectly safe for those interested in dipping in these waters with children. The beach is also in close proximity to Pigeon Island which has a stunning collection of corals making it a popular spot for snorkelling.