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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Mar 18, 2015
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Top 5 Beach Destinations in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the 'pearl of the Indian Ocean', is one of the most exotic and beautiful nations in South Asia. Boasting a rich heritage spanning over 2500 years, this multi cultural island is known for its awe-inspiring religious and cultural landmarks, breath-taking scenic beauty, and unique leisure and recreational attractions.


Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is a small fishing village in the Southeastern region of Sri Lanka. Located roughly 116km away from Colombo, Arugam Bay is home to one of the best beaches in South Asia. This pristine golden sandy beach, flanked with lush coconut palms, stretches unhindered for several hundred meters, making it a great location chilling out under the tropical sun. The tranquility ambiance and cool breeze at the beach further enhances the peace of mind which Arugam Bay offers. The beach is also one of the top surfing destinations in Sri Lanka, and is the site of a regional championship which is held during the months of May and June.



A beach which probably has the most popularity in Sri Lanka is the Hikkaduwa beach. Located in the Southern Province close to the city of Galle, the beach Hikkaduwa is a remarkable golden sandy beach which stretches over a great distance. Dotted with various restaurants, inns, hotels, and pubs, the Hikkaduwa beach has a reputation of being a trendy tourist destination. The beach is the site of many hot parties and highlife events as well. The Hikkaduwa beach is also quite popular with surfers; owing to its excellent conditions, and also among divers; owing to the coral gardens beneath the surface.



The untarnished soft golden sand, clear turquoise waters, and its secluded nature makes Pasikudha one of the best beaches of Sri Lanka. Located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, roughly about 35km away from the city of Batticaloa, Pasikudha was inaccessible till 2009 due to the civil conflict. With the dawn of peace, access to this beach is open to the public who can discover the true beauty and tranquility of the Pasikudha beach. With several luxury hotels, an unhindered stretch of beach, and great conditions for water sports, Pasikudha is well worth a visit. It is also a great location from which to observe the sunrise over Sri Lanka. For those on the lookout for pleasing accommodation, a good option would be to check out the hotels in Sri Lanka in the region and for your convenience you can enlist the services of Cvisit; a user-friendly online booking service that offers a wide array of hotels to book into.


Nilaweli Beach

The Nilaweli Beach, located a few kilometers away from the eastern city of Trincomalee, is also one of the most popular beaches of Sri Lanka. This golden sandy beach has for a long period of time been a major tourist hotspot. The many luxury resorts and other attractions around this golden sandy beach certainly add to the overall Nilaweli experience. The beach is famous of diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and water skiing. Just 2km away from the beach is the famous Pigeon Island, a small island which is surrounded by remarkable coral reefs and marine life.



The wonderful stretch of beach at Mirissa is also a great destination for tourists. The golden sandy beach, mild climate, and lush greenery surrounding the beach certainly make it one of the most relaxing and tranquil beaches of Sri Lanka. The waters are ideal for swimming and water activities. Yet the biggest highlight of Mirissa is that the waters along the beach are home to herds of whales and shoals of dolphins. Taking a whale & dolphin watching tour in Mirissa is one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences offered by Sri Lanka, as it offers tourists the chance to witness Blue Whales, Spinner Dolphins, Sperm Whales, Bottle-nose Dolphins, and even Killer Whales!