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10 Best Beaches in Sri Lanka – revel in beach beauty

For many travellers, the mere mention of Sri Lanka brings them an idyllic picture. And that idyllic picture has beaches in a corner. Sift white sands and deep blue ocean is an unforgettable experience for the travellers who make it a point to visit this small island more than once.


Unawatuna beach

Stretched across Sri Lanka's southern coast, Unaware a beach is frequented by many a traveller. They have fallen love with the beach's golden sand and the turquoise water. Many surfers find an ideal place for their hobby in Unawatuna.

But Unawatuna has a sad tale as well. As the place gradually became a tourist attraction, natural environs were invaded by hotels to cater to the tourist demands. All the same there is so much beauty left for you to enjoy. The water is still beautiful, attracting a large number of tourists. The hotels and cafes that surround the place are something unavoidable with the huge influx of tourists.


Mirissa beach

Hear a coconut cracked open, and chill on a hammock feeling the gentle breeze. Yes, that is Mirissa, where you won't feel hours slipping by. Just leave time alone and enjoy this rare rest with the gentle breeze blowing across you.

Thanks to tourist attention, here too it is not hard to find accommodation. Good Hotels in Sri Lanka are not a difficult task. Selecting a Sri Lanka hotel, even one belonging to Aitken Spence Hotels would be a good option if you plan to stay for a few days to enjoy the beach environs. Located four kilometres southeast of Weligama, Mirissa is one of the developing beaches in Sri Lanka. If you look for something else other than hotels, Mirissa beach is surrounded by a number of good guesthouses as well. On the wayside, you can come across simple cafes where you can enjoy a local snack for a lower price.


Tangalle beach

In Tangalle you face one of the widest stretches of beaches in Sri Lanka. Here you will feel as if you have entered an ancient world. Tangalla beach is one of a kind. Do not forget to revel in its beauty.


Arugam Bay

Amazing, you may call it at the first sight. Its moon-shaped curl of soft sand is attracting quite a number of tourists.


Galle Face Green

Very much popular among the locals, this is another beach you must travel. But try to visit there on a weekday, as the beach would get crowded by the locals. Located close to the Old Parliament building, it brings you a sense of the old world charm.


Trincomalee beach

Trincomalee is well known for its two beautiful beaches: Uppuveli and Nilaveli. Some areas are ideal for swimming as well.


Negombo beach

Quite popular as a fishing town, Negombo is just 35 kilometres away from Colombo. If you are a sea food lover, Negombo beach will be your paradise. You will find quite a lot of delectable such as squid and lobsters prepared according to local recipes.


Mount Lavinia beach

You will find it difficult to believe that there a commercial capital like Colombo has such beautiful beaches. Mount Lavinia beach is a beehive of activities retaining its beauty.


Hikkaduwa beach

Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa beach is another touristy place.



Alankuda is relatively lesser known among other beaches. But this is the ideal place for whale and dolphin watching. It will take about three hours to reach here from Colombo.