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6 Options for Choosing the Perfect Beach in Sri Lanka for Your Family – Sun-kissed Shorelines of an Island Paradise

Sri Lanka would be a marvellous destination for a family beach holiday as you would find many outstanding beaches here including those at Wellawatte, Bentota, Unawatuna, Dalawella, Mirissa and more. Read on to find out more about these sublime coastal hotspots.


Wellawatte Beach

A popular beach which you could easily visit when in Colombo would be the one in the suburb of Wellawatte. Although this would be very much a city beach, it would be an attractive place at which to take a relaxed evening stroll. Just prior to the hour of sunset, you will notice that numerous locals would arrive at this beach at the end of their working day to enjoy some leisure time. You could buy some ice cream at the nearby shop before commencing your stroll. 


Bentota Beach

Another marvellous beach for taking a long leisurely walk would be Bentota Beach which happens to be a sizable expanse of inviting sands. Since this beach would basically be a lengthy extent of sand rather than a sheltered bay, it would not be recommendable for swimming. However, your family is sure to appreciate the opportunity to spend time on the alluring sands to be found here. During your visit to Bentota, you may also visit Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga Country Estate and the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Sanctuary. 


Unawatuna Beach

If you seek a beach with an abundance of facilities and attractions, Unawatuna Beach would be an excellent choice. As this is a popular tourist destination, there would be plenty of establishments targeted at travellers; on the narrow road leading to the beach, you would find restaurants, bars, coffee shops, clothing shops, small-scale supermarkets, art galleries and so on. You will see that Unawatuna Beach consists of a broad curved bay extending to the ocean and is an ideal place to unwind. 


Dalawella Beach

You would find that Dalawella Beach would be an outstanding choice for families who desire to venture into the waters. Interestingly, there would be a reef here that runs parallel to the beach and shelters it from large ocean swells. Accordingly, there would be a tranquil lagoon at Dalawella Beach where your family members could take to the waters, although children shouldn’t venture out too far. You are likely to find that even in the peak tourist season, this beach wouldn’t be too crowded either.


Mirissa Beach

Another popular attraction for families would be Mirissa Beach which is perfect for a getaway full of relaxation and adventure. You will notice rocky areas at both ends of this beach which would be suitable for snorkelling and rock-pooling. You could also enjoy whale and dolphin watching which the kids will love and savour delightful seafood including lobster, prawns, calamari and crab on your holiday to Mirissa Sri Lanka. Hotels beside the pristine sands of this shoreline to consider staying at include Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa


Weligama Beach

You may consider visiting Weligama Beach too which would also be made use of by the local fishermen as well as whale tour operators. Weligama Beach would be an outstanding locality for surfers, particularly for novices in this water sport. You may additionally have the opportunity to observe stilt fishermen at this captivating locale, while another interesting attraction here would be Taprobane Island, an islet that is, however, privately owned.