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Updated by Mike Smith on Oct 13, 2016
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Top 05 Beaches in Sri Lanka – Oases of Golden Sand Surrounding Paradise

Sri Lanka being an island on the Indian Ocean is home to some of the most gorgeous stretches of sandy beach. Enjoy sun sand and surf as each location offers an allure and rustic charm of its own.


Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is a sleepy fisher village located about 5kms from the heritage city of Galle. The place has grown in leaps and bounds on the popularity scale due to the discovery of the gorgeous Unawatuna Bay and sandy beach that slopes into the water. Surrounding this ultra-hip beach is legendary Rumassala Hill and Jungle Beach. Each attraction has an allure of its own that only adds to the attractiveness of Unawatuna Beach.


Bentota and Induruwa Beaches

This stretch of beach is one of the best in the country; running all the way from Bentota town to Induruwa this coast is part of the very popular southern belt. Bentota is well known for its sun, sand and sea activities and is probably one of the most visited resorts in the south. This beach is well serviced offering top resort hotels, a myriad of water sports and sunny restaurants. Not forgetting the alluring soft sand of the beach.


Arugam Bay

A remote beach located in a picturesque village in East Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is slowly gaining popularity. The beach is still quite pristine and unaffected by hordes of tourist hotels. Arugam Bay is also one of the islands top surfing destinations calling all pros to try out its magnificent breaks. Weekends especially will see the place is quite crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the huge expanse of Arugam Bay Beach.



Mirissa Beach is best known as a destination for setting off on thrilling whale watching tours. One of the most popular itineraries on most Sri Lanka tour packages whale watching is highly acclaimed due to the abundance of the species spotted off the coasts of Sri Lanka. If you are hankering for a comprehensive tour of all this paradise island has to offer, Jetwing Eco Holidays may have a package to suit your needs. Mirissa Beach too is well serviced by a bevy of roadside food kiosks that are favoured for their excellent selection of exotic local food. Expect huge expanses of beach lined with palm trees while the Weligama Bay close to Mirissa is where a shallow sand reef allows one to walk right into the folds of the ocean.


Stunning Uppuveli Beach

Uppuveli Beach located in north-eastern Sri Lanka is still quite undisturbed as its former days of being in the midst of the Civil War. With the war long ended the beach is fast gaining on popularity due to its stunning environs and sun bleached soft sand beach. If you want a taste of this beach in its current unspoilt nature the present time may be best to book a tour of the coast with your Sri Lanka holidays tour operator.