Sri Lanka is very famous for its beaches. The entire island is surrounded by blue crystal clear ocean. As a matter of fact, lot of hotels are based near the beaches.Some beaches even have a historical significance. The beautiful, breath-taking and panoramic views of the western, southern, eastern and northern coastlines are yet another proof of choosing this island as your ultimate holiday destination. Sun-bathing and sea-bathing all year round due to the fact that the country is a tropical one. The beaches around the northern coastline are fringed with palm trees whereas the rest of the coastlines are bordered with coconut trees and thereby providing a best chance to learn how to produce toddy.

Negombo Beach

The famous fishing town located 35 km north of Colombo, very popular among locals for buying fresh sea food. Delicacies such as squid and lobsters are made in nearby hotels and restaurants, you can literally taste the ocean. It is one of the beaches with a long history where during the Dutch colonization churches and forts were built, most of these structures are still seen today.

Bentota Beach

Bentota beach is one of the best beaches in the west coast, which has he added advantage of the Bentotariver. Both the beach & the river is ideal for water sports.the best beach for a romantic honeymoon.

Mirissa beach

Mirissa and it's breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transform your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality.Located close to the Southern tip of the Island of Sri Lanka and only about 200 km from the Equator, this secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and forget about all the hassle and bustle of your other life that’s a million miles away.

Mirissa beach is a great place for Whale watching in Sri Lanka. Best time for Whale watching in Mirissa is known to be from November to March.

Mount Lavinia Beach

The more popular place for beach parties since it is located pretty close to the commercial capital, Colombo. The beach is noted for its idyllic beauty and history. Beach sports such as, beach volleyball, windsurfing, beach rugby is very famous among the locals even. DJ nights take place frequently at MT Lavinia. Proximity to the capital.

Kalutara Beach

Situated 42 km south of Colombo.Kalutara is famous for it beach as well as for the Kalutarabodiya which is considered a sacred place for buddhist pilgrims. The best thing about the Kalutara beach is that the river is also at close proximities to it so sports like water rafting can be done.

Tangalle Beach

Tangalle is located in down south district of Hamabanthota few km away from Mathara. It is known for its pearly sand and fishing harbor, the endless beach reflects serenity of the country that is Sri Lanka. It’s one of the beaches which are famous for its coral reefs like Hikkaduwa.

Nilaveli Beach in Sri Lanka

Nilaveli beach is considered one of the purest white sand beaches in Asia. It has remained protected from tourists and visitors for a long time because of the war and after the war thousands of people are visiting Trincomalee and the Nilaveli beach. Nilaveli beach is relatively less crowded than most beaches in Sri Lanka and you want find many small shops or various other traders. Although this makes it ideal to relax sometimes it is an inconvenience because you can’t find a place to have a quick bite.

Kalpitiya Beach

One of the best beach for whale and dolphin watching along with snorkeling amongst beautiful corals. Canoeing, sailing, wind surfing also take place along this beach. It's a 3 hour drive from Colombo itself which is very convenient for tourists who stay in Colombo for the vacation. However Kalpitiya itself offers cottages and hotels along the beach for those who want to spend a romantic fun-filled day/night at this beautiful getaway. The Beach is paradise itself.

Hikkaduwa Beach

Majority of beach parties in Sri Lanka are held here. Known for its great resorts lining the coast and sandy beaches situated 98 kilometers south of Colombo. Scuba diving is much in demand in Hikkaduwa because of its legendary coral gardens.


Unawatuna is 120 km from Colombo and four kilometres south of Galle is popular tourist destination. Ramayanaya epic story says that Unawatuna was created from piece of earth of Hialaya. Sleepy peaceful clear waters of unawatuna are famous for safe bathing.


About 143 km from Colombo Waligama is a coastal town with various attractions. The most famous of all is the still fishing and rose-red ironstone cliffs. Still fishing is a scenic view from a distance when fishermen are supported by wooden poles standing in the shallow water catching small fish.

Arugam bay

Arugam bay is a small fishing village located 314 km away east of Colombo in Ampara District. This newest hotspot offers you best surfing, swimming and underwater photography.

Ambalangoda Beach

Ambalangoda is 86 km from Colombo. It is very famous for white sandy beach and for mask making using soft woods with bright colors.

Kalkuda beach & Passekudah beach

Kalkudah&Passekudah in Sri Lanka adorned with coconut palms set up an ideal stretch for bathing, Windsurfing and water skiing. Kalkudah Bay is a 2km long wide stretch of beach well protected by the off shore reef. Passekuda beach is wide and long. It spread along for 4km long just south of Kalkudah. The beach also houses a varied number of tropical fishes and exotic coral reefs. The combined beaches of Kalkudah and Passekudah are ideal for bathing as the sea is clear, calm and reef-protected: perfect setting for sun bathing, windsurfing, and skiing.