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Top 20 Beaches in Sri Lanka and Around - Beach destinations for a memorable vacation!

A beach holiday is the essence of a tropical getaway. A time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Many tropics are blessed with pristine blue waters thriving with abundant marine life and sandy shores. Sri Lanka is surrounded by exquisite beaches birthed by the Indian Ocean. Let's check out a few top beaches for holidaymakers to tick off on their list.


Kalpitiya – for the love of Dolphins

Dolphins are a common sight at the Kalpitiya beach. All you need is to take a dolphin tour or you can spot them from the beach. Apart from observing these surreal beings in action, you can try out kite surfing which is a popular sport. The best times to visit are between November to March.


Negombo – where holidays begin and end

Given its proximity to the airport, the Negombo beach is a popular destination for visitors. Apart from bird watching, diving, snorkelling or taking boat rides at the blue lagoon you can simply choose to rest and laze around the beach. Best times to visit is between November to March.


Mount Lavinia Beach – Closer to the City

The Mount Lavinia beach is the closest to the capital city Colombo and popular amongst tourists and locals. Simply take a stroll along the beach or enjoy an evening meal or a fully happening party at one of the numerous beachside restaurants and clubs ashore. Best times to visit are from January to March and August to November.


Bentota – untouched beaches

Bentota is home to some of the best beach hotels in Sri Lanka complete with secluded beaches that are scarcely populated and beautified by its mangroves. We suggest that you book yourself into a spa for ayurvedic treatment or a relaxing massage. For the more adventurous crowd, there are options to try out water sports such as skiing and canoeing. Best times to visit are from Augst to mid-October.


Induruwa – scenic beauty of a tropical getaway

The beach is an ideal hangout for those who like to take long walks and settle in for some sunbathing and swimming. Best times to visit are from January to August.


Hikkaduwa – Nature at its best

The Hikkaduwa Beach is an aquatic haven with a coral sanctuary and exotic marine life which is visible from ashore. Travel with any budget and you'll find options for a good time in Hikkaduwa. The beachside town is also known for its numerous cafes and restaurants which serves a delectable palette of food and nightclubs that are fully happening during the high season between March to September. There are ample options for a variety of watersports and qualified training centres.


Galle – experience the colonial splendour

Galle is home to a scenic environment with its architectural grandeur and exciting history sealed with the tropical weather and natural beauty. Best time to visit is from September to March.


Unawatuna – the Tranquility that you deserve

The Unawatuna beach is known for everything from being famous for its calmness, variety of water sports, ayurvedic spas, food and turtles. The best times to visit are late August to early September.


Koggala – The turtle's regime

Home to some of the rarest turtle species, Koggala beach is frequented by both tourists and locals for a number of activities from boat rides in the Koggala lake to some exciting excursions around the area, it's a definite must for a beach vacation between end July to October.


Weligama – The Surfer's paradise

Flaunted to be Sri Lanka's most beautiful beach, the Weligama beach has its charm to entice those selfie moments. The beaches are ideal for snorkelling and surfing. Make a visit between the months October to March. Don't forget to upload those pictures.


Matara – For Ancient Forts

Visit the many ancient forts around the beach and learn about its fascinating histories. Best visited during January to April.


Talalla South – for the love of Swimming

The best times to visit are from November to April.


Polhena – For Endless Water Sports

The Polhena beach is protected by a soft coral reef which prevents strong waves making it an excellent beach for swimming and family holidays. Visit during the months March to October.


Mirissa – watch the giants of the ocean

Mirissa attracts people from all over the world as its one of the hotspots for whale watching and partying. The best times to visit are from August to October.


Tangalle – your home for the weekends

Sunsets and pristine beaches are all yours any time of the year for a well deserved holiday.


Dickwella – awaken the Romantic you

Dickwella is home to some of the plush resorts including the Dickwella Resort & Spa. Book in your resort holiday anywhere between February to April or August to October.


Arugam Bay – for the love of surfing

Arugam Bay is internationally recognised as a surfer's beach. it's most happening between the months March to October.


Pasikudah And Kalkudah – For pristine beaches

White sandy beaches shaded by palm trees to keep you cool. These beaches are hidden gems discovered.


Trincomalee – Natural harbour

Whilst Trincomalee itself is famous for its natural harbour, its beaches are nothing short of expectations from the rest of the country. Indulge yourself in day-long excursions, boat rides and watersports. Visit during the months August to October.


Uppuveli – away from the hustle and bustle of the city

If stunning landscapes, standard accommodation, and local cuisine are what matters in a holiday, then Uppuveli is the go-to a place where you can blend in with the local populace and experience some local life. August to mid-October are the ideal times to visit.