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The 10 Best Beaches in Sri Lanka – Encounter the unique beaches wowed by discerning travellers!

This tiny island situated close to the southern tip of India is also called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Famed for its tea, precious stones, spices and majestic elephants, surrounding all these treasures is the beautiful coastline beckoning visitors to enjoy the sun, sand and waves.


Weligama Beach

This sandy stretch of beach gives the village the name Weligama, meaning Sandy Beach. Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Weligama Beach keeps attracting surfers during the season. This beach is also famed for the stilt fishermen who take the position at the beach on their stilts with crossbars at daybreak and sundown toiling hard to catch small fish. A unique sight for guests at boutique hotel Mirissa in Sri Lanka.


Unawatuna Beach

This popular beach is close to the city of Galle in the south of Sri Lanka. and resembles a well-curved banana with golden sand and deep blue water. The gently swaying coconut palms seem to reach out to the sun whilst proving shade to those wanting to relax as often done by visitors from The Beach House. A great beach for a leisurely day out with many places to eat from.


Pristine Nilaveli Beach

A long stretch of sugar-white beach lined with gently swaying palms, clear water invitingly warm with the tropical climate and blissfully free from crowds. Nilaveli Beach in Trincomalee is a treasured getaway for those seeking relaxation and quality time together.


Exotic marine life at Hikkaduwa Beach

This broad sandy beach stretches on providing many hours of fun and leisure to those seeking to cool off from the tropical heat. Due to the coral formations, Hikkaduwa is popular amongst snorkellers and scuba divers interested in experiencing the vibrant marine life, whilst this beach is also used by beginners in surfing.


Arugam Bay for surf lovers

With amazing blue waters, and a long stretch of soft sand shaped like a crescent dotted with coconut palms, Arugam Bay is an enchanting beach to visit, and an ideal beach for surf lovers offering its famous mellow right-hand reefs and point breaks.


Golden Beach of Mirissa

In the deep south of Sri Lanka, this treasured beach is ideal for relaxation and chilling out on the beach. Remember not to miss the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean from Coconut Tree Hill which is close to the beach and capture a unique photo for lasting memories.


Charming Hiriketiya Beach

Gaining popularity as a scenic beach with light brown sand and translucent water plus a surf lovers' haven, the laidback fishing village of Hiriketiya has come alive as the Hiriketiya Beach is sought after by visitors and surf fanatics patronising it. The chic cafes and upmarket hotels facilitate the niche experience.


Bentota Beach

Situated on the southwest coast of the island Bentota Beach or Ventura Beach simply glows with crystal clear water, fine sandy beach and gleaming blue skies. Visitors choose Bentota Beach for relaxing holidays on the beach, water sports here are aplenty.


Goyambokka Beach

Situated in Matara close to the south coast of Sri Lanka Goyambokka is a scenic beach with golden sand, clear sea-green water and dense coconut groves. The usually gentle waves around this beach make it safe for swimming it is prudent to check with the locals before you venture out. There are many good options for food around the beach.


Narigama Beach

A serenely beautiful beach stretching for about 4 kilometres close to Hikkaduwa in the south of Sri Lanka. Being a surfer friendly beach you will spot the surf lovers getting their adrenalin levels high on this beach. You can also do a spot of turtle watching at this beach.

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