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Top 5 Beautiful Beaches in Sri Lanka – Wow the quintessential Sri Lankan beach experience!

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, this island is blessed with amazing beaches offering that wow experience throughout the year. Please read on to discover some of the top-rated beaches around the island to awaken the beach lover in you and make you feel exhilarated to plan the next trip to Sri Lanka.


The euphoric Hikkaduwa Beach

Clear blue tropical waters, long sandy beaches, and emerald green coconut palms entice visitors to this activity hub of Hikkaduwa beach. Be it a family getaway, a romantic rendezvous or simply for relaxation there is much to do at the beach and around, such as swimming, walks, surfing, underwater world complemented by foodie delights, shopping and vibrant nightlife making it one of the best locations for Sri Lanka beach holidays.


The historical Galle Beach

One of the most visited beaches in Sri Lanka, the Galle beach is associated with Sri Lanka's colonial past. Marvel at the shimmering blue waters, enjoy the phenomenal waves and the breathtaking scenery and even whale watching as you make the most of the sun sand and water. Treat yourself to a day's excursion of the Galle Fort to witness features of colonial architecture and history, savour the Sri Lankan tea and delicious cuisine, do a bit of shopping or indulge in a heavenly spa experience. Complete the day by walking the ramparts to savour a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean and the glory of the sunset as enjoyed by guests travelling with Walkers Tours.


Picturesque Negombo Beach

Being in Negombo visitors enjoy dual experiences of the beach and the amazing Negombo lagoon. With proximity to the main International Airport in Sri Lanka, Negombo Beach becomes a favourite choice for visitors on short trips to Sri Lanka. Having been a hub during the Dutch Colonization the Negombo beach area has beautiful churches and buildings depicting Dutch architecture which can be witnessed by visitors apart by snorkelling, whale and dolphin watching and relaxing at this famous beach. Remember to enjoy the seafood delights at many restaurants lining the streets of Negombo.


Arugam Bay for surf lovers

Famed as one of the finest surfing spots on the island offering a great point break, this unique crescent-shaped bay is equipped to serve surf lovers as well as those seeking to experience the lovely blue waters in a small town giving more seclusion and privacy. Underwater exploration and fishing are other possibilities at Arugam Bay. Mingling with the local fisherfolk as they bring up their catch is an opportunity not to be missed to experience local vibes and even taste delicious seafood preparations.


The charming and unspoilt Nilaveli Beach

A 30-minute drive from the city of Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka, you come across this wide sugar sandy beach lined by sweeping green palms and crystal clear waters. This fine Beach entices visitors to experience its beauty, the magnificent waters and added benefits of sightseeing covering hot water wells and the exploration of the charming pigeon island.

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