beaches sri lanka

Best Beaches in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is not only well-known for its history and beautiful Central Highlands, but also it’s incredible beaches. The entire coast offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a resort-style holiday, a world-class surf trip or a quiet tranquil getaway, this island has something for you. Here is a list of some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka.

Best Beaches in Sri Lanka

1. Unawatuna

This beach is great for swimming and offers beach side hotels and restaurants. Visit the nearby Temple Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya (that’s a mouthful!) and the Japanese Peace Pagoda offering stunning views over the ocean. Unawatuna is also known for it’s turtle hatchery protecting endangered species.


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2. Bentota

If you’re looking for a resort style holiday with calm beaches then this is for you. Enjoy some relaxing treatments at the Ayurvedic centers or partake in some water-sports such as water skiing or canoeing.


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3. Hikkaduwa

This beach offers a variety of larger hotels, small guesthouses and home stays for accommodation. The main street provides local shopping, in particular beautiful vintage silver jewelry and gemstones. There are some restaurants and bars to enjoy a bit more of a night-life scene. Hikkaduwa is also a popular surf spot. If you’re into that, check out Salty Swamis, a very trendy surf shop and cafe with incredible food @saltyswamis


hikkaduwa sri lanka


4. Mirissa

This is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka for swimming and relaxing, as well as enjoying the nightlife. In the right conditions Mirissa also provides you with some surf on the West end of the beach.  It is a little more touristy and busy than other beaches across Sri Lanka, but great for enjoying local dining at the beach by candlelight.


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5. Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is a renowned surf sport on the East coast, offering world class waves and clear blue waters. This laid back beach town is all about good vibes and happy people. Enjoy a yoga class or visit the Hulannuga caves, home the famous reclining Buddha statue.


Arugam bay sri lanka


6. Uppuveli

If you’re looking for a local and tranquil getaway then this beach is for you. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the city and one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka to enjoy a laid back lifestyle. Fernando’s is a neat little beach bar hangout well known for it’s awesome view. Enjoy a cocktail from the wooden mezzanine chill lounge overlooking the beach, or get involved in a game of beach volleyball with the locals. Nearby is the famous pigeon beach which is popular for snorkeling. Unfortunately most of the coral has died due to dynamite fishing in previous years. The island is now a National Park home to many tropical fish and reef sharks.


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