Visit Sri Lanka's Beaches
The island of Sri Lanka has more than 800 miles of coastline, along which stretch some of Asia's most beautiful beaches. Golden sands, gin-clear seas, a cooling breeze and the reaching shade of a tall palm tree come as standard. And, as an island nation, the beaches are a hive of activity and industry, with fishermen perching on stilts or setting out in small boats each morning and dragging their nets ashore each night.
These wonderful beaches are central to both Sri Lanka holidays and local life, and each one reflects the diversity of this Indian Ocean paradise. In the south, pumping swells attract surfers from across the globe and in Yala National Park, five species of sea turtle frequent the shores. In the east, the beaches around Trincomalee stare serenely at the Bay of Bengal and the close corals beneath. And on the western coast, the beaches of Negombo and Mount Lavinia are a stone's throw from Colombo and the central highlands, providing a quick breather to any tailor made travel plans.
Top itineraries in Sri Lanka's Beaches
In the company of your own driver guide you’ll explore the Dutch-colonial gems and stunning Indian Ocean beaches of Sri Lanka’s southwest corner.
A tailor-made journey through Sri Lanka, visiting its most impressive ancient monuments and beautiful beaches as you explore Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and more. Discover white-sand beaches, verdant tea plantations and architectural wonders dating back to the 11th century.
A week-long trip to Sri Lanka, including the Sinharaja Rainforest, Yala National Park, and whale and dolphin watching on the south coast
Top places to stay in Sri Lanka's Beaches
Wallawwa Hotel near Negombo is located in a beautiful colonial manor house, in three acres of manicured gardens
The Jungle Beach Resort is located on a beautiful Trincomalee beach, with rustic yet contemporary accommodation
Set in three acres of tropical gardens with palm-fringed pavilions and lily ponds, the resort is also located right on the golden sands of a tranquil beach, with views across the shimmering Indian Ocean.
Where to go in Sri Lanka's Beaches
Trincomalee is a port city on Sri Lanka's northeastern coastline. Once described by Nelson as the finest natural harbour in the world, the port has had a fascinating and at times conflicted history - and there is still a notable military presence thanks to Trincomalee's major naval base.
Bentota beach resort on the west coast of Sri Lanka is home to some of the country's best hotels. On the border between the Western and Southern Provinces, Bentota's beach is one of the west coast's best, rivaling those at Wadduwa and Negombo to the north.
Wadduwa is situated just south of Colombo, about as far away as the city and beach resort of Negombo to the north. A sleepy palm fringed beach, white sands and clear warm waters greet travellers and a number of quality B&Bs and luxury hotels on the beach make this a great stop on a luxury tailor ma…
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