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Top Beaches in Sri Lanka - Uncovering a Coastal Paradise

Often described as one of the last remaining paradises in Asia, Sri Lanka is an island nation brimming with touristic possibilities. Known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" this breathtaking island nation is a must experience highlight for beach lovers around the world. Although vacationing in all of the country's captivating beaches is a near impossibility in one holiday, here is a list of some of the island's finest beach destinations.

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Beruwala Beach

Beruwala Beach

A mere 60km from the commercial capital Colombo, Beruwala Beach is surrounded by natural beauty and is perfect for rest and relaxation. One can also enjoy a variety of water sports ranging from windsurfing to deep sea fishing.

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Alankuda Beach

Alankuda Beach

Located along the North Western Coast, this idyllic beach in Kalpitiya not only offers water sports such as kite surfing and snorkeling, but is also where one can set out on whale and dolphin watching excursions. When in the area look to stay at Palagama Beach Kalpitiya which is right along this popular shoreline.

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Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa Beach

The famed site of the Hikka Beach Fest, this beach is a globally recognized hub for diving, snorkeling and surfing activities. One can look forward to enjoying a happening nightlife scene here as well, once the sun has set.

4

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach

Another coastal hotspot, Unawatuna has for long been one of the best kept secrets amongst those in search of secluded coastal hideaways. Known for its colorful corals and palm tree fringed azure waters, this clear watered haven is ideal for swimming and long walks on the shore.

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Nilaveli Beach

Nilaveli Beach

Nestled along the East Coast, this locale is also where one will find one of the finest natural ports in the country. This beautiful beach is also a popular set off point for trips to the fascinating Pigeon Island which offers great snorkelling as well.