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Sri Lanka Beaches – Top 10

Lonely Planet named the emerald isle, Sri Lanka as the best country to visit a few months back. One primary reason to call the island as one of the best tourist destinations in the world is because of the presence of several beautiful beaches all around the island. Sri Lanka beaches are picturesque and breathtaking.
The green vegetation along with wide white beaches, the feel of soft sand, the warmth of the sun, ocean breeze, and the sound of the crystal clear waters spreading over the shore gives a uniquely authentic experience of relaxation and satisfaction.

The green vegetation along with wide white beaches, the feel of soft sand, the warmth of the sun, ocean breeze and the sound of the crystal waters spreading over the shore gives a uniquely authentic experience of relaxation and satisfaction.

Every month, over 250,000 tourists come to Sri Lanka, craving for this fantastic experience of happiness and relaxation.

In the beach areas, there are quite a lot of activities for tourists. 

  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Coral watching
  • Boat rides
  • Whale watching
  • Scuba diving
  • Sun bathing
  • Swimming

and even traveling to remote islands near the coast

Therefore, Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists who like to get away from their daily routines of work and experience nature. Tell me, who doesn’t want to experience the beauty of a lovely sunset being in a perfectly relaxed state of mind?

It’s heaven on earth. Sri Lanka Beaches.

Let’s see what the top 10 beaches tourists love to go out of all Sri Lanka Beaches are. There are mainly three areas in Sri Lanka where tourists can find the best beaches on the island in particular;

of Sri Lanka. Let’s explore amazing beaches in these areas.

Sri Lanka Beaches – East Coast 


Firstly, let’s talk about the east coastal line. East coastal line of Sri Lanka is an area with some scintillating set of beaches. The beaches are lovely in the early morning. Watching the color of the sun, and watching the sky with various types of shades and hues is like meditation.
At the same time, locals arrange a lot of activities at the beach premises. Here is a list of beaches you should definitely consider going if you are a beach lover traveling on the east coast of Sri Lanka.

arugam bay sri lanka

Arugam Bay

Arugam bay is named the best surf spot in the country by Lonely Planet. It is not a highly populated place. As a result, it gives extra value for tourists to enjoy the most with a lesser crowd. Even if you are not interested in surfing, there are beachside resorts and restaurants where tourists can enjoy the authentic tranquilizing vibe.

marble beach sri lanka

Marble Beach – Trincomalee

Marble beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the country. It is near the Trincomalee bay close to the longest bridge in Sri Lanka (Kinniya bridge). Sri Lankan Air Force maintains the beach. Therefore, security-wise, it is a very safe place. There are many lifeguards at service, but surprisingly, the water here is the calmest compared with many other beaches in the country.

nilwaeli beach sri lanka

Nilaweli Beach – Trincomalee

Nilaweli is 16 km north of Trincomalee. There is a lot of seaside resorts you can find in this area. The whole beach is separated from the country by a vast coconut palm grove. Similar to other beaches, other activities like snorkeling and boat rides are also available at Nilaweli beach.

pasikuddah beach sri lanka

Pasikuddah Beach

Pasikuddah is close to Batticaloa. It is a remote area where the population is at its minimum. It's a beautiful shallow beach. You can go at least 100m to 200m into the sea without a problem. It's an area rich in scenic beauty and nature. There are a lot of hotels close to Pasikuddah beach.

Sri Lanka Beaches – South

Secondly, let’s talk about the southern side of Sri Lanka. There are some fantastic beaches on the south side of Sri Lanka. Here is a list of attractive beaches in the southern province of Sri Lanka.

unawatuna beach sri lanka

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is very popular among tourists in the world. In fact, it is 6km away to Galle Fort. Unawatuna is a crowded place most of the time in the year due to its popularity. Because of that, there are a lot of activities at Unawatuna like coral watching, snorkeling, diving, etc.

mirissa beach sri lanka

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa is another scenic beach. This place is a popular whale-watching spot as well. Most of the resorts near Mirissa arrange trips for tourists to watch whales in the deep sea.

tangalle beach sri lanka

Tangalle Beach

Turquoise waters, coconut trees, and smooth white sand make Tangalle beach one of the most attractive beaches on the island. The sandy beach stretches many kilometers, and the sunsets over there are breathtaking. Swimming is dangerous in some areas, therefore please beware of that.

bentota beach sri lanka

Bentota Beach

Bentota is a popular area, consequently almost all the services as you are in Colombo. The broad brown sandy beach stretches for kilometers. There are a lot of hotels and resorts close to the seaside.

hikkaduwa beach sri lanka

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa is a surfing hotspot. Although the waves might not be as sound as in Arugam Bay. Hikkaduwa is also famous for its presence of corals a few meters away from the shore. Locals call it a Coral sanctuary.

Sri Lanka Beaches – West Coast

Thirdly, let’s talk about beaches on the west coast of Sri LankaWest coast is famous for its incredible sunsets. The way sun colors the sky with red, green, blue, yellow, and violet is just fantastic. The hotels and resorts rendering all kinds of services to tourists from around the world make it a beautiful place to be in.

negombo beach sri lanka

Negombo Beach

Honestly talking, the Negombo beach was a polluted place before. However, now they are taking steps to clean the beach. It's a good thing to hear. Negombo is very close to Katunayeka international airport. There are many churches in Negombo, and there is even an area named "Little Rome." A lot of Catholics live in this region. The availability of decent hotels makes it an excellent place to stay.

kalpitiya beach sri lanka

Kalpitiya Beach

Kalipitiya is a broad beach with white sand. Actually, it's a tip of a large lagoon on the western side of Sri Lanka. Not a very populated area making it an excellent opportunity for tourists to enjoy a lot.

Dangerous Sites

Although most of the beaches in Sri Lanka are safe for swimming, there are several places that tourists are advised not to go. In most of those places, red flags are indicating that it is dangerous to swim in the sea.
Please do avoid those areas on the beach since the sea might not be as fun full as it seems to be elsewhere. If you are thinking of having a swim, always check for lifeguards nearby. It is still good to enjoy, but remember to be on the safe side at all times. 

Sea can be rough sometimes. :)

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  1. Lovely article! Thanks for covering almost all the beaches in Sri Lanka. Would like to see more articles related to tourists places in Sri Lanka. Thank you and keep the good articles coming.

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