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Top 05 Beaches to spend your vacation in Sri Lanka - Explore Sri Lanka's Best Five Beaches on Holiday

Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka is home to some of the finest beaches in Asia. From the best beaches of the south coast to the north east's gems here are the island's top beach hubs.

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Hikkaduwa Beach

Revered as a backpacker's haven and a luxury tourist Mecca for the masses Hikkaduwa Beach is akin to Bondi Beach Down Under in terms of its popularity and accessibility. A popular beach hub since time immemorial the laid back attitude and landscapes of this pristine beach haven make it a hit with visitors from around the world. Known for its excellent water sports conditions Hikkaduwa is the ideal venue to enjoy a spot of snorkelling or engage in a full blown diving expedition in the Indian Ocean. Wave riders from around the world also flock to this surfing hotspot where renting or purchasing any variety of water sporting gear is a virtual breeze. Known as a seafood lover's dream come true the Roti Shops in Hikkaduwa have also become a cultural institution of sports while the affordable retail options also make Hikkaduwa one of the top beaches in the country.

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Nilaveli Beach

Synonymous for its turquoise hued waters and powdery sands Nilaveli Beach is somewhat of a legend among Sri Lanka's beachscapes. Ideally located less than 20km away from the heart of Trincomalee this picturesque beach in the north east is one of the country's most well-preserved beaches as well as one its most popular beaches. Frequented by locals and tourists alike Nilaveli Beach is a diver's paradise and a snorkeller's dream thanks to the lush coral vegetation and marine life occupying its coastline. The best time to head down to Nilaveli fall between the months of May and September while visitors should also not forget to take a boat ride to nearby Pigeon Island when exploring this scenic beach's immediate attractions.

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Unawatuna Beach

As one of few crescent shaped beachfronts in the island nation Unawatuna beach is perhaps one of the most accessible beach hubs from the capital Colombo. A well-known resort haven for tourists and local travellers Unawatuna's breathtaking beaches and shallow waters make it a favourite for water sports enthusiasts and swimmers. Tranquil and private Unawatuna Beach is an idyllic piece of paradise for the romantically inclined. Popular water sports activities in the area include Jet Skiing, water skiing and snorkelling. The period between November and April is deemed the best time to head down to Unawatuna as the waters are at their calmest during this time of year.

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Kalkudah Beach

Another east coast wonder Kalkudah Beach is another stunning beach in sunny Sri Lanka. Perhaps best known as the beach which encompasses famed Passekudah Bay Kalkudah Beach is a shallow and pink hued beach that must be seen to be believed. Sharing the shoreline Kalkudah and Passekudah are ideal for swimming activities as the nearly wave less calm waters create a tranquil atmosphere. Revered as a surfer's Mecca the best time to visit the beach is during September when all of the east coast's beaches are idyllic.

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Kalpitiya Beach

Tipped to be one of the island's most coveted whale watching hotspots Kalpititya Beach is another must-experience beach in Sri Lanka. With its periphery infested with sperm whales and dolphins during the months of February and March visitors can experience more than sun, sand and surf in this whale and dolphin watching hub. Visitors in search of beach tours in Sri Lanka can consult Aitken Spence Travels to create bespoke beach itineraries to suit their needs.