Enclosed by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is known to be a true tropical paradise on earth where one can find everything – from the most secluded coves to the most bustling beaches. Before you plan ahead, we would like to take you through the top five beaches in Sri Lanka that are sure to impress you!




Feel the cool and refreshing breeze touching your face and whispering in your ears while you relax in the lap of absolute magnificence! With its lovely laid-back vibe and stunning delights, Mirissa, one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka welcomes tourists into an absolute haven of peace. A large number of restaurants and cafes are scattered along the coast that serve you fresh and delicious seafood. Apart from indulging in water sports, tourists get a chance to spot blue and sperm whales migrating around the southern coast of Sri Lanka.



Witness the never-ending beauty of sun, sea and sand at Unawatuna and take a dip in the ocean to relax and stimulate your senses. Unawatuna is a lovely banana-shaped beach with some rocks and stairs at the west end taking you to a small hill with a pagoda and a big Buddha statue. This picturesque beach is surrounded by large number of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and small kiosks selling souvenirs, clothes, jewellery and various goodies. Adventure enthusiasts can engage in a variety of water activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and wind surfing.



Negombo is an ideal, small beach town beautifully tucked near Bandaranaike International Airport. The calm waters and shining sun welcome travellers to the beach and encourage them to surrender to their charm in a flash. Water sports like fishing, kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling are some of the thrilling adventures to experience at the beach.


Arugam Bay

Well known for its surfing spots, Arugam Bay is a true delight for surfers from all around the world. This seashore presents an immaculate experience for the tourists and gives you a glimpse into the local life. Placed more than 300 kilometres from Colombo, Arugam Bay is the point where the waves can go up to a height of five to ten metres depending on the oceanic and swell conditions.



62 kilometres from the south of Colombo, Bentota is a fun-filled, family-friendly destination best known for its pacifying ocean and sailing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, water skiing, windsurfing and many water activities. With plentiful budget and luxury accommodation options around, this place is just perfect for all kinds of travellers. Along with the thrilling and adventurous water sports, one can also experience a boat safari to spot aquatic birds and crocodiles.

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