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Top 5 beaches you must visit in Sri Lanka – Sun, sand and the thrashing waves

Encapsulated by the vast blue Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is known for some of the most picturesque beaches spread around the island. If you are visiting Sri Lanka and your heart is longing time at the beach here are the top 5 beaches you must visit during your stay on the island.

1

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa

A small drive away from the capital city, the Hikkaduwa beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. The best hotels in Sri Lanka have a private beach front, which is perfect for those who want to lounge under the shade, while their eyes absorb the crystal blue waters spread far and wide. The Hikkaduwa beach is also popular for the beautiful marine life that is hidden under the beautiful water and is perfect for those of you who want to go snorkelling or diving.

2

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Located towards the South-east coast of the island, Arugam Bay is in the Ampara district of the island. This is a city that is perfect for those who want to surf and enjoy the thrashing waves. The sun-kissed beaches are comparatively less visited than most of the other beaches set around the island so it also calls for some secluded beaches as well. If you are setting out from a city hotel such as the Colombo Court Hotel & Spa, Arugam Bay would be perfect as your next destination to enjoy some alone time.

3

Nilavali

Nilavali

Words fail when one tries to explain the sparkling blue hues of the ocean spread far and wide in Nilavali. The sunset witnessed at the beach with the Indian Ocean and the skyline merging into one, with the sun in the form of a burning ball of fire is a scene right out of a canvas of an artist. Trincomalee is a popular tourist destination can be rather crowded during the season but one can also visit the city for cultural and historical sight-seeing. During the season in Trincomalee, divers are able to merge themselves into the hidden treasure of the marine life.

4

Pasikudah

Pasikudah

Pasikudah is a hub of beautiful beaches as it extends to the Kaldkudah beach and the neighbouring Pigeon Island. Heading towards Pasikudah is in for some extra treats as this stunning beach will allow you to explore some culturally significant locations set in the area as well. Pasikudah beach has the perfect waves for kite surfing and windsurfing in the eastern province of Sri Lanka. The beach will not fail to give you a treat for your eyes that will leave a lasting impression in your memories.

5

Negombo

Negombo

One of the more commercial, yet satisfying beaches set in the west of the island is the Negombo beach which is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the serenity next to the coconut trees outlining the beach. It is in close vicinity to some of the luxurious hotels in the country making this the perfect stop to relax and wind down with some luxurious spa treatments. The beach is ideal to read a book in the serenity of the lull of the ocean while you enjoy the view of the blue waves rolling into the golden sandy beaches. Negombo is set close to the Katunayaka airport and makes this the perfect final destination before you bid farewell to the island till next time.

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