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Best Locations for Beach Holidays in Sri Lanka

Although the island nation of Sri Lanka has many amazing aspects such as amazing archeological sites, a vibrant and diverse culture, and unique recreational attractions, a major feature of the island which has given Sri Lanka its reputation of being a great tourist destination is its stunning and pristine beaches. Although Sri Lanka has numerous renowned beaches, the following are the best locations for a memorable beach holiday in Sri Lanka.

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is the party capital of the south. This coastal city is known for its magnificent stretch of golden sandy beach, and is dotted with many tourist attractions. The beach is one of Sri Lanka's best beaches and the waters are known to be ideal for water sports such as surfing and sailing. The coast line is home to a number of bars, pubs, hotels, and restaurants, which often host major parties, attracting tourists as well as locals from all corners of the island. With its chilled out beach-life culture, unique attractions, and great choices of accommodation, there is no doubt that Hikkaduwa is among the best destinations for beach holidays.

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Bentota

Bentota

Benthota is a resort town located less than an hour's drive away from Colombo. Known for its pristine golden sandy beach which stretched unhindered for hundreds of meters, Benthota is home to many luxury hotels which boast excellent facilities and leisure service. Due to this, Benthota has a reputation for being a hit spot for water sports and leisure activities, and one can engage in boating, surfing, sailing, water-skiing and even banana-boat rides. Thus, Benthota is a great place for any person who either wants to chill on the beach and work on a tan, or engage in all manner of water activities!

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Mirissa

Mirissa

Located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is one of the region's largest fishing ports. This quaint town is also home to a splendid stretch of beach which will bring a sense of satisfaction and tranquility to any beach-lover's face. The beach is spacious and the waters are great for swimming and other aqua activities as well. However, the feature that puts Mirissa on the map is that it is one of Asia's top whale and dolphin watching locations. The whale and dolphin watching experience of Mirissa is truly remarkable as during the proper season you will be afforded the opportunity to witness the amazing behavior of Blue Whales, Spinner Dolphins, Bottle-nose Dolphin and Sperm Whales, as they breach the waters playfully.

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Trincomalee/Nilaweli

Trincomalee/Nilaweli

Trincomalee is located along the eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka, and is home to some of the most amazing beaches in Sri Lanka. Beaches such as Marble Beach are known for their pristine and soft white sand and lovely water conditions, making it an ideal location for spending hours on the beach. Just a few kilometers away from Trincomalee is Nilaweli beach, which is undoubted the hottest beach in the area. Nilaweli beach is known for its amazing beauty and for being great for water sports. The famous Pigeon Island snorkeling and diving site is just 2km off the Nilaweli beach. There are also many luxury Trincomalee hotels, such as Chaaya Blue Trincomalee, which are great options for accommodation.

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay, a resort town that is also located along the eastern seaboard, is another great beach holiday destination. Far from any sort of urbanization, this serene and tranquil beach is ideal for those who just want peace and quiet while relaxing in the sun. The untarnished beach and the tropical climate encourage staying outdoors and engaging in beach and water activities. Arugam Bay is also considered to be Sri Lanka's best surfing beach, so if you are a surfer, this is the place to be.