Best Beaches in Sri Lanka: A Guide to Sri Lankan Wonders

The tear-drop shaped island of Sri Lanka is a popular beach destination with people of all age groups. With its vast coastline that encloses the tropical beauty and ancient native culture, it gives an admixture of experience that one yearns for. May it be for adventure/water sports or just chilling at the beach, Sri Lanka has a beach to suit your want. Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful beaches and calm weather. It has many popular beaches like Arugam Bay, Dickwella Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Unawatuna Beach, Mirissa Beach, and Trincomalee Beach. Let us look at some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka that have been a popular beach destination for tourists around the world.

  • 15-Nov-2019
  • Written By: Vartika Srivastava
Arugam Bay

Arugam Beach

Arugam beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka. It is known as a paradise for every surfer. It is surrounded by Yala National Park which accords for the abundance of wildlife present here. The best months to visit this beach is from June until August. This is a season for high waves and hence considered the best for surfing. It is said that several International Surfing competitions are organized here in this season.

Arugam beach has many bays, a very popular spot is the Elephant point located at the end of the bay. Tourists visiting Arugam walk to this point to have a view of the whole surrounding. 

Where to stay?              

Jetwing Surf: It is the first eco-luxury surf resort in Sri Lanka. Jetwing Surf is located at a virgin beach in Pottuvil Point. The property is well known for being eco-friendly, warm hospitality and beautiful infrastructure.  

Aprota Villas: Located at the eastern shores of Sri Lanka, Aprota Villas is admired for its lush greenery and well-equipped villas. It is just a few minutes away from the famous Arugam Bay Surfing point.

How to reach?

By Air: The Sri Lankan Airlines arrange private air taxi on request landing directly at the Arugam Bay lagoon.

By Road: The transit time between the International Airport and Arugam Bay is seven hours. Private cabs are easily available at any time of the day.

 

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is one of the most happening beach towns in Sri Lanka. Popular for the rope swing at Dallawela beach, it has become a must-visit spot for every traveler backpacking for Sri Lanka. Unawatuna beach is equally popular amongst the tourists and natives. Tourists may rent a sunbed and relax, order a drink or local food from the beachside bars. They may also enjoy a walk alongside the beach in the evening.  

Where to stay?

Sielen Diva: It is located in Thalpe, a 15-minute drive from the UNESCO Heritage Site Galle Fort. Sielen Diva offers world-class facilities and comfort to its guests.

The Firangipani Tree by Edwards Collection: The property is located in the quiet and calm suburbs of Unawatuna. It is known for its smooth service and great hospitality.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport to Unawatuna is Koggala Airport, Sri Lanka. It is well connected with other major cities.

By Road: From Columbo to Unawatuna takes 3 hours ride by a private cab and over 5 hours by bus/public transport. The easiest way to get here is by hiring a cab.  

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa Beach

Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Mirissa beach is highly recommended for its natural beauty and cleanliness. It is less crowded compared to the other popular beaches in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka in August. At Mirissa beach, you won’t be bothered by hawkers and left alone to enjoy, read or relax. Surfing for beginners and intermediate level is practiced here, along with other water sports like snorkeling and whale watching.

From October to May, there is a high chance that you may spot a whale or dolphin. This makes Mirissa beach a popular one that you can’t miss!

Where to stay?

Mirissa Beach Villa: The villa abodes in the lap of nature, sparsely populated and well preserved. Mirissa Beach villa makes for a luxurious isolated get away from the hustle-bustle of city life.

Sri Sharavi Beach Villas: On the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sri Sharavi Luxury villa is located at the Mirissa beach. Oceanview rooms with luxurious amenities and private beach and pool serve as a source of complete relaxation.

How to reach?  

By Air: The International Airport of Colombo, Bandaranaike Airport is the nearest airport to Mirissa. It is actively connected with other national and international airports.  

By Road: Mirissa is 156kms away from Colombo by road. One may hire a private cab to commute to Mirissa or enjoy a bus ride for the same.

 

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa beach is located on the south coast of the Southern province of Sri Lanka. This beach is a must-visit spot for every adventure seeker. It offers ample options like surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and boating. Apart from the water sports, the major attractions are delicious seafood curries, Buddhist temples, and body massage for relaxation.

Where to stay?

Riff Hotel: The property is 20 minutes away from the UNESCO Heritage site Dutch Galle Forte. Riff depicts an excellent fusion of art, architecture, and luxury.

Villa Saffron: With white sandy beaches and turquoise water, the luxurious rooms and attics overlook the serene Indian Ocean.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport to Hikkaduwa is Koggala Airport which is at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers.

By Road: It takes around four hours to travel by bus or private cab from Colombo to Mirissa. 

Bentota Beach

Bentota Beach

Laid over the west coast of Sri Lanka, Bentota beach is the first choice of many sun-seeker. It has a wide range of hotels and outdoor activities. Bentota beach is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and considered a must-visit place for tourists visiting this place. You may spot an aquatic bird or enjoy mangrove on this beach. Here tourists indulge in water sports like parasailing, jet skiing or windsurfing.

Where to stay?

Taj Bentota Resort: It is one of the finest resorts in Sri Lanka. Apart from the super luxurious room, fine dining restaurants and bars, the spa center attracts a lot of tourists here.

Taru Villas-Rock Villa: Adhering to the traditional Sri Lankan values, this property gives a glimpse of what tradition and modernity blend into. It is a beautiful 170-year-old Walauwa Heritage House in a dreamy beach setting.

How to reach?

By Air:  The nearest airport to Bentota beach is Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo. It lies at a distance of 100 kilometers. Once you land at the Colombo International Airport, head to Bentota via cab.

By Road: Bentota is well connected to most other parts of the country by road transport. One may easily find a private cab to reach Bentota Beach.

It can be said that despite the twenty-nine-year long civil war, and the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Sri Lanka has still retained its charm. It is a top destination in South Asia for the adventure seekers and seafood lovers.