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Top 10 Family-Friendly Beaches in Sri Lanka – Thrilling seaside adventures galore!

Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of coastal gems, boasting an inviting mix of white and golden sandy beach strips. Promising tranquillity, azure waters and tons of fun, Sri Lanka's beaches are not to be missed. There is something for all ages. Discover the top 10 family-friendly beaches on this isle.


Negombo Beach

Located just a few minutes away from Sri Lanka's main international airport, Negombo is a charming fishing town. It is filled with historic canals, quaint churches and a broad stretch of golden sandy beach. Negombo is regarded as having one of the widest beaches in Sri Lanka, and the best way to experience this is to stay at a property the likes of Heritance Negombo, which serves as a stepping stone to this broad expanse of beachfront. Your kids will enjoy building sandcastles, flying kites, or indulging in some other seaside frolic while staying at a Negombo beach hotel.


Kalpitiya Beach

This idyllic beach, boasting turquoise-green waters and powdery-white shores, is renowned for being the spot to go dolphin-watching. Located 3 hours away from Negombo, on Sri Lanka's northwestern coast, Kalpitiya Beach is also an ideal location for kite surfers, snorkelling, and a relaxing day with family.


Bentota Beach

Perhaps the most popular family-friendly beach on Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, Bentota Beach is a hive of activity. The beach is expansive and extends for miles, and offers a range of thrilling sand-filled activities. While it is not an ideal beach for swimming, your kids will enjoy a host of other beachside activities, including a variety of water sports carried out on the nearby lagoon.


Dalawella Beach

Located south of Galle, just after Unawatuna, Dalawella Beach is akin to a pool within the ocean. The reef runs parallel to the length of this beach, acting as a natural border and creating a relatively serene lagoon-like body of water. Kids can swim with turtles, which is the highlight of this beach. Additionally, it is not overly crowded.


Weligama Beach

Sri Lanka's southern coast is essentially a string of must-experience beaches for all kinds of beach enthusiasts. Weligama Beach is yet another popular beachside gem for families. This semi-circle-shaped beach boasts shallow waters, a large sandy beach, tiny waves and surfing conditions ideal for beginners. You and your kids can also explore Taprobane Island, located 50m offshore.


Mirissa Beach

Located a few minutes away from Weligama, Mirissa Beach is perhaps the latest beachside hangout spot on the southern coast for all ages. The beach boasts ideal conditions for new surfers and features pockets of rock pools ideal for snorkelling. It is also suitable for swimming.


Secret Beach

A short walk west of Mirissa Beach will bring you to Secret Beach. The beach is essentially a tiny, hidden beach cove that takes a bit of effort to get to. However, it is worth it as it boasts a tranquil beachside experience, shallow aquamarine waters and fabulous snorkelling opportunities.


Talalla and Hiriketiya

The beaches in Talalla and Hiriketiya, located just 15 minutes apart, are ideal family beaches and should not be missed. Talalla Beach is a quiet 2km stretch of golden sand perfect for beachside family fun. Located south of Mirissa, this bay-shaped beach offers plenty of room for kids to run, jump and splash around in the calming seawater. Hiriketiya is situated within a natural bay fringed by palm trees and features glistening, transparent waters. The beach is famous for surfing and features a string of rock pools ripe for exploration.


Nilaveli Beach

The list of family-friendly beaches in Sri Lanka extends to its entire coastal region, including its eastern coast. Nilaveli Beach in Trincomalee boasts soft, golden sand, and the area's unspoiled landscape makes it a perfect spot for seaside frolic. The beach is also located near Pigeon Island National Park.


Passikudah Beach

A little south of Nilaveli is Passikudah, a beach boasting the island's longest (2km) shallow shoreline. Its white sands, transparent waters and shallow coral reef are enough to entice any child.

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