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Best shallow beaches in Sri Lanka – Beach lovers take notes!

The tiny island of Sri Lanka is surrounded by the picture perfect turquoise blue ocean. Here are some of the best shallow beaches in the island ideal for water sports.


Mirissa beach

This is one of the most popular beach destinations. Besides water sports, Mirissa beach is also popular for whale and dolphin watching. The surrounding areas are also filled with tourist hotels for you to seek accommodation.


Arugam Bay

This is considered to be one of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka. The area is also home to lush mangrove swamps infested with reptiles like crocodiles and water monitors as well as many exotic bird species. The area is also home to some exciting seaside entertainment.


Passikuda beach

Passikuda being one of the major tourist destinations of the country is said to have one of the longest shallow coastlines in the world. The water current is relatively weak making it possible to walk about 250 meters in the sea. With crystal clear blue-green waters and seamless sandy beaches, this is a beautiful sight, especially during sunset. This is also one of the best places for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors in the area can seek accommodation in Pasikuda beach hotels among the array of options including Amethyst Resort.


Unawatuna beach

Only a short drive away from the historic city of Galle, Unawatuna beach is a popular spot for water sports. With serene turquoise waters and warm tropical sunlight, this is a wonderful beach getaway. The beach is also home to an array of restaurants serving exotic seafood and delicious local dishes. This is one of the best beach destinations for children and family activities.


Bentota beach

Bentota beach is surrounded by a range of exotic hotels and resorts. This is again one of the most visited beaches on the island. Ideal for water sports, a friendly game of volleyball on the beach or a relaxing evening stroll among the golden sand with a loved one. Jet skiing is a popular sport practiced in these waters. This is an ideal location for a pampered beach retreat.


Uppuveli Beach

This is a stunning beach with glorious coral gardens near the Nilaveli beach. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The Uppuveli beach wasn't reachable to the public for decades due to the civil war in the country. This is the ideal place to spend a relaxing evening watching the golden sunset.


Tangalle beach

The Tangalle beach is the dividing line between the wave washed sandy beaches on the south coast of the island and the spellbinding tropical coves. The Tangalle beach is a must visit when in the country. The beach is also within the close proximity of a few religious monuments in the country such as the Mulkirigala Temple.